13 numbers to know about Round 3 at the PGA Championship

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Shane Lowry could not repeat the heroics of his second round 64, however, the Offaly man remains in the hunt for his maiden major at the PGA Championship following a one-under 69 at Bellerive Country Club.

Tiger Woods charged into contention for his first major title in 10 years while two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka seized a three-stroke lead at the turn in Saturday's third round of the PGA Championship.

The 14-time major victor was three under for his round to that point and carried on where he left off on Saturday morning, pitching to five feet and holing the putt to improve to four under par.

Woods completed a second consecutive 66, finishing with ten straight pars to take the clubhouse lead for a while on eight under par.

US Open champion Koepka looked set to carve out a big advantage in his bid for a third major in two years, but came unstuck with successive bogeys on the back nine before recovering with a birdie on the 17th to close with a 66 of his own and 12-under 198.

Woodland is a three-time victor on the PGA Tour but has never won a major championship.

Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots behind.

Spaniard Jon Rahm, halfway leader Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler, hunting his long-awaited first major, are a further stroke behind.

Tony Finau got out of the gates with a 4-over 74 in the first round of the PGA Championship.

Playing alongside Woods, Rory McIlroy also birdied the eighth after getting up and down from a greenside bunker, his first birdie since the fourth hole of his first round on Thursday.

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.

"I felt I was headed in the right direction", said Woods, who was at 3 under.

But an even-par back nine leaves Woods having to chase down a four-shot deficit if he is to earn his 15th major title. Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel had the best rounds of the field, firing 7-under-par 63s to tie the tournament record for the lowest score in a round. I said to my caddie a couple of holes before it was the most fun I'd ever had and then that happened. "It's soft, it's gettable, and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars".

"That self-belief has to come out and I feel like the last six to eight weeks has been a real positive for me".

He won't get to No. 1 in the world with a victory on Sunday, but he'll certainly make a statement that will be impossible for anyone to ignore.

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