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Aug 10 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 10 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Dustin Johnson hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After play was suspended due to inclement weather on Friday, Woods resumed his second round early Saturday morning and played his final 10 holes in even par to post 66.

Friday morning at the PGA Championship was a thrilling spectacle for golf fans, as Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzl each shot 63 and Kevin Kisner came up one shot shy of the mark.

Woods hit two ideal shots to give himself a 19-foot putt for eagle, then burned the right edge with an effort that carried a little too much speed.

Woods completed 36 holes at 4-under 136 and is six strokes behind leader Gary Woodland, who set the PGA Championship 36-hole scoring record of 130.

Woods got back to four under with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 17th, McIlroy doing likewise to reach three under.

Like his final-round surge at The Open last month, excitement mounted as the 42-year-old briefly moved within two shots of the lead.

Koepka rallied with a birdie at the 17th for a two shot lead over Australian Adam Scott, who shot a fine 65, with Spanish slugger Jon Rahm (66) three off the pace alongside another big hitter in American Gary Woodland and majors almost man Rickie Fowler.

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.

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In contrast, Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.

Just ahead of them, two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 9.

"The difference between the level I think I've played at and the top level is very fine and really after a little while it's just that little bit of confidence that you lack", Scott said after his six-birdie round was blemished only by a closing bogey on the ninth. A heavy rainstorm on Friday night will produce even lower scores than Bellerive saw on Friday.

Once Turner finally came on the air at 2, things didn't get much better.

The big-hitting Koepka threatened to run away with the lead on moving day, having led by five shots at one stage, but two bogeys in the middle of his back nine gave the rest of the field hope.

'I actually played well on the back nine in both rounds, ' insisted Woods, with good reason. "But you just feel like you can have lots of chances".

Birdies were not only everywhere, but necessary to stay in contention, and Spieth knew it, particularly at 17 - a par 5 where eagle is in play and birdie is a must. "I shouldn't have been that aggressive with that first putt and it cost me".

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