While the golfers were putting up low scores, the only thing that could stop them was mother nature.
A Bellerive Country Club course that had earlier flirted with surrendering the lowest rounds in major golf history was soaked by showers, leaving a tantalyzing prospect for 14-time major champion Woods as half the field of 156 that resumes play Saturday morning. That was barely enough for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner, one of three players who came to the final hole with a shot at becoming the first to post a 62 in the PGA.
He reached the par-5 eighth hole in two shots and two-putted for a birdie to climb to four under and six shots off the pace.
The 42-year-old American, who hasn't won a major title since the 2008 US Open and hasn't won any event in five years, sank a 14-foot birdie putt at the second, a five-footer to birdie the par-3 third and a 10-foot birdie putt at the fifth hole, then dropped in a 15-footer to salvage par after finding a bunker at the par-3 sixth.
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. 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.
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Woodland, who has never finished inside the top 10 at a major in 27 previous attempts, led after the first round on six under and extended his advantage with a birdie on the 11th after starting on the back nine. So guys, I think we'll see some putts go in.
"I feel safe where my game is", Woodland said.
"It's always a bit frustrating to have to come back and finish a round in the morning, but that's golf, and something I will just have to deal with", Fox said after his truncated round. "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there". I mean, there's a lot of Mizzou people out there.
"I'm very happy with where I'm at", he said. The golf course is gettable and I'm holing a few putts.
"Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron", Kisner said.
Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry". "We're going to have a pretty good battle if I can keep up with him". I have more people coming in this weekend.