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

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Woods moved inside the top-10 with five birdies in his first eight holes, as Rory McIlroy slipped further out of contention with an erratic one-over 71.

Koepka three-putts the fourth, lipping out a 4-footer for par.

As a neutral observer/Iowa State grad, I'd like to point out that Mizzou won the last regular-season game between the schools in the state of Missouri. I said to my caddie a couple of holes before it was the most fun I'd ever had and then that happened.

Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, he displayed shades of his pre-back surgery greatness with a near-flawless front nine on the rain-soaked layout.

Matt Wallace fired a hole-in-one at the par-three 16th on his way to a two-under 68, with fellow Englishmen Eddie Pepperell and Ian Poulter also in the group seven off the pace.

Woods has been pressing to play for the US Ryder Cup team but must win the PGA to automatically qualify for the squad going to France next month to defend the trophy against Europe.

UPDATE No. 3 (2:10 p.m. ET): Another strong front nine for Spieth!

Woodland's approach at the par 4 found a greenside bunker and he blasted his next shot into a bunker behind the green.

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It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere. It's soft, it's plugging, we're able to hold 4-irons, 5-irons, whatever we want, at the flags. Its soft, it's gettable and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars.

Tiger Woods was finished, and so were hundreds of the sunbaked fans who'd camped there all day, waiting as Woods marched around the course and up the leaderboard. He left at least two strokes on the back nine, and an argument could be made that he could have been six better than he ended up. "The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough, and I made sure on 17 I did". "On the second hole, when I hit it in the water, that was a big boost to knock it in there tight and only make bogey".

"After this week I could just retire, it's been so incredible". It doesn't get much better so I'm looking forward to it.

Bellerive has been lined with massive galleries, and Woods applauded them for their support.

"For me to make triple on 10, to give myself a little bit of confidence, I told myself I did the same thing in Phoenix", said Woodland. "Not only supportive, but just so positive".

Of course, the story of the tournament for Woods has been his play on the front nine over the first three days.

But then the golfing gods gifted this marathon Saturday out of left field and left us all with a Sunday at colorless and faceless Bellerive that could be the most memorable golf event of the year, and of many years to come.

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