Brooks Koepka will look to close out his third major championship in two years after opening up a two-shot lead at the 2018 PGA Championship. Koepka was able to emerge from a star-packed leaderboard thanks to a third-round 66. Koepka’s driver and putter have been exceptional, leading the field in strokes gained: off the tee and ranking 8th in strokes gained: putting. Full scores
Two shots back of Brooks Koepka is Adam Scott, who is putting together his best performance since 2016. The 38-year-old has brought back the long-putter this week and ranks 24th in strokes gained putting to go along with his usual strong tee-to-green game. Scott will be the player to root for Sunday after his good friend Jarrod Lyle passed away earlier this week.
Three back of Koepka rests 36-hole leader Gary Woodland, Slick Rick Fowler and Jon Rahm. Woodland’s third-round 71 was disappointing, but he kept himself in it after a triple bogey to start his back 9. Fowler finds himself in the thick of things at another major and will need a special Sunday to take home his first major hardware. Flying under the radar is Jon Rahm, who has played his last 36 holes bogey-free despite a lukewarm putter (44th SG: Putting). If the putter heats up, the Spaniard could make a run at the title.
The Cat prowls
Tiger put together a stripeshow on Saturday, capping off his 2nd round and shooting up the leaderboard after a front-nine 31 in round 3. Woods’ fluid tee-to-green game continued on the back nine, but his putter cooled off leading to a disappointing even-par back nine. Woods will head into Sunday with a shot, 4 shots behind Koepka and in need of a Sunday to remember.
Joining Tiger at 8-under is a group of six players highlighted by Jason Day and Justin Thomas and lowlighted by everyone’s least favorite major winner of all time, Stewart Cink. Like Tiger, this group will need an incredible Sunday (thinking 63) in order to have a chance to grab the title.
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The stellar leaderboard
It should be an unbelievable Sunday of golf with five of the world’s top ten players within four shots of the lead and Tiger Woods. Coverage comes on at 11 am on everyone’s favorite golf network, TNT, before switching over to Jim Nantz and friends (CBS) at 2pm.
An unforeseen ejection (maybe lack of hydration?)
World number one Dustin Johnson fumbled away a chance at a second major championship playing his fourteen holes 5-over par on a very gettable day at Bellerive. Johnson birdied three of the last four to sit in a tie for 21st, seven shots back from Koepka.
Who wins tomorrow?
Low scores have been abundant, and given Brooks’ performance with his driver and putter this week, it’s tough to see him shooting worse than 68. With that being said, the chasers better get after it early and post something in the -15/17 range for a shot.
Rory shanked a wedge on the range today, you don’t see that everyday.
Matt Wallace (t16th) aced the 16th and was called Mike Wallace (NFL Football player) in the process.