It has not been as easy for Woods (-3) or McIlroy (-2) but both men will tell themselves a low round on moving day will put them in the hunt.
ST. LOUIS - Gary Woodland set a 36-hole scoring record at the PGA Championship on Frday, while two players matched the tournament scoring record of 63 during the early portion of the second round at Bellerive Country Club, which was eventually suspended due to storms.
Kisner, Koepka and South African Charl Schwartzel each flirted with the lowest all-time major round of 62 fired by South Africa's Branden Grace in the third round of last year's British Open at Royal Birkdale.
Woodland shot a 66 and finished his day as leader in the clubhouse by one stroke with a score of 130, a record after two days at the PGA Championship.
Woodland took a one-stroke lead into the day after shooting a 64 Thursday and chipped his way to a birdie on his second hole Friday, No. 11.
Woods, 42, found himself three-over par after the first two holes.
The 14-time major victor was three under for his round to that point and carried on where he left off on Saturday morning, pitching to five feet and holing the putt to improve to four under par.
But it's not likely anyone is going to catch Woodland before the second round is officially complete. The third round will be played in groups of three, teeing off from hole No. 1 and hole No. 10, about 30 minutes after the second round on Saturday. So guys, I think we'll see some putts go in.
"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is", Woodland said.
"I have my brother on the bag, and he's doing a great job, really enjoyed it", said Lowry, who had restarted on four-under. "And when I stand over a golf ball putting as comfortable as I am right now, I'm pretty excited".
"I'm all right with it", Kisner said.
"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year".
"I'm very happy with where I'm at", he said. "Sometimes you are in your own mind and don't know where you are at".
"I'm in a lot better position than I was when I came out here this morning, which is great", Thomas said. Personally, I would prefer more hard and firmer, faster conditions on the greens.