PGA Championship Round 4: Tiger Woods hole by hole

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

"This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft".

After looking for his ball in the reeds at the PGA Championships, Spieth found one, picked it up and hurled it straight into the water.

"[On Saturday], I was in there with Dustin, and everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka said.

"It's not necessarily the physical, it's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat, " he said.

"I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds", said Woods, who made eight birdies and three bogeys over the course of the two rounds. Woods, who said Saturday's round-and-a-half of golf left him mentally exhausted, will have to make every birdie he missed thus far. But he demands consideration as a better, more complete and more delicate player than that.

A 12-under 198 total still left Koepka within sight of his third major title in 14 months, but the two-times U.S. Open champion's grip on the Wanamaker Trophy had loosened.

Of course, we've all been there, save the part about playing in a major and actually being good enough to warrant being ticked off at missing a fairway. In the lead at 12 under, Koepka is supplying the rolled-up sleeves and the kind of blacksmith arms that would've left Arnold Palmer's arms on the wrong side of a before-and-after ad. "It's been insane all week", Woodland said.

Put another way, he's poised to prove that he's arguably the best major championship player at the moment.

Seeking to add a second major title to his 2013 Masters triumph, Scott will tee off in the last group at the year's final major alongside two-time US Open victor Koepka. "You can really control the spin, the flight".

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There were so many other big names jostling for position that at one point it felt more like a auto race than a golf tournament. Then there's Scott, Rahm, Fowler, Woodland, Stewart Cink, Jason Day and Justin Thomas to contend with, as well.

Only 28, Koepka followed up his second-round 63, which tied a PGA Championship record, with a 4-under 66 that landed him 18 holes away from his third major.

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

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.

Koepka birdied the fifth then matched Woodland's birdie at the par-5 eighth to stay on top, stretching the margin with an 11-foot birdie putt at the ninth while Woodland made bogey.

Woods' front nine charge - 4-under - came to a screeching halt on the back. He added a two-putt birdie at the 17th and ended the second round in a tie for 19th place, six shots back of Woodland.

The question is whether Woods will be able to keep up such a hot scoring pace for another round and fight through such a sluggers' row of fellow established champions.

Now Koepka has to hold off a wide circle of PGA contenders that's heavy on instant name recognition and, in Woods, that includes arguably the greatest golfer ever trying to write one of the game's greatest tales.

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