A Bellerive Country Club course that had earlier flirted with surrendering the lowest rounds in major golf history was soaked by showers, leaving a tantalyzing prospect for 14-time major champion Woods as half the field of 156 that resumes play Saturday morning.
Tiger Woods ran off three birdies in four holes Friday before thunderstorms halted his fightback and suspended the second round of the 100th PGA Championship with Gary Woodland clinging to a one-stroke lead.
He watched playing partners McIlroy and Woods immediately birdie the par-five eighth on resumption, with the Northern Irishman picking up two further birdies to move to three under, seven shots off the lead. The 34-year-old shot a 4-under-par 66 on Friday, carding a 130 for the first 36 holes of the tournament and setting a PGA Championship record. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst No 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open. "There's no excuse. It's one or two extra putts from 10 feet for par or birdie", Scott said. Tiger will play 11 more holes Saturday morning to complete that round before playing the normal 18 holes of the third round. "It's very warm out here so I definitely need a change of clothes and a shower and a freshen up, then I'll come back out and get ready to go".
The 14-time major victor was three under for his round to that point and carried on where he left off on Saturday morning, pitching to five feet and holing the birdie putt.
Bellerive is getting battered with low numbers, as the 36-hole cut record of 141 is in danger.
"If you hit the ball in the right spots on the greens, there's not a single putt out here that you are afraid of, " he said.
After an errant tee shot on Bellerive's hard par-4 10th (Johnson's first hole of the day) bounced off a spectator and into an unplayable lie on tree roots, Johnson took a penalty for an unplayable lie.
"I felt I was headed in the right direction", Woods said. "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". "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags". He drove the ball unbelievably and he gets that putter going quite often. "I bogeyed the last, but sometimes when you have bad shots, you're going to make bogey". It just changes the way you work the next few holes, I feel all the time.