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.
He made birdie on the par-four first hole, again on the back of a great approach shot which left him a one-metre putt, but a three-putt on the par-four fourth hole put him back to even par for the round.
Then he drilled his tee shot at the 10th right down the middle. Rounding up, Rickie Fowler (69, 9 under) played 27 holes, Jason Day (67, 8 under) sweated out 28, and Tiger Woods (66, 8 under) and Justin Thomas (68, 8 under) endured 29. He hit a 4-iron so pure on the par-5 17th hole that he immediately began walking off to it, and thousands of fans roared when it settled 20 feet from the hole for an eagle that could have brought him within one of the lead. Instead of being near or at the top of the leaderboard, he finds himself four shots back of Brooks Koepka, who leads the field by two.
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.
"I need to assess where I'm at, and I think the best thing for me to do right now is take a couple of days off and reflect on what I need to do going forward".
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"That was enough to make me play a little more freely". Furyk then has four captain's picks to make on September 4.
After a strong start, Woods began to struggle on the par-4 fifth hole, starting a stretch in which he seemed to need a Global Positioning System to find a fairway.
"Another low round", Woods said. Plenty went missing; we saw none of Tony Finau's insane no-par roller coaster front nine (7 birdies, a triple, and a bogey). "They were talking about him as we left, and I was just standing there laughing".
"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".
No one caught Woodland, meaning his 36-hole score of 130 stood as the PGA Championship record.
In the third round, Finau made four birdies and three bogeys.
"For some reason I can really tune in in the majors", he said, "and I have no idea why".
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