Woodland stays ahead at PGA after rain-hit second round

Heather Diaz
August 12, 2018

The previous was the 1980 U.S. Open won by Jack Nicklaus, who shot 63 in the first round at Baltusrol along with Tom Weiskopf.

He sure didn't damage his chances.

All told he tallied 10 birdies (tying a PGA Championship record), three bogeys, a triple, and a partridge in a pear tree. But the club pro didn't make the cut, while the other ZJ did.

"It was awesome", said Stewart Cink, who also shot 66. "I didn't even think of (the 62)".

Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet.

While officials sounded the horn just after 3.30pm local time on Friday, Scott had fired a five-under-par 65 at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri hours earlier to earn a 36-hole score of five under. Garcia was even for his round and the championship with a few holes to play, and is trying to impress European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn with a strong showing this week.

He birdied the next two holes.

Asked what Furyk's reaction to all the birdies was, Finau said, "He didn't say anything, but he was just shaking his head". He inched closer to the cut with an early birdie on the back nine to get to 2-over, but never made another birdie and made a double-bogey at the 16th hole to effectively end his week. That's the mark of good players.

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"After the Open I wanted to do something different, just change the way I thought I on the golf course and he's been brilliant so far". Finau is No. 13 in the standings and this is the last week to earn one of the eight automatic spots. US captain Jim Furyk will then make two captains picks on September 4 and another two on September 10.

"It was hard to get my head round why and I didn't want to keep going in the same direction". "He showed a lot of poise".

Still, he was six shots behind in a tie for 19th with plenty of power players in front of him.

What was particularly encouraging for the 14-time major victor was the fact that some of his best swings came late in the day, including a bullet four iron to the par five 17th that set up a presentable eagle chance.

US Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a blistering 63, equalling the PGA Championship record for lowest round, to leapfrog into outright third at eight under. But after the first three rounds of this event and really the entire season Woods has strung together, it doesn't much matter if he gets it.

"For 29 holes I made three bogeys and played pretty clean - two of those were three putts".

Still, it is the first time since the 2005 Masters that Woods has shot consecutive rounds of 66 or better in a major championship. "Sometimes you are in your own mind and don't know where you are at". It keeps trending toward the red numbers, meaning it could take being under par just to play the weekend.

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