US PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka leads, Tiger Woods in contention

Ian Poulter fired a three-under 67 despite only one practice day

Ian Poulter fired a three-under 67 despite only one practice day

"[On Saturday], I was in there with Dustin, and everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka said. "All in all, we'll play aggressive and just stick to what we've been doing".

Woods was among 10 players within four shots of Koepka, the two-time defending U.S. Open champion who is seeking his third major title in his past six outings. That was four back of leader Brooks Koepka - well within striking range, but not as good as it might've been. Now they just want to go play soccer with me.

LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk. Even more than the British Open.

The top 70 players including ties make the cut. In fact, Koepka might be the only golfer on the planet capable of making Woods feel a bit self-conscious about the size of his own pipes.

"I feel safe where my game is".

"It just changes the momentum of your round so much when that one goes in or not". It's been a comfortable week for me. "I've made, what I thought might take weeks, kind of a turnaround to be able to trust and hit some really quality shots and work my way up a major championship leaderboard in the span of hours".

The shot of the day came from Englishman Matt Wallace, who recorded a hole-in-one on the par-three 16th.

The 42-year-old, who only returned to competitive action in November after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April last year, also holed from six feet on the eighth for his fifth birdie of the round, before a par on the ninth took him to the turn in 31.

Schwartzel's effort put him at seven-under alongside world number one Johnson, who collected five birdies over his last seven holes for a four-under 66. He's 5 under for the championship. South African Brandon Stone was seventh on 134. The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball.

Stone covered his mouth in disbelief, asking whether it bounced out of the hole.

"So in eight holes, he had seven birdies", Furyk said.

Daniel Berger would've been forgiven for packing the clubs after his first nine Thursday. It's the second year in a row Watson failed to make the weekend at the PGA Championship. "I knew I was playing well and had made a few birdies". He added a bogey-free 67 on Saturday to reach 5 under for the championship.

Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet. "It's amusing how things work", said Berger, who's also been dealing with a wrist injury this week.

"They were talking about him as we left and I was just standing there laughing".

Francesco Molinari's chances of becoming the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win the last two majors of the year are still alive after a 2-under 68 left him five shots off the lead.

At the 10th, Woods found the right rough and pitched to eight feet then made a tension-packed putt to rescue par, a right fist-pump showing his joy at avoiding a third consecutive bogey on the hole.

"I'm having a great week". Brown, who's been to numerous PGA Championships in his life, said he hasn't seen crowds like these before. "We were saying yesterday as big as the Ryder Cup, probably". "A lot of college team-mates, a lot of people from college". So it's great to see.

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