PGA Championship: Woods chases leader Koepka

Gary Woodland and Kevin Kisner are in prime position halfway through the 100th PGA Championship

Gary Woodland and Kevin Kisner are in prime position halfway through the 100th PGA Championship

This look only looks good on Woods. "And that might mean shooting 5 under again to hang around, but I would love to be in the mix coming down the stretch and have the chance to hole some putts to win".

And Woods knew the putt was bad. After netting five birdies on the front nine, he'd shot even par since, and to knock his score down to 10 under for the tournament would have done wonders.

The thunderstorms which blighted the second day of the 100 USPGA Championship gave way to that other forced of nature known as Tiger Woods and he, too, charged the Bellerive air with electricity as he loomed into contention for the second straight major.

Koepka took the lead back by birdying the 15th hole and 16th holes, putting the pressure back on the Australian.

"Another low round", Woods said. Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself because you're trying to downplay it yourself a little bit, but it's a pretty intense environment out there.

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Tiger fans and Tiger fans, of the Missouri and Woods variety, will be rooting against Woodland, but Kansas fans have grown by the day and have made their presence felt.

Former world number one Woods, who on Saturday morning finished off the last 11 holes of a storm-halted second-round 66, made a sizzling afternoon start, opening with back-to-back birdies and, after a bogey at five, adding two more at the par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh.

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"I'm exhausted. I am definitely exhausted", Woods said. "And I made sure I did on 17". He's the first Utah resident to make the cut in all four majors in one year since Sandy's Mike Weir in 2008.

"It was nice to have that in my back pocket, been there in that same situation and came out on top".

Koepka, who in June became the first man to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988-89, could become only the fourth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year, following fellow Americans Gene Sarazen in 1922, Ben Hogan in 1948 and Jack Nicklaus in 1980.

Woods was among 77 players who returned early on Saturday to complete the weather-delayed second round.

Through three rounds, Woods is 10 under on the front nine, but he's 2 over on the back.

He had the Bellerive gallery in a frenzy late Saturday, as he moved up the leaderboard with a string of three birdies on 6, 7 and 8.

Woods will go into Sunday in the same spot he was at the British Open in July, at four strokes off the lead. Justin Rose (-4) leads the English challenge, with Matt Wallace and Ian Poulter just a shot back.

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