Woodland sets PGA record as Championship halted by rain

Woods hit a two-under par back nine to finish at level par

Woods hit a two-under par back nine to finish at level par

Shane Lowry had an early start on Saturday morning to complete his second round at the weather-affected PGA Championship in St Louis, and the in-form Offaly man picked up where he left off on Friday.

The American was facing his third shot to the par-five eighth hole at Bellerive Country Club when an approaching thunderstorm forced play to be suspended on Friday afternoon.

Woodland added a 66 to his opening 64 to complete 36 holes at 130, the lowest total in the championship's 100 years and bettering the mark of 131, which had been shot nine times.

Woods sank a 14-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a five-footer for birdie at the par-3 third and a 10-foot birdie putt at the fifth. Unfortunately, Finau carded a triple bogey on the par-3 6th hole, which brought his cut probability back down to 50 percent. The second round will resume at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Rickie Fowler, who says he's playing with an oblique strain, is also a 7 under through 10 holes.

"It's going to be a long day", Fowler said.

Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol.

Woodland has a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner, with Koepka another shot back followed by Schwartzel, Dustin Johnson and Thomas Pieters in a tie for fourth at 7 under par.

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Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had three bogeys against two birdies over the first 10 holes in round three.

"And on top of that, if you hit the ball well enough, then you're going to leave yourself in the right sections. The key is to get the ball in the fairway and attack from there".

After an errant tee shot on Bellerive's hard par-4 10th (Johnson's first hole of the day) bounced off a spectator and into an unplayable lie on tree roots, Johnson took a penalty for an unplayable lie.

"There have been ups and downs and I just feel like I'm starting to play a better golf game".

"But it was a big thing for me to hole than and go on to make a couple of birdies from there".

"I feel like I've been doing all the right stuff, and I just haven't been doing it on the golf course".

"I played really well", Koepka said. With a front pin on the seventh hole, he went some 25 feet beyond the flag and holed the putt, and then got up-and-down from a bunker on par-5 eighth. "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags". I mean, there's a lot of Mizzou people out there.

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