Brooks Koepka Leads, Tiger Woods in Contention at PGA Championship

Sergio Cunningham
August 13, 2018

The day was over-except no, not quite. He's been playing consistently good golf and, while he's yet to win, a victory seems to be on the way (whether that's today or at a major tournament in the future).

This is the first time Tiger has been in the top 10 after 54 holes in consecutive majors since the 2012 British Open (fourth-place finish) and PGA (tied for sixth).

The best possible fix in the short-term: show more live golf from more players. For most of Saturday's 18 holes, Woods drove traffic.

A crowd of reporters laughed at Koepka's retelling, but it's clear this is one golfer who doesn't often find real or imagined slights amusing. Brown, who's been to numerous PGA Championships in his life, said he hasn't seen crowds like these before.

"I just have to play my own game and just be patient".

The Offaly man was out on course early this morning and clearly in the zone.

. A little boy in a neon shirt perched on a tree branch above them.

"I enjoyed every minute", he said.

"And I really hit some great shots the next couple of holes, gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, and made a couple of them". Instead, he may have overcorrected. He sent the ball four feet from the hole and converted the tap-in to remain at 10-under.

He holed only one lengthy putt, the other four birdies coming from tap-in range, or close to it.

"[The wet conditions take] the creativity of the greens away, for sure", he said.

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He never imagined what it would take for him just to get to the weekend. So there's no feeding putts.

Now, if he can only get the putter to cooperate. "We don't have any, the greens are too slow and too soft for that".

Being unable to score on the back nine has been a constant for Woods all week. He certainly gets points for showmanship and a willingness to attract some eyeballs, but he doesn't quite get full marks for creativity; Brown said he remembered seeing another fan do something similar about a year ago, and decided this would be the flawless time to go for it.

Tiger Woods birdied five of the first eight holes and charged into contention for his first major title since 2008 in Saturday's (Aug 11) third round of the PGA Championship.

And the answer to that question is getting clearer. It's the nature of the course that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that separate him from Woodland.

"7:30 this morning it was a packed house on the 10th tee", Australian golfer Adam Scott said Friday. As Woods ground out the back nine on Saturday, tens of thousands of fans walked and whispered and roared as if he was marching toward a win, as if he had this thing in hand.

Woods is by no means the favorite.

Wallace moved up the leaderboard thanks to a hole in one on the par-three 16th, describing it as the "best shot of my life".

And so what? Tomorrow's shirts will be red, and tomorrow's tournament could still be Tiger's.

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