Koepka and Schwartzel match record low score at US PGA Championship

Tiger Woods was joined by Rory Mc Ilroy and Justin Thomas for the first round

Tiger Woods was joined by Rory Mc Ilroy and Justin Thomas for the first round

The Golf Channel's Justin Ray highlights how good the scoring was on Friday, tweeting that it was only the second time in major championship history that there were two scores of 63 in the same round.

A four-under third round by the 14-time major-winner took him to nine-under and four behind leader Brooks Koepka, who had four holes remaining.

Kisner made bogey on No. 9 and finished the day with a 64, one stroke behind Woodland and one ahead of Brooks Koepka, victor of the past two U.S. Opens.

Woods, a 14-time major champion in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery, birdied five of the first eight holes and shared sixth on eight-under par through 14 holes at Bellerive Country Club. "I was giving him crap because he let us down on the back nine with only three birdies".

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

Finau was among five players who accompanied Furyk to France this summer for a scouting trip at Le Golf Nacional, the host course of the September 28-30 Ryder Cup matches. "Its soft, it's gettable, and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars, you're going to have to make some birdies".

In contrast, Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee. I'm delighted to be where I am and looking forward to the afternoon and tomorrow.

Spieth didn't get under par for the tournament until his seventh hole Friday - the par-3 16th hole - and he managed to do enough right for a 66 to get within seven shots of the lead. He hit 8 of 9 greens on the back nine.

Koepka is trying to become the first player since Tiger Woods to capture the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year. "I was fortunate to where I played well this morning", said Thomas. Adam Scott is two back of Koepka, with Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland in a tie for third, three strokes back. "I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are". "We're going to have a pretty good battle if I can keep up with him". He found a fairway bunker and parred the par-5 17th then left a 49-foot birdie putt five feet short at the 18th.

Koepka ran off three straight birdies after he made the turn and came to the par-5 ninth at 7 under for the round. He was at seven-under, three shots behind Woodland with eight holes to play.

Woods himself didn't have an answer earlier this week.

The course is playing shorter than it did in the opening round, including a driveable par-4 on the back nine.

Spieth needs to win the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam.

"Everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds", said Woods. Tiger Woods sits tied for 24th at minus-3.

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