Tiger Woods roars back into contention at USPGA Championship

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It's been much the same this week in St. Louis. Only good ol' Midwestern hospitality could save this PGA Championship from itself, along with appreciative, single-day crowds that seemed big enough to fill Busch Stadium for a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

The four-time USPGA victor is four shots off the lead heading into the final round at St Louis, with Brooks Koepka now leading the field.

Woods sank a 17-foot birdie putt on the first hole and dropped his 145-yard approach at the second to four feet with a 9-iron to set up a birdie. Rickie Fowler has a chance to win this thing at age 29, and to finally hand off the scarlet letters BPNTWAM (Best Player Never To Win A Major) to some other poor soul.

Australian Scott produced a ball-striking round of impeccable quality, a 65 the best score of the afternoon, marred only by a couple of missed putts, including a seven-footer at the last. He's been the target of Mizzou hecklers ad nauseam during the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, was the sole leader after the first and second rounds, and carded a triple-bogey on the 10th hole Saturday.

If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem". Koepka just may be that kind of complete, too. Woods, who said Saturday's round-and-a-half of golf left him mentally exhausted, will have to make every birdie he missed thus far.

Brooks Koepka had his rivals on the ropes but could not deliver a knockout punch and had his lead whittled to two strokes over Adam Scott after the third round at the PGA Championship on Saturday. He has a chance to make history in the same town where his great uncle, an old shortstop named Dick Groat, helped the Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series. After earning his keep the hard way on the minor league circuits overseas, he swaggers about with a chip on his shoulder the size of a beer keg.

Koepka likes to point out that he often feels like golf's nowhere man.

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But it is the first time in 14 tournaments this year that Woods has faced more than 18 holes in one day due to a weather delay.

"They have been unbelievable", Woods said of the fans.

It's like, 'Yeah, OK.' I don't know what to say to that. "It was like, 'All right'".

"To hole in one on a Saturday at a major was really special". I think the three Jayhawks would enjoy that. You're always trying to prove somebody wrong.

If he's going to win major No. 15 he'll need to outplay a generation that's only seen his greatness on YouTube, and that means he must be aggressive.

Birdies were abundant early, a hint that scoring conditions might rival those of Friday that saw three players make a run at matching the all-time low major round of 62 by Branden Grace of South Africa from last year's British Open. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA. That's just the nature of the way it's playing right now.

Showing up to the golf course with a tail might not be for everyone, but Brown was glad to show his support for the competitor everybody's talking about at Bellerive.

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