The day was over-except no, not quite. Only good ol' Midwestern hospitality could save this PGA Championship from itself, along with appreciative, single-day crowds that seemed big enough to fill Busch Stadium for a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
On Sunday, finally, they'll collide.
The 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club from outside St. Louis continues on Sunday, August 12, with the final round.
While Tiger Woods made noise with five birdies on the front nine to move rapidly up the tournament leader board, one of his biggest fans drew plenty of his own attention in the gallery.
For any other golfer, it would have been respectable, impressive, good for an aside. Be Bellerive's guest, walk unimpeded beside them, serve your cheer up to willing ears.
"It was awesome", said Stewart Cink, who also shot 66.More news: Djokovic to third round, del Potro withdraws from Rogers Cup
"I don't even really know if we have all really had time to reflect on it and let it sink in". This golf course is very gettable.
Again using his iron, the tee shot lands just short of the water hazard and it's no issue for Tiger.
The Offaly man was out on course early this morning and clearly in the zone.. A little boy in a neon shirt perched on a tree branch above them. Instead, he may have overcorrected.
Woods had six putts of 20 feet or shorter for birdie on the back nine and made none. "And I blew it by 4 feet and then pulled the next one". He was at 3-over par for the second round through nine holes and 4 over for the tournament, putting him in a tie for 111th.
"[The wet conditions take] the creativity of the greens away, for sure", he said.
In nearly 40 years as a sportswriter, I can't recall any organization doing as through a job supplying information as the PGA does for the fourth major. So there's no feeding putts. "I played 29 holes, made - I think I dropped three shots today and two of those were 3-putts. We don't have any, the greens are too slow and too soft for that".More news: Idris Elba's James Bond-like tweet fuels 007 rumours
Heading into the final round, Tiger Woods sits in a tie for sixth place, four strokes back. It'll mark the first time he's been in contention at a major tournament on US soil since the 2015 Masters-and he's in better position at Bellerive than he was then at Augusta.
Heavy rains and thunder forced rounds to be halted on Friday and the likes of Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lowry were out on Saturday morning to catch up with the rest. The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball.
He never imagined what it would take for him just to get to the weekend. It will take a close-to-perfect round. Superficially, the rock-chinned, burly-chested Koepka looks like an exercise in pure bashing power golf, of muscle meeting technology. He'll have to hope for Koepka to stumble, which he doesn't often do, not once he's wrangled the leaderboard as well as he has at Bellerive.
How much of a chance does Woods have to win for the first time in five years and capture his 15th major title?
Woods is by no means the favorite. Kern was just one of three players who made it through his round without a bogey, joining Daniel Berger (66) and Jon Rahm (66).
"It started with the first putt, just ran it by", Woods said after his round.More news: Kimmel’s question on Trump leaves Kanye West stumped