Big-hitters beat up on Bellerive at PGA Championships


Former PGA champs Justin Thomas and Jason Day are only four behind Koepka, and one behind them is Open victor Francesco Molinari, who stared down Tiger in their Sunday pairing at Carnoustie. "This course would be phenomenal - and probably is phenomenal - if it's not playing soft".

Bubba Watson was on the safe side of the cut to start the second round at even, but he shot 78 on Friday to drop to 8-over and well below the cut line. "This golf course is stacked right now and everyone is bunched", Woods said. Woods played 29 holes, while Fowler played 26.

For any other golfer, it would have been respectable, impressive, good for an aside.

"And I took the wrong mindset", Scott admitted Saturday after shooting a 5-under 65 that left him two shots back of Brooks Koepka heading into the final round of the PGA Championship. Superficially, the rock-chinned, burly-chested Koepka looks like an exercise in pure bashing power golf, of muscle meeting technology.

The St. Louis fans, who have proven so far this week that they root for birdies of more than just the Cardinal type, should get a much better finale Sunday.

"Honestly, I haven't hit it great, up to my standards, these first couple days", Finau said.

Ben Kern, the only club professional to make the cut, shot a 67 Saturday to move to 3-under for the tournament. "You can really control the spin, the flight". He was in nearly exactly the same position three weeks ago at Carnoustie - tied for sixth, four back - and put himself in the lead on the back nine.

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. Adam Scott, the former Masters champ with leading-man looks, is right there, and so is burgeoning star Jon Rahm, at 23 the most promising young Spaniard since Sergio Garcia.

Gary Woodland almost buried his PGA Championship hopes in sand with a triple bogey horror show in the bunkers on Saturday but dug himself out of trouble to remain in contention for a first major title.

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Charl Schwartzel, defending champion Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Shane Lowry and Stewart Cink all joined Woods at eight under.

As Woods said, "Guys are making birdies from everywhere". Lyle suffered through three separate bouts with acute myeloid leukemia and made multiple comebacks to pro golf during the fight. 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.

"You're going to have to keep firing".

"It was nice to have that in my back pocket, been there in that same situation and came out on top". That was four back of leader Brooks Koepka - well within striking range, but not as good as it might've been.

"Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron", Kisner said.

Still, there was enough trouble if you got too aggressive or sloppy, or decided you didn't quite belong in that company.

If the appearance of this duo at the leaderboard's summit is something of a surprise, the same can not be said for the men in pursuit.

The big-hitting Koepka threatened to run away with the lead on moving day, having led by five shots at one stage, but two bogeys in the middle of his back nine gave the rest of the field hope.