Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had three bogeys against two birdies over the first 10 holes in round three.
For the third straight day at the wide-open, squishy Bellerive Country Club, Woods hit the ball well from tee to green - he hit 15 greens in regulation - and looked every bit the contender he was three weeks ago at the British Open, where the cheers seemed louder and more heartfelt than they'd been in the past. He hit a 4-iron so pure on the par-5 17th hole that he immediately began walking off to it, and thousands of fans roared when it settled 20 feet from the hole for an eagle that could have brought him within one of the lead. But Woods contended on the back nine Sunday in the final two majors of the season a year after not playing competitive golf. "You're going to have to make some birdies".
"I thought, it's probably Tiger's last time coming to St. Louis, so I might as well go all out", Brown said.
"That was enough to make me play a little more freely. I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one".
Woods then birdied the first hole on Sunday, but could not generate any momentum thereafter, playing the next 15 holes in one over par with 14 pars and a solitary bogey. Woods was one of the golfers to not complete his second round.
Four years and a day after winning the last of his four major titles in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla, McIlroy gave himself a glimmer of hope with birdies on the 10th and 11th, only for the 29-year-old to double bogey the next after a wayward drive. They had to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning because of rain that deluged Bellerive late Friday afternoon. "They were talking about him as we left, and I was just standing there laughing".
Finau was among five players who accompanied Furyk to France this summer for a scouting trip at Le Golf Nacional, the host course of the September 28-30 Ryder Cup matches. Woods resumed on the eighth hole, where he had a wedge shot from 70 yards that he knocked close for a birdie. My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. "I didn't even think of it". After a par at No. 9, he rattled off three more birdies over his next four holes.
Best of all was making the cut on the number at even-par 140, the lowest score to make a cut in the 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship.
After taking relief from a cart path, Woods had to play a huge draw from matted down rough and somehow roped a shot 11 feet right of the pin.