US PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka leads, Tiger Woods in contention

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In other words, at least he's somewhere in the arena. An early birdie in his second round pushed him to -5. You can see his updated scorecard right here.

Woods first had to complete 11 holes of the second round early Saturday morning, also finishing with a 66. Woods resumed on the eighth hole, where he had a wedge shot from 70 yards that he knocked close for a birdie.

"For 29 holes I made three bogeys and played pretty clean - two of those were three putts". That greatly shortens the golf course. In reality, I should have played the smart shot, just accepted par or bogey instead of trying to take the green. It is even more hard trying to catch Koepka, who looks rock-solid and has won consecutive U.S. Opens. That's just the nature of the way it's playing right now. Then play was suspended and the day got weird. He was inches away from pitching in for birdie.

Thousands of spectators watched Woods sink a 17-foot birdie putt on the first hole and drop his approach to four feet setting up a birdie at the second.

Even with back-to-back bogeys on the back nine, Koepka had a 4-under 66 for a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion who has been struggling through his worst season in almost two decades. That's been the most troubling aspect of his comeback, getting some of the little things done that champions do to keep on moving forward.

The quiet American looked set to match the largest 54-hole lead in tournament history when he bolted five shots clear after 13 holes from a large group including Tiger Woods at Bellerive. Francesco Molinari zoomed on past him.

Hitting the ball well and in the hunt.

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It's an annual expectation for the PGA Championship, which already struggles for an identity and for the interest the other three majors never have trouble generating.

But Woods could turn it only so far. "Hopefully I can go out and do a better job this time than I did the last time". The Ryder Cup appears to be another bonus sitting on Woods' plate these days. Barring a victory he won't climb into the top eight automatic qualifiers that will secure spots on Sunday (he trails Simpson, who holds down the last automatic qualifying spot, by 1,951 points), but Woods very much is on the radar of US captain Jim Furyk and his assistants.

Whether the magic is still there, we shall have to wait and see. "I've gone from zero (in Ryder Cup points) to basically 20th in seven months".

"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. It's like, 'Yeah, OK.' I don't know what to say to that.

For Woods, that meant stirring hours before the 7 a.m. local tee time to go through a stretching and therapy routine that is required of a guy who has had four back surgeries. He flashed that devilish smile.

But first, to the delight of what will be two large and appreciative weekend galleries, some work at Bellerive remained.

Despite being eight shots back and tied 28th the Texan was not throwing in the towel.

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