"Every shot's so important out here, and you need to be able to play well".
"[On Saturday], I was in there with Dustin, and everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka said. And that was only half of the 156-man field. If not for Woodland's triple on 10, they would be co-leaders, which would have really confused those fans who routinely mistake them for each other.
It was such a long day at the PGA Championship that some of them had grown stubble by the end of it. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under. Woods slid his lag putt by the hole, then missed a short comeback putt for par. I got to give it a rap up the hill, it's steep, I know that -- there wasn't a whole lot of grass over there on the right side of the green and I thought that I should have played it faster than what I was thinking.
Woods didn't discount the fact that the long day might have had an impact.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., was a part of the late wave that had its round suspended by the weather.
The second round will resume at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
With few exceptions, the bombers have emerged on a course that's been soused to a spongy and one-dimensional test - see flag, hit flag.
Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed.
Finau's front nine of seven birdies and a bogey plus the triple was the event's first nine-hole run since 1984 without a par.
Woodland, who started working with Molinari's putting coach Phil Kenyon at Carnoustie, had held a one-shot overnight lead and recovered from a bogey on the 14th with a brilliant eagle from five feet on the 17th. Koepka is seeking to become only the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same year, and the list he would join is formidably elite: Gene Sarazen in 1922, Ben Hogan in 1948, Jack Nicklaus in 1980 and Woods in 2000. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62.
"My caddie said something walking off on 18". "I didn't even think of it [the 62]. You're never going to win another golf tournament again". Then disaster struck on the par-4 12th.
No one from the afternoon draw completed more than 12 holes. Of the 81 who made the cut they play both weekend rounds as there is no MDF in the major championships.
On Friday when Bellerive was virtually defenceless - after thunderstorms halted the second round - those carrying the stars and stripes marched to positions of prominence. "I was just trying to make the thing".
Golfers aren't really swayed much anyway by what happens outside the ropes. Of course, his play had everyone talking, but so did his support team. "But being receptive, that's my only hope".
Gary Woodland, the Koepka of the PGA Tour before Koepka - physically, at least - is 9 under, and like Fowler and Rahm, is looking for his first major triumph.
Jordan Spieth found that out on a hole that effectively ended his second bid for the career Grand Slam.
Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak.
"The roar after Tiger hit the ball seemed to revive him and he looks fine now". Maybe the way it gets done now is for Woods to go out and shoot 63 and have the others unable to touch him. You don't have to be as precise.
"So personally I would prefer more hard and firmer, faster conditions on the greens".
Defending champion Justin Thomas was at 2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars in his seven holes.