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The potential theater for Sunday is more mouthwatering than some St. Louis-style barbecue from Salt + Smoke.

As of now, just going off the broadcast, it feels more like a mid-level PGA Tour event than the 100th edition of one of golf's most important, tradition and history-rich championships. And now we're going out on a Saturday afternoon in the mix at the PGA, it's great.

Woods, a 14-time major champion in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery, birdied five of the first eight holes and shared sixth on eight-under par through 14 holes at Bellerive Country Club.

More than the Masters.

Sunday's play will decide the victor of the fourth and final major of the golfing season with the PGA Championship itself moving to a May date for the 2019 season.

If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem".

What might not have been widely predicted, however, was Brooks Koepka's dominance. And yet it felt like a bit of a defeat.

Woods is bracketed on eight-under with defending champion Justin Thomas, Australian former world number one Jason Day, Ireland's Shane Lowery and South African Charl Schwartzel. "I'm extremely confident. I like the way I'm hitting the ball". After earning his keep the hard way on the minor league circuits overseas, he swaggers about with a chip on his shoulder the size of a beer keg.

Koepka seemed an unlikely candidate to falter, but falter he did.

Finau had to come back Saturday morning after Friday's weather suspension and play his final seven holes.

"I can really tune in in the majors and I have no idea why", he said. 17 was just, I left every putt short.

Playing partner Kisner had made an even more impressive start to the day with five birdies in the first seven holes as the players took advantage of a course shortened by 123 yards.

"I know I can shoot around a 7- or 8-under around here", he said. "It was like, 'All right'".

Put another way, he's poised to prove that he's arguably the best major championship player at the moment.

Woods didn't discount the fact that the long day might have had an impact. "It's soft, it's gettable, and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars". You're always trying to prove somebody wrong. "I get it all the time, so I'm used to it by now". It's great to have your brother on the bag, your dad out there watching and you're going and competing in the final round of a major. "I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are". He's the only player with three major top-10 efforts this year, with a best of fifth at the US Open. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA. That's just the nature of the way it's playing right now.

"Overall for the day looking back, I'm extremely excited about where my game is at, just very frustrated that I've worked my way into a chance to win this tournament just to kind of throw it away on a bad decision", Spieth said. Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be. "And it should be: It's a major championship".

TV: 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. ET on TNT and 2 p.m.to 7 p.m. on CBS. "On the second hole, when I hit it in the water, that was a big boost to knock it in there tight and only make bogey".