US PGA Championship: Tiger needs to bring end to back-nine blues

How Adam Scott got his groove back at PGA Championship

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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.

It was also the lowest final round in a major championship Woods has shot his entire career.

The third round was due to begin about 30 minutes after the end of the second round on Saturday, with players going out in groups of three - instead of the traditional two - off the first and 10th tees.

Former world number one Woods completed a second-round 66 at Bellerive on Saturday morning, then carded the same score in his third round to share sixth place at eight under, four behind front-runner Brooks Koepka.

He watched playing partners McIlroy and Woods immediately birdie the par-five eighth on resumption, with the Northern Irishman picking up two further birdies to move to three under, seven shots off the lead.

Woods has never won a major, and he's won 14 of them, when trailing after 54 holes.

"I was struggling with my golf swing", Woods said.

As for Woods? He felt the love, and he gave it right back to St. Louis. He tied Gary Player's record for the most birdies in a round in the PGA Championship.

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"He recognised who that guy was that day", Bjorn said.

Woods certainly had no problem picking up shots in the final round a week later at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - a tournament he has won on eight occasions. "Everybody on the golf course heard it".

Koepka and Woods, the victor and runner-up (Scott bogeyed 18), met exactly five years ago.

"What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing here". He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. 2018 is Woods' best year in half a decade, and the sport is better off for it.

Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots.

Woods' back nine was more mixed as he suffered bogeys on 10 and 12, but the 14-time major victor countered that with two further birdies after hitting four on the front nine for a 66, which took him to four under overall. 2 and 3 and after sending his drive at the ninth hole left into the Midwest multitude, a common theme on his opening loop, he played his second from the mud and mayhem to 10 feet and calmly rolled in the birdie putt.

"I had to kind of figure this out on my own and it's been really hard - a lot harder than people think", he said.

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