Tiger Woods fan dresses the part at Bellerive's PGA Championship

Joann Johnston
August 12, 2018

Tiger Woods sits tied for 24th at minus-3.

Taking advantage of the marshmallow-soft greens, he hit a series of precise approach shots and converted with the putter to plunder five birdies.

Nothing against Francesco Molinari, but had it not been for his playing competitor, Woods, being in the hunt on Sunday, the British Open might have had the worst of the three 2018 major finishes.

Fox started on the back nine at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, shooting even par through his first nine holes. He'll enter Sunday's final round eight shots behind leader Brooks Koepka.

"Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds, " Woods said.

"It would be more than twice the thrill for me, but I think no matter who wins tomorrow I think if that person has met Jarrod Lyle, then they will have felt something with him passing this week", Scott said.

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Woods heads into the third round on four under par. Frankly, everything about this golf tournament in the St. Louis Cardinals' backyard was supposed to be for the birds.

A former world number one and the 2013 Masters victor, Scott muscled his way into second place on 10-under, while Spaniard Jon Rahm (66) and Americans Rickie Fowler (69) and Gary Woodland (71) were three behind.

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As of now, just going off the broadcast, it feels more like a mid-level PGA Tour event than the 100th edition of one of golf's most important, tradition and history-rich championships.

Tiger will have a short break and then get back on the course for his third round later this afternoon. "Someone will go out and do it and I'm glad I'm in that position that it could be me". "And I made sure I did on 17. And I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one".

But it doesn't mean he won't have a chance to catch Koepka, who got to 13 under before he showed glimpses of a struggle - making back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 to come back to the field.

Meanwhile, Koepka will take a two-shot lead over Australian Adam Scott into the final round on Monday after shooting a four-under 66 that left him at 12-under for the tournament.

There are still 18 holes to play - and as they say, anything can happen - but Jordan Spieth's bid to complete the career Grand Slam with a PGA Championship victory was effectively squashed Saturday.

Coming off a three-putt bogey on the fifth hole, Woods ran off three straight birdies to get in range, only to stall on the back nine like he has done so often this year.

What followed was another chapter in a consistent trend: Woods has played the front nine in 10-under par this week, but has played the back at 2 over.

But for all the buzz Woods generated on Saturday, the reality is that capturing a 15th major from four shots back of the front-running Brooks Koepka will require something special. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather.

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