Adam Scott two shots behind leader Brooks Koepka at US PGA Championship

Justin Thomas reacts to his shot from the fourth tee during the first round of the PGA Championship on Aug. 9.
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Tiger Woods birdied three of his first five holes played.

Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and the late starters Friday had the same idea and were on the same track until the sky darkened, thunder rumbled and storms arrived to stop play for two hours, until it rained so much the PGA called it a day. Along with his three birdies, he saved par from a bunker on the par-3 sixth hole from about 18 feet. "I kind of said last night I felt like there was a 65 in the way I was playing and just have to do it". "I played 29 holes, made - I think I dropped three shots today and two of those were 3-putts".

"That self-belief has to come out and I feel like the last six to eight weeks has been a real positive for me".

However, his challenge stuttered on the back nine with a run of frustrating pars, wasting an eagle chance by three-putting the 17th, to finish on eight-under 202.

Curiously, he's 10-under on the front nine and 2-over on the back - a trend that's going to need to be corrected if he's going to have any chance to capture his 15th career major championship Sunday. It nearly goes without saying that until he can find some consistence with his scoring clubs - namely his wedges and his putter - he will continue to fall short in the majors.

"Another low round", Woods said.

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"The golf course is gettable", Woodland said.

Both his 66s were compiled in the same fashion, shooting 31 for the front nine and 35 blows for the inward half. He just found a way to bury his friend, playing partner and the world's top player, Johnson, and in doing so won the same tournament at 1 over that he won at 16 under the year before. It's soft, it's plugging, we're able to hold 4-irons, 5-irons, whatever we want, at the flags. "I have played some good golf but inconsistently".

The thunderstorms which blighted the second day of the 100 USPGA Championship gave way to that other forced of nature known as Tiger Woods and he, too, charged the Bellerive air with electricity as he loomed into contention for the second straight major. "I shouldn't have been that aggressive with that first putt and it cost me". "They're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough". And we can't see where it lands into the shade, but when it landed the crowd started cheering and then it rolled in and they went mental and it kind of reverberated back to the tee and then I just went insane.

"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is", Woodland said. "They were talking about him as we left and I was just standing there laughing". He hit his approach 20 feet above the hole and didn't know a record was at stake - until after he missed.

Woods had never played a competitive round in St. Louis before teeing off this week at Bellerive, so it's understandable that his performance this weekend has drawn a massive swath of patrons tracking his every movement on the course. "Not only supportive, but just so positive".

Schwartzel's only top-five finish since his Masters triumph came a year ago when he finished third at Augusta National behind the head-to-head duel of victor Sergio Garcia and Britain's Justin Rose.

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