Heat on as PGA Championship set for cold-blooded shootout

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) – A glittering leaderboard topped by Brooks Koepka chased by a pack of major winners led by Tiger Woods were poised to turn up the heat on a sweltering Sunday with the final round of the PGA Championship shaping up as cold-blooded shootout.

The temperatures have been high and the scoring low all week at Bellerive Country Club as golfers mercilessly attack the defenseless parkland layout made marshmallow-soft by rain and humidity.

Koepka, twice U.S. Open champion, took a two-shot lead into the final round but muggy weather will not be the only thing making the muscular American feel uncomfortable with some of world’s best right on his tail.

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Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, sits two back with big-hitting Spaniard Jon Rahm, second-round leader Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler, widely regarded at the best player yet to claim a major, one stroke further adrift.

But the golfer everyone will be watching lurks four off the pace with Woods back in contention and chasing his first major win in a decade.

“Everyone is going to have to shoot low rounds,” Woods said. “It’s soft; it’s gettable and you can’t just go out there and make a bunch of pars. You’re going to have to

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