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.
When their respective second rounds of the PGA Championship were complete, it was Woodland crossing the finish line just before Kisner, taking the tournament lead at 10-under par to Kisner's 9-under.
After an errant tee shot on Bellerive's hard par-4 10th (Johnson's first hole of the day) bounced off a spectator and into an unplayable lie on tree roots, Johnson took a penalty for an unplayable lie. Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel both tied the PGA record with a round of 63.
While overnight rain softened the course even more, it also made it play long, leading to several lengthy approaches.
"I just love how calm he is out there, " Kisner said. "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags".
Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots behind.
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Kisner birdied the seventh to move clear at 10 under but Woodland picked up a shot on the next to join him before Kisner bogeyed the ninth. You get away with more. Personally, I would prefer more hard and firmer, faster conditions on the greens. "I was throwing darts at it", Kisner said.
Defending champion Justin Thomas stayed in the game, and so did Tiger Woods. He was only 2 under.
"I came right back out and made birdie from 69 yards so it was a nice way to start the morning, but missed two putts at 10 and 12 that I've been been making and that stemmed the momentum a little bit", Woods said.
Midway through the afternoon round, the cut was projected to be even par.
ST. LOUIS - Tiger Woods returned from a second-round weather suspension to birdie three of his remaining 11 holes Saturday morning at Bellerive Country Club, finishing with a 4-under-par 66 that put him in a tie for 19th at the PGA Championship. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe.
Said Woodland: "I have a lot of friends out here, a lot of college teammates, a lot of people from college". "I'm not too anxious with what anyone else is doing out there".