PGA Championship 2018 live blog: Tiger Woods shoots 66; Rickie Fowler gains on leaders

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The second round of the 2018 PGA Championship resumed Saturday morning with many golfers, including Tiger Woods, facing the prospects of playing a lot of golf as they try to get the tournament back on schedule. Keep it here for the latest news, scores and highlights on what should be a long and busy day from Bellerive Country Club. (All times ET)

11:00 a.m.: Woods seemed pretty pleased by his 66, but you have to wonder if he would have shot lower had it not been for Friday’s weather delay. The guy basically got robbed of a 62. Hey, just stating facts here, people. On a serious note, here’s what he had to say about his upcoming afternoon round.

“I just have to make birdies,” Woods told TNT’s Amanda Balionis following his round. “This leaderboard is bunched. And if you hit the ball well enough, there’s not a single putt that you have to be worried about getting away from you . . . you can be really aggressive.”

10:48 a.m.: After a wild tee shot, Tiger finds the green with his second and two-putts from 88 feet for par. He shoots 66 to move to four under entering the third round. Over the first two rounds, Tiger tops playing partner Rory McIlroy by one, but loses to Justin Thomas by two shots. All three will have a chance to win the season’s final major, but they’ll need to go low over the final 36 holes.

10:28 a.m.: No eagle for Tiger, but he’ll settle for his first birdie since the 11th hole. Playing partners Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy also take advantage of the par 5 and make birdies. One hole to go. That is, until their afternoon rounds.

10:20 a.m.: After a perfect drive, Tiger hits a low, hard cut with a 3-wood and… finds the front of the green! He’ll have a 30-footer for eagle.

10:07 a.m.: Tiger Woods makes a solid par on the difficult par-3 16th. He’ll head to the par-5 17th desperately needing a birdie to salvage what looked like it would be a really low round. Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler makes another lengthy par putt on No. 18 to post 67 and finish his second round at eight under. Here’s a look at the top of the leader board, which hasn’t changed much this morning:

  1. Gary Woodland (-10)
  2. Kevin Kisner (-9)
    3t. Rickie Fowler (-8)
    3t. Brooks Koepka (-8)

Click here for the full leader board.

9:49 a.m.: Rickie Fowler rolls in another birdie on the 17th hole to get back to eight under and in a tie for third. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson misses for par on 16 then misses his near tap-in for bogey. The bad news is Mickelson won’t make the cut. The good news is that he didn’t make matters worse by hitting a moving golf ball.

9:42 a.m.: Tiger makes a solid par on the par-4 14th, but he gets shown up by both his playing partners. Rory McIlroy holes a pitch shot for birdie from behind the green while Justin Thomas rolls in a 20-footer for his own birdie. Woods now trails Thomas by one in the side Super Group battle.

9:29 a.m.: After hitting what he thought was a perfect 7-iron on the par-3 13th, Woods’ ball finds a ridge behind the hole and rolls some 40 feet away. He two-putts for par, but at three under, he’s going to need to rally over the final six holes to be a serious factor heading into the third round.

9:17 a.m.: Welp. Tiger’s tee shot on the par-4 12th finds the right rough and sits down. He does a decent job to find the front of the green with his approach, but he three-putts (understandably) from 101 feet. That being said, Woods’ par putt was only from about five feet, the same distance putt he missed on No. 10. Now at three under with six holes to go, Woods finds himself seven shots back again.

8:58 a.m.: And the Tiger Train gets back on track on the drivable par-4 11th. Coming off a bogey, you’d think Woods would be tempted to go for the green, but his discipline pays off. After finding the fairway with an iron (Something he didn’t do on Thursday, leading to a double bogey), he spins a wedge to tap-in range for a bounceback birdie to move to four under again.

TACTICAL TIGER is in contention.

8:44 a.m.: The Tiger Train hits a minor road bump on No. 10. After a perfect tee shot, Woods comes up a little short on his approach and can’t get up and down for par. His pitch was OK, but Woods finally misses a short-ish putt, this time from five feet. Back to three under. Up ahead, Rickie Fowler also drops a shot on the par-3 13th to fall back to seven under.

8:34 a.m.: Rickie Fowler makes a terrific sand save on the par-4 12th, curing in a 10-footer for par to stay at eight under. Meanwhile, Woods, playing the difficult par-4 10th, hits his first driver of the day and. . . it’s absolutely perfect. McIlroy and Thomas also hit great tee shots.

8:27 a.m.: Tiger gets a bit of a break thanks to Justin Thomas facing a similar long putt first on the par-4 9th. After Thomas comes up woefully short, Woods strokes one to gimme range for par to remain at four under. Thomas three-putts for bogey and McIlroy two-putts for par. That’s a four-under 31 for Tiger to begin his second round. Could we see him seriously contend for a second consecutive major? This upcoming back nine in perfect scoring conditions will play a major role.

8:13 a.m.: Rickie Fowler begins his Saturday with a birdie on the 11th, the hole that’s been turned into a drivable par 4 for this round. Fowler moves to three under for the round and eight under overall. He’s now tied for third, and yes, in great position yet again to finally win that first major championship.

8:10 a.m.: After a beautiful wedge shot, Tiger Woods rolls in a six-footer for birdie to begin his day and get to four under for the round and the tournament.

Playing partners Justin Thomas (three under) and Rory McIlroy (one under) also take advantage of arguably Bellerive’s easiest hole.

8:06 a.m.: TNT shows Tony Finau’s approach shot on the par-4 12th. This is notable because despite Finau putting together one of the craziest front nines of all time yesterday with no pars (7 birdies, a bogey, and a triple bogey), the network didn’t show him during its coverage that was panned by critics everywhere, including yours truly. Here’s to a better showing from TNT today. . .

8:02 a.m.: The marquee group of Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy resumes in the middle of the par-5 8th. Thomas hits a spectacular 3-wood that lands right by the hole and rolls to the back of the green. McIlroy also goes for the green, but finds the front bunker and Woods lays up from the left rough as expected. Woods was three under thru 7 holes when play was suspended on Friday. It will be interesting to see if he can keep that momentum going and get back into this tournament.

8:00 a.m.: As the guys resume play, here’s a look at the top of the leader board:

  1. Gary Woodland (-10)
  2. Kevin Kisner (-9)
  3. Brooks Koepka (-8)
    4t. Dustin Johnson (-7)
    4t. Rickie Fowler (-7)
    4t. Thomas Pieters (-7)
    4t. Charl Schwartzel (-7)

For the full leader board, click here.


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