Tiger Woods drawing biggest stir at PGA Championship


Or the British Open.

Ireland's Shane Lowry is relishing the chance to claim a first major title after surviving a marathon third day of the 100th US PGA Championship.

He parred every hole on the back nine and his 66 matched his lowest round in a major this year, but he was a little disappointed, not least with a three-putt at the par-five 17th. He missed 15-foot birdie putts on 15 and 16 and reached 17, a par 5, in two, but three-putted from 42 feet, leaving the first putt 11 feet short.

After a strong start, Woods began to struggle on the par-4 fifth hole, starting a stretch in which he seemed to need a Global Positioning System to find a fairway.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, needing only the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam, opened birdie-birdie but took a double bogey at the par-3 sixth then followed that with three consecutive birdies.

That left Woods five strokes off the pace of USA compatriot Koepka, who birdied five of his first nine holes to make the turn on 13-under par, three shots ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland with Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, and American Kevin Kisner another stroke adrift. And so he might, he could, it's so easy to imagine, because of that experience, because of how he's driving the ball, hitting greens, staying steady.

I asked Woodland if he might have needed one more club for his second shot.

He lost a stroke on the next hole, though, dropping his first bogey of the day on No. 6. 7-9 to go out in 3-under 32.

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Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, began four back. See above on how to follow his whole round.

He is now in a six-way tie to round out the top-10 at -8.

"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said.

Finau was among five players who accompanied Furyk to France this summer for a scouting trip at Le Golf Nacional, the host course of the September 28-30 Ryder Cup matches. Woods tees off at 2:35 PM.

The 2-8 PM Eastern window is a limited one, more in line with what the Masters offers on Thursday and Friday, and the PGA doesn't have the Masters' ability to artificially suppress supply in hopes of increasing demand.

Many wearing Jayhawks on either their golf caps, shirts, or both, fell into a stunned silence as Woodland made his way from the 10th green to the 11th tee box, staring at the manual scoreboard being carried between the ropes, the board that showed Woodland had fallen six strokes behind Koepka, his two playing partner along with Kevin Kisner.

Woods has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event in five years.