PGA Championship: Woods chases leader Koepka

Tony Finau watched his second shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, in St. Louis.

Brooks Koepka is the leader through three rounds at the PGA Championship. He was at 3-over par for the second round through nine holes and 4 over for the tournament, putting him in a tie for 111th. 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. I played 29 holes and I think I dropped three shots today and two of those were 3-putts.

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.

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.

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Koepka, who in June became the first man to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Strange in 1988-89, could become only the fourth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year, following fellow Americans Gene Sarazen in 1922, Ben Hogan in 1948 and Jack Nicklaus in 1980.

No one caught Woodland, meaning his 36-hole score of 130 stood as the PGA Championship record.

'I think it's been a hard week for everyone in the golf community, but we all know that Jarrod would want us to play on and do the best we can, ' said the 38 year old.

Back-to-back bogeys from the 14th saw Koepka's lead cut to one, before a two-putt birdie at the 17th doubled his advantage over Scott - who mixed six birdies with a sole blemish during his round.

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That figure could still be reduced if players are sold to overseas clubs, and Bridge continued: "It leaves you thinking 'where does it go in the next three weeks?'".

"I just have to make birdies". His first par of the round didn't come until after the turn.

"You always feel like you've got something to prove, whether it be to yourself or somebody else", said Koepka, who will take a two-stroke lead into the final round following a third-round 66. I said to my caddie a couple of holes before it was the most fun I'd ever had and then that happened.

If truth be told it was a small miracle that he managed to play his last six holes in two under par despite hitting one green, for a 67.

"If you hit the ball in the right spots on the greens, there's not a single putt out here that you are afraid of, " he said.

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And while Leeds 'keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell definitely could have done better, there's no denying the quality of the hit.

Had he made the eagle putt, he would have had a good chance of getting into the final group on Sunday.

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