Monday, 15 October, 2018

Koepka leads, Tiger lurks as PGA final-round drama begins

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Felix Bryan | 13 August, 2018, 03:47

All four of those four shots under par were all gained on the first eight holes of Woods' second round (finished Saturday morning), as well.

Tiger Woods makes stunning charge but Brooks Koepka holds on for third major win.

But the expected challenge from Jordan Spieth petered out after a triple bogey on the 12th to finish on four-under overall, while current world number one Dustin Johnson also went backwards after a two-over 72 to fall seven shots off the pace.

With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive with Adam Scott tied for the lead and Woods one shot behind.

How effectively the chase pack can reel in leader Brooks Koepka (66, 12 under) in the final round of the 100th PGA Championship may depend on what's left in the tank. "I bogeyed the last, but sometimes when you have bad shots, you're going to make bogey".

Australian Scott produced a ball-striking round of impeccable quality, a 65 the best score of the afternoon, marred only by a couple of missed putts, including a seven-footer at the last.

It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere.

"I'm a little bit exhausted. Because of that, you got to make birdies". Crowds eager for an up close and personal look got their fill Saturday.

To say Brady Brown of Robinson, Illinois came prepared with his attire for this PGA Championship would be an understatement.

"It could have been a little bit closer but I've got a shot going into tomorrow", he said.

No one caught Woodland, meaning his 36-hole score of 130 stood as the PGA Championship record.

Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies. "And when a guy's doing that and hitting it straight, and as good a putter as he is, it's tough to beat".

When people mocked Erin Hills as an unworthy U.S. Open test, Koepka answered them two months ago by acing what the USGA conceded was an unfair test at Shinnecock Hills, and he became the sport's first back-to-back national champ since Curtis Strange three decades earlier.

Ranks 47th in FedEx Cup standings and the two-time FedEx Cup champion has not qualified for the playoffs since 2013.

Ten players were within four shots of the lead, which includes defending champion Justin Thomas (68), Jason Day (67) and Stewart Cink, the 2009 British Open champion who played with Woods and matched his 66.

After overshooting the green at the par-3 sixth, Woods couldn't get up and down from the back bunker and made bogey. Woods was three back and basically out of it.

"I can think of plenty of people along the way telling me I'll be nothing", he had said the other day, "working at McDonald's, doing things like that".

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