Tiger braced for gruelling day at Bellerive, McIlroy laments missed chances

Former world number one Tiger Woods is gearing up for a long day at Bellerive Country Club after Friday's round was suspended.

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Tiger Woods is ready for a long day at the US PGA Championship after the second round was halted by inclement weather, though the American believes he is heading in the right direction.

Former world number one and 14-time major champion Woods was on a roll before Friday's play was suspended due to storms as Gary Woodland continued to lead in St Louis.

Woods – through seven – opened with three birdies in his first five holes to be three-under alongside the likes of Jordan Spieth at Bellerive Country Club.

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Reflecting on his weather-affected round, Woods said: "It was fine. I'm three-under par, so I felt I was headed in the right direction. Tomorrow [Saturday] is going to be a long day for a lot of us and try and get back at it early tomorrow morning."

Woods added: "The good thing is we're going to have the greens prepared before we go back out there and to finish up our second round."

"It would have been quite a bit different if we had to go back out this afternoon and finish it up. But, the greens will be freshly cut, so it will be just like it was when we played on Thursday."

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Rory McIlroy, also, endured a weather-affected round, with the Northern Irishman languishing dangerously close to the cut line.

McIlroy was through seven holes to be even par ahead of the resumption of the second round at 08:00am on Saturday.

"I guess the story of the last couple of days, I just haven't taken advantage of the opportunities. I kind of felt like I had a couple really good looks on the front nine today and didn't take them," said the four-time major winner.

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"But, I'm in the middle of the eighth fairway and I've got a chance to hopefully make birdie there in the morning, and hopefully, that will kick start me and I can get off and running from there. But, I think it's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning."

"I was getting a little frustrated out there, but conversely if you're someone that's really got some momentum going, and you have to stop like that, then it can be a little more difficult. But, the break tonight and going into tomorrow will hopefully be a good thing for me, I can make the most of it in the morning," he continued.

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