Tiger Woods electrifies PGA Championship crowd with back-to-back birdies

Shane Lowry had an early start on Saturday morning to complete his second round at the weather-affected PGA Championship in St Louis, and the in-form Offaly man picked up where he left off on Friday.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and former Masters victor Charl Schwartzel each shot 63, which matches the lowest score in tournament history, one that had been shot 14 times.

Koepka and Charl Schwartzel tied the PGA Championship record - previously set 14 times - of 63.

Woods completed 36 holes at 4-under 136 and is six strokes behind leader Gary Woodland, who set the PGA Championship 36-hole scoring record of 130.

Finau, who found himself clear back in a tie for 120th place after the first round, started off on fire with five straight birdies on Friday and he had moved up to even par for the tournament, right on the cutline after 11 holes when play was suspended for the day because of lightning and rain. At the par-3 sixth he blasted out to 14 feet and sank the clutch par putt, then parred seven before the storm struck.

Rory McIlroy could not put the same pressure on the leaders however as a single birdie on the fourteenth only enough to leave him on two-under for the tournament with his second round almost completed.

But it means a long day of 28 holes for the 42 year old on Saturday, the first time he will have played more than 18 holes in one day in this latest comeback.

Resuming on the second hole, his 11th of round two, the flawless golf continued from the former Irish Open victor who started with a par and followed it up with his fourth birdie of the round on the par-three third (his 12th). "For sure, it was the craziest round I think he's ever seen".

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.

"I didn't know", Koepka said. "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there". I'm putting well, and I'm very happy. "I was telling it to go".

"I'm in a lot better position than I was when I came out here this morning, which is great", Thomas said. "I didn't know that was such a rivalry". He's absolutely striping it and rolling the rock, so if he's going to keep that up we're going to have a pretty good battle if I can too. I have more people coming in this weekend.

  • Rosalie Stanley