Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Woodland's PGA hopes almost buried in sand trap horror show

Golf ball lands just a few feet from Dustin Johnson as he's taking a shot Golf ball lands just a few feet from Dustin Johnson as he's taking a shot
Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2018, 20:24

As a neutral observer/Iowa State grad, I'd like to point out that Mizzou won the last regular-season game between the schools in the state of Missouri.

All the big names have chance to win @PGAChampionship!

Gary Woodland almost buried his PGA Championship hopes in sand with a triple bogey horror show in the bunkers on Saturday but dug himself out of trouble to remain in contention for a first major title.

On cue, those players have ascended into a Sunday showdown that could make the 100th PGA Championship one for the ages. "Going into the back nine within three shots on Sunday, anything is doable".

The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars.

"There's a lot of star power and it should be". Playing together too, you think they could get it right, but I ... guess we're built pretty similar.

"I'm looking forward to playing on the weekend and competing in a major".

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had two bogeys against a birdie at the second in the first five holes in round three.

"Kind of reminded me of being in the vortex a lot of years ago", Cink said with a smile. "I hit it good on the back nine. The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong".

Gary Woodland set a tournament record before storms suspended play during the second round of the 2018 PGA Championship Friday in St. Louis. Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great.

His mindset? Take it low.

That left Woods five strokes off the pace of U.S. 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.

"It's definitely moving in the right direction and 65 at a major is always a good score", Scott said. It might be that he's back to using a modified version of his long putter, or perhaps it's a peace of mind that came with rehiring his brother-in-law, Brad Malone, as his swing coach after a couple of years apart.

Bellerive is in Missouri and Woodland, who hails from the next door state of Kansas, would be a highly popular victor of the Wanamaker Trophy should he clinch it today. He's the first Utah resident to make the cut in all four majors in one year since Sandy's Mike Weir in 2008.

"It can show its teeth if you're not driving it well", Thomas said. It carried him through those lonely months of inactivity as he recovered from a left wrist injury and those far flung early days of his career when he chased his dream to the four corners of the globe on the European Challenge Tour.

"I'm exhausted. It just takes a lot out of you", Woods said. "Twenty-nine holes, it's not necessarily the physical, it's this mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat. It takes it out of you not just physically but mentally". In fact, after draining a 10-footer for par to keep his front-nine momentum intact, Woods had birdie putts of 20, 16, 14, 8 and 20 feet at the 11th through 15th holes, a 20-footer for eagle at the 17th and a 14-footer for birdie at the 18th - and made none of them.