Exhausted and hungry, an old Tiger survived 29 holes Saturday. He couldn't save par with a 100-foot bunker shot on the 14th after a poor drive, and his tee shot on the 15th settled behind a tree, forcing him to take relief with a penalty shot.
And Woods knew the putt was bad. He bounced back immediately moments later at the par-3 sixth, hitting a brilliant cut shot to inside of 10 feet to set up his third birdie of the day.
That's exactly what happened on Friday at Bellerive Country Club. Woods resumed on the eighth hole, where he had a wedge shot from 70 yards that he knocked close for a birdie.
"Really confident going into tomorrow with the way I fought the last eight holes, " he said.
The most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. In fact, Koepka might be the only golfer on the planet capable of making Woods feel a bit self-conscious about the size of his own pipes.
The potential theater for Sunday is more mouthwatering than some St. Louis-style barbecue from Salt + Smoke.
The former world No. 1 ended his second round with a four-under, 66 - good for six shots back of the lead. He'd won the Barclays Classic and three more times after his triumph at Augusta, riding a sweet swing and long putter to the forefront of golf's youth revolution.
"It's been such a hard thing I think for us to get our heads around because we have been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia and everything happening so suddenly last week and then this week". "Someone will go out and do it and I'm glad I'm in that position that it could be me".
"I made sure on 17 I did".
"Then I thought I had a shot [from the woods] and just didn't quite pull it off, had a tough break [going out of bounds]".
Koepka gave the field a glimmer of hope after moving to 13 under with back-to-back bogeys at Nos.
Meanwhile, Koepka will take a two-shot lead over Australian Adam Scott into the final round on Monday after shooting a four-under 66 that left him at 12-under for the tournament.
After birdieing five of his first eight holes and playing the front side in 31 strokes, Woods stalled on the back nine, failing to convert any birdie opportunities and squandering a handsome chance at the par-5 17th, where he three-putted for par. He finished out the front nine with a birdie at 8 and a par at 9 to finish with a 4-under 31.
This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.
Round 2 of the 2018 PGA Championship will conclude in the morning after rain halted play Friday afternoon.
"It's not necessarily the physical, it's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat, " he said. That would go such a long way for everyone.
After finishing tied for 48th after the first round, then tied for 19th after the second, he is tied for sixth going into the last.
Spieth second-guessed his decision to try to hit a 5-iron out of the woods en route to the triple.