Lowry ready for final day PGA Championship charge

Gary Woodland leads US PGA

Woods, who has never won a major title when not leading after 54 holes, owns 79 career PGA titles, three shy of Sam Snead's all-time record.

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

For all the talk about the PGA Championship being the red-headed stepchild of the major season, Sunday at Bellerive Country Club could be the year's most exciting of all the majors. Although he said, and did, all the right things on a sweltering Saturday, moving to within four strokes with a 4-under 66, he's in a similar position to where he was starting the final round at last month's Open Championship. He'll enter Sunday's final round eight shots behind leader Brooks Koepka.

The 28-year-old is 18 holes away from winning three of the last seven majors, not bad considering he missed one of those Grand Slam stops earlier this year when he was rehabbing a wrist injury during the Masters.

"I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why", he said.

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A roar resounded across the 7,316-yard layout when Woods dropped a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth to pull level with the chase pack behind Koepka and Woodland. "Tiger's never been to St. Louis".

One shot back of Scott sharing third are superstars Jon Rahm (66) and Rickie Fowler (69), as well as overnight leader Gary Woodland (71). Brown, whose family traditionally attends the PGA event every two years, was decked out in a full-length tiger costume as he followed around his favorite golfer Saturday. "Everybody out here is so good, and you look at this leaderboard and there are names that I've grown up watching that everybody else loves to watch play, and it should be an exciting day tomorrow".

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"I know I can shoot around a 7- or 8-under around here", he said. And I made sure on 17 I did.

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. Koepka closed with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, with three more players at 9 under separating Koepka from Woods.

It's similar to last month at Carnoustie, where Woods also trailed by four heading into the final, held the lead with eight holes to go and eventually tied for sixth, three strokes behind victor Francesco Molinari.

This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.

Hocknull, who shot a 72 on Thursday, started on the back nine Friday with bogeys at 10 and 16 and a birdie at 11 to stand 1-over for the day. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth.

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

"I can think of plenty of people along the way telling me I'll be nothing", he had said the other day, "working at McDonald's, doing things like that".

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