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Aug 10 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller lines up a putt on the 17th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 10 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Jordan Spieth and caddie Michael Greller lines up a putt on the 17th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. Mandatory Credit Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

And Woods knew the putt was bad.

After a bogey at the fifth, Woods responded with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth, a seven-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh and a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole.

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 15th green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club. "I'm going to be back behind the lead probably at least four now".

As Woods said, "Guys are making birdies from everywhere".

"I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds", said Woods, who made eight birdies and three bogeys over the course of the two rounds.

The most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. No one made more in one stretch than Woods, who electrified the gallery with a 31 on the front to start his third round.

The potential theater for Sunday is more mouthwatering than some St. Louis-style barbecue from Salt + Smoke.

That left Woods five strokes off the pace of USA compatriot Koepka, who birdied five of his first nine holes to make the turn on 13-under par, three shots ahead of Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland with Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, and American Kevin Kisner another stroke adrift.

But Tiger's putter? It brought more moans than cheers from the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods.

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"It's been such a hard thing for us to get our heads around because we've been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia, and everything happening so suddenly last week, and then this week, you know, I don't even know if we've really had time to reflect on it and let it sink in". I just made a double bogey, but I'm enjoying it so much.

"Then I thought I had a shot [from the woods] and just didn't quite pull it off, had a tough break [going out of bounds]".

Meanwhile, Koepka will take a two-shot lead over Australian Adam Scott into the final round on Monday after shooting a four-under 66 that left him at 12-under for the tournament.

You could pardon Woods for looking like he needed a shave and a fresh shirt after nearly 12 hours of golf, with a 7 a.m. start to complete his rain-halted second round followed by the third.

Scott's countryman Jason Day was flirting with a leaderboard charge on moving day, snaring two birdies on his front nine, before a dropped shot at the 10th and and a birdie at the 13th have left him at seven under.

This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.

But his experience on the back nine at Bellerive was different, in part because of storms that took him off the course in the middle of his second round Friday and brought him back for a 7 a.m. restart Saturday. "It's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat".

"I can think of plenty of people along the way telling me I'll be nothing", he had said the other day, "working at McDonald's, doing things like that".

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