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Tiger charges into the hunt as Koepka takes lead at 100th PGA

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The US Open champion, who led by two shots overnight, shot a four-under 66 to win by two on 16 under par.

Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now as one of golf's big guns, winning the PGA Championship with machine-like precision to go along with his back-to-back US Open titles.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, trying to complete a Career Grand Slam with a victory this weekend, got to within four of the lead but was undone with a triple bogey at the par-4 12th after going out of bounds with his second shot.

It wasn't meant to be for Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship where he finished tied for second.

Koepka, who missed the Masters with a left wrist injury, opened birdie-birdie to grab the lead after playing partner Woodland made bogey at the second, but Woodland birdied the third hole to pull level.

The way Brooks Koepka played on Sunday, Tiger couldn't afford any room for error.

For Tiger to have a chance, he absolutely needed a quality drive on the par-5 17th. While Woods was unable to close out a win at The Open last month, he did lead on Sunday entering the back nine.

It looked curtains when a par putt horseshoed agonisingly out at the 14th but back came Woods with a tap-on birdie at the 15th.

That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all majors. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par.

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"I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to do", Koepka said, "I should win the golf tournament".

"I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds", said Woods, who made eight birdies and three bogeys over the course of the two rounds.

Schwartzel's only top-five finish since his Masters triumph came a year ago when he finished third at Augusta National behind the head-to-head duel of victor Sergio Garcia and Britain's Justin Rose.

Koepka joked about working out in a public gym this week with Johnson and not being recognized.

He looks up to the task, based off his last couple of tournaments.

After another errant drive on the 14th, the four-time PGA Championship victor suffered a costly bogey.

Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet.

Those 68 shots were hit by a total of only 13 golfers.

Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots. "Most majors the weekends get hard, but I think this course you're going to have to keep shooting birdies".

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