While the golfers were putting up low scores, the only thing that could stop them was mother nature.
They're playing catch-up at the US PGA Championship at Bellerive after lightening and rain halted the completion of the second round.
China'a Li Haotong withdrew from the PGA Championship before the second round resumed on Saturday morning due to a wrist injury, the PGA of America announced.
US Open champion Brooks Koepka fired a blistering 63, equalling the PGA Championship record for lowest round, to leapfrog into outright third at eight under.
Schwartzel and Koepka settled for 63s, matching the tournament record with the first same-day 63s in the event's 100-year history, while Kisner shot 64.
Thomas, seeking to join Woods as the only other back-to-back PGA champion, picked up four shots as the 25-year-old mixed five birdies with a solitary birdie over the 11 holes he had to complete to move within four shots of the lead. Kevin Kisner shot a six under par 64 to sit at 9 under par, one shot out of the lead.
Playing alongside Woods, Rory McIlroy also birdied the eighth after getting up and down from a greenside bunker, his first birdie since the fourth hole of his first round on Thursday.
The 14-time major victor was three under for his round to that point and carried on where he left off on Saturday morning, pitching to five feet and holing the putt to improve to four under par.
After a steady par at the first, Woods found the fairway at the second and hit a solid approach shot to 13 feet.
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Resuming on the second hole, his 11th of round two, the flawless golf continued from the former Irish Open victor who started with a par and followed it up with his fourth birdie of the round on the par-three third (his 12th).
Whether the magic is still there, we shall have to wait and see.
"I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is, " he said.
Finau was among five players who accompanied Furyk to France this summer for a scouting trip at Le Golf Nacional, the host course of the September 28-30 Ryder Cup matches.
"I'm very happy with where I'm at", he said.
"I'd like it to be kind to me this weekend".
Said Kisner: "Got to listen to all of the KU/Missouri banter all day with Gary, I didn't know that was such a rivalry".
"I'm in a lot better position than I was when I came out here this morning, which is great", Thomas said. "I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are".