Koepka beats Tiger Woods to win US PGA, Scott third

Gary Woodland leads US PGA

Gary Woodland leads US PGA

The ball looked good as it approached the hole, but it hit the right edge, went partially down the hole before violently lipping out. Woods also made two bogeys on the day, but his awesome 6-under 64 put him in at 14 under.

And Woods knew the putt was bad.

To say Brady Brown of Robinson, Illinois came prepared with his attire for this PGA Championship would be an understatement.

"I can live with that", he said Friday after a 4-under 66.

He is four strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka and in a tie for sixth.

Woods had a similar outlook after his round: "Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds".

"That self-belief has to come out and I feel like the last six to eight weeks has been a real positive for me".

This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Frankly, everything about this golf tournament in the St. Louis Cardinals' backyard was supposed to be for the birds.

By Saturday evening, Koepka had taken the lead by two shots.

"They have been unbelievable", Woods said of the fans. "It's 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".

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

I asked Woodland if he might have needed one more club for his second shot. Scott missed his from 18 feet; Koepka made his from 10 feet.

Finau completed his adventurous second round Saturday morning, finishing with 10 birdies in a 4-under-par 66 that was good enough to make the cut.

He did just that over the first nine holes, making five birdies on the front nine on the way to a 31 that drew him within two of the lead.

After birdieing five of his first eight holes and playing the front side in 31 strokes, Woods stalled on the back nine, failing to convert any birdie opportunities and squandering a handsome chance at the par-5 17th, where he three-putted for par.

Tiger Woods is still without a win in his comeback, but he is so close to back. A double bogey at 11 was swiftly followed by another dropped shot at the next hole and Tiger had to settle for a share of sixth as playing partner Francesco Molinari triumphed.

Woods said he had trouble judging the speed of the greens, especially on the back nine, and his three-putt on 17 was the result of an over-correction. He not only changed shirts this time, he changed colors - from a gray-and-white striped design early in the round to royal blue from the fifth hole on.

"Twenty-nine holes, it's not necessarily the physical, it's this mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat".

Woods didn't discount the fact that the long day might have had an impact.

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