Koepka takes 2-shot lead at PGA Championship

Poulter is playing his fifth straight week

American Gary Woodland was leading the field with a daunting clubhouse total of -10 but there were birdies to be had.

For the second time this season the game's best will begin a Sunday at a major chasing Koepka, and Koepka will begin his day in the gym.

Nevertheless, this is golf, and golf always reminds you that no man is bigger than or outside the bounds of the game.

Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, in many ways Woods's four-under 66 was, for nine holes at least, a rollicking trip down Memory Lane, given the third round charges that were once his calling card having largely disappeared. 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. But he missed the eagle.

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.

The 25-year-old is without a win since victory in the Open at Royal Birkdale last year and 12 months on there would be no repeat at Carnoustie, where he went into the final round with a share of the lead but stumbled to a closing, birdie-free 76.

Now he gets another shot, and it most likely will take another round like Saturday.

Woods continued to give himself opportunities with some solid play between tee to green, but was unable to convert any of the birdie chances in a run of 10 straight pars.

"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year".

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Koepka was at 12-under 198 and will play in the final group of a major for the first time. The previous was the 1980 U.S. Open won by Jack Nicklaus, who shot 63 in the first round at Baltusrol along with Tom Weiskopf. Built like a boxing heavyweight, no-one could lay a glove on him on this course that plays into the hands of the big hitters.

"I can really tune in in the majors, and I have no idea why", said Koepka. I'll eat a few meals tonight and then I'll be ready tomorrow, you can be sure of that'. "And that might mean shooting 5 under again to hang around, but I would love to be in the mix coming down the stretch and have the chance to hole some putts to win".

Woods is bracketed on eight-under with defending champion Justin Thomas, Australian former world number one Jason Day, Ireland's Shane Lowery and South African Charl Schwartzel.

"It's a pretty intense environment out there".

"It was awesome", said Stewart Cink, who also shot 66. Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great. The only person on the course who wasn't convinced, it seems, was Woods himself.

Round 2 of the 2018 PGA Championship will conclude in the morning after rain halted play Friday afternoon. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters victor Charl Schwartzel each shot 63, which matches the lowest score in tournament history, one that had been shot 14 times.

Midway through the afternoon round, the cut was projected to be even par.

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