Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies

Gary Woodland leads US PGA

Gary Woodland joined Nick Faldo Brandt Snedeker Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth as the only men to score 130 at the halfway stage of a major

Of course, we've all been there, save the part about playing in a major and actually being good enough to warrant being ticked off at missing a fairway. In the lead at 12 under, Koepka is supplying the rolled-up sleeves and the kind of blacksmith arms that would've left Arnold Palmer's arms on the wrong side of a before-and-after ad.

Sunday's play will decide the victor of the fourth and final major of the golfing season with the PGA Championship itself moving to a May date for the 2019 season.

Also in Woods' group, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are flirting with the line as well as neither has played particularly well. For all the wrong reasons, Koepka has been largely overlooked like vegetables on a buffet.

Outside of a third-place finish at the Masters, the former world No. 1 has lost his mojo for much of the season, potentially leading to the moment of frustration.

Koepka uses that indifference, be it real or perceived, as fuel. It carried him through those lonely months of inactivity as he recovered from a left wrist injury and those far flung early days of his career when he chased his dream to the four corners of the globe on the European Challenge Tour.

As Woods said, "Guys are making birdies from everywhere".

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A bogey at five was followed by a run of three straight birdies, each ratcheting up the excitement. "They really get my attention".

Some players were closer to Lyle than others - and a handful of them find themselves near the top of the leaderboard presenting the chance of an extra emotional outcome.

The consensus before this week's PGA was that Bellerive would favor the long hitter and there's nothing on the 54-hole leaderboard to suggest that won't be the case.

The US Open champion, who had led by five shots, carded a four-under 66 to stay ahead of Australia's Adam Scott. On the check list of players who have the tools to turn Bellerive into a pitch-and-putt count the Spaniard atop the list, and like the other members of the cast he's also not lacking in confidence. It's like, 'Yeah, OK.' I don't know what to say to that.

The same could probably be said for Fowler, who is tied with Rahm after a third-round 69, and Day, the 2015 PGA champion who is another stroke back at 8 under and tied with Thomas, this week's defending champion.

As for Woods, his new competitive reality has never been so clear.

Finau shot a 4-under 66 that bordered on manic. It's great to have your brother on the bag, your dad out there watching and you're going and competing in the final round of a major. "I feel like yesterday I played really well too and sometimes you just don't really score very well. but today I drove it beautifully".

Showing up to the golf course with a tail might not be for everyone, but Brown was glad to show his support for the competitor everybody's talking about at Bellerive.

Koepka was at 12-under 198 and will play in the final group of a major for the first time. "So I'll be looking to clean that up".

"Everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka smiled. ". It was the craziest round I think he's ever seen". "You should see the best players in the world come to the top, and that's what you have". "Because of that, you got to make birdies".

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