Tiger Woods is filled with enthusiasm at the Bellerive Country Club as he begins to descend

Tiger Woods will regress the years at the Bellerive Country Club on Friday afternoon

Bellerive Country Club resembled a hive on Friday afternoon with Tiger Woods in its pomp and generating a feverish atmosphere in the second round of the 100th USPGA Championship.

This is the first time that Woods plays competitively in Gateway City and, in scenes reminiscent of the first wave of Tiger Mania in 1997, the spectators stayed for three hours under the brutal heat just to be next to the ropes when passing.

The man also stepped back in time, with three birdies in his first seven holes to continue his impressive comeback from the depths of three more than two on Thursday.

Tiger Woods will regress the years at the Bellerive Country Club on Friday afternoon

Tiger Woods will regress the years at the Bellerive Country Club on Friday afternoon

From 47th place overnight, he had progressed to a tie in 23rd place with three less for the tournament. He was giving his playmates Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas a taste of the old dazzle. The next was a par five and the easiest hole in the field.

Then came the most inopportune of the warning ululations that signal a suspension of the weather due to lightning in the area. Twenty minutes later, the rain fell in torrents, and the game was over during the day.

It means a long day of 28 holes for the 42-year-old on Saturday, the first time he will play more than 18 holes in a day in this last comeback. If the magic is still there, we will have to wait and see. For McIlroy, on the other hand, the suspension could not arrive soon after seven consecutive pairs.

Woods began to run short on Friday before the rain began to fall heavily on the golf course

Woods began to run short on Friday before the rain began to fall heavily on the golf course

Woods began to run short on Friday before the rain began to fall heavily on the golf course

That's 16 in a row in total, which would be great in a US Open. UU Typical, but it does not work here in this paradise for the big hitters. It will start on Saturday at no less than ten shots of the pace, but at least the course will be smooth and the greens smooth.

If you want to know why the streets will be narrow in the Ryder Cup next month and the juicy rough, this course provides all the evidence.

Give the heavy artillery of the United States generous fairways and attractive pit positions, and they are in their element. World number one Dustin Johnson, US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Gary Woodland – perhaps the greatest hitter of all – flexed their muscles before the weather was delayed in this typical example of field golf , and they wrote down the objective.

Fair play for the brave Kevin Kisner from South Carolina, therefore, he managed to keep pace with this trio of monstrous slugs despite being a little modest in driving distance this season.

Woods was in a group with Justin Thomas (center) and Rory McIlroy for the second round

Woods was in a group with Justin Thomas (center) and Rory McIlroy for the second round

Woods was in a group with Justin Thomas (center) and Rory McIlroy for the second round

The brave 34-year-old who finished tied for second at the Open last month outweighed his weight once again with a fine of 64. He finished just one shot behind his playmate, bar stool mate and Woodland leader , who followed his own 64 on the first day with a 66 for a PGA record to half of ten less.

"We have advanced together, we are friends for life and if I could reach it 350 yards from the tee like him, what a different game it would be," Kisner said.

Just below them, with eight below, is the dangerous Koepka, who became the 15th man in the history of the PGA Championship to shoot 63 (shortly after, the South African Charl Schwartzel would become the 16th).

In turn, Koepka is alone ahead of his great friend Johnson. In the US Open, it was Koepka who was placed between the first two and it would not be a surprise if they tried again. Koepka said: "When you think about where I was in April and having to lose to the Masters because of a wrist injury, winning two majors in the same season would be incredible."

The crowd stood for much of the round when Woods changed the style

The crowd stood for much of the round when Woods changed the style

The crowd stood for much of the round when Woods changed the style

Johnson, who has a major stroke and a ton of almost flaws in his CV, lit the afterburners to play the last nine in 31 shots.

The euros? They are not out of the game, with the forgotten man Thomas Pieters of Belgium leading the way with seven under par after following his opening 67 with a 66.

Open champion Frankie Molinari is only five in pace after 67 with Jon Rahm (68) in the same mark. "I feel like I'm in a position similar to Carnoustie because I had to work over the weekend and I managed to do it, so let's hope for something similar," Molinari said.

Justin Rose followed his almost miraculous 67 on Thursday with a 69, where any feeling of disappointment was tempered by perspective. "Every time I hit a bad shot I reminded myself where I was on Tuesday, when I was struggling to walk properly with my back, and less to play," he said.

The 38-year-old moved much more freely on Friday, and will improve as his sharpness returns. Considering that he went from just making the cut midway in the Open to finish in second place, he will not abandon his possibilities either.

Woods has moved freely and seems to have gained much more confidence in his game

Woods has moved freely and seems to have gained much more confidence in his game

Woods has moved freely and seems to have gained much more confidence in his game

As for the rest of the 14 strong English contingents, the Londoner Matt Wallace had an excellent 66 to be tied for 23rd with Jordan Spieth after having benefited from seeing a sports psychologist for the first time. The 28-year-old Londoner has won twice this season, but he also missed his last four cuts halfway.

Speaking of which, it looked like it was going to be an unusual weekend for Tommy Fleetwood until he birdied his last two holes to be on the right side of the mark in one below. Now he needs one of those 63 on Saturday in which he specializes during specialties.

Playing alongside Kisner and Woodland, Sergio Garcia cut a figure understandably dejected. His struggles continued when a 71 left him in a lap, with the cut likely to fall on the level when the second round is completed on Saturday morning.

After missing the cut halfway through the first three races this season, it means he's likely to complete an unwanted set, and leave Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn in a dreadful dilemma over whether or not to award a wild card to the team. puzzled Spanish.

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