Koepka takes 2-shot lead over Scott into Sunday

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12 Aug 2018, 05:15 IST
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Newest on the PGA Championship, golf’s ultimate main of the yr (all occasions native):

6:43 p.m.

Brooks Koepka will take a two-shot lead over Adam Scott into the ultimate spherical of the PGA Championship after capturing a 4-under 66 that left him at 12 underneath for the event.

Koepka is attempting to turn out to be the primary participant since Tiger Woods to seize the U.S. Open and PGA in the identical yr. Woods did it in 2000 to hitch Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as solely the fourth participant to perform that double.

Scott had the day’s finest spherical with a 65.

Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland are at 9 underneath, and Tiger Woods is one other shot again, in a six-way tie for sixth.

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5:35 p.m.

Brooks Koepka has dropped a shot heading down the stretch after his wayward drive on the par-4 14th got here to relaxation towards the bottom of a tree, forcing him to take an unplayable lie penalty.

Koepka hit his subsequent shot into the tough left of the inexperienced, however he managed to make a pleasant up-and-down to restrict the injury. The bogey left him 11 underneath, two forward of Adam Scott and Gary Woodland.

In the meantime, Tiger Woods wrapped up a 4-under 66 to succeed in Eight underneath for the championship. He cooled off on the again 9, making par at each gap after a scorching begin to the spherical.

“I hit it good on the again 9 as we speak,” Woods mentioned, “I simply did not make something.”

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5:15 p.m.

Maybe the stress and lengthy day on the PGA Championship is starting to put on on the leaders.

Brooks Koepka made his first bogey of the day on the 14th, shortly after Tiger Woods three-putted for the second time in his spherical. Kevin Kisner had back-to-back bogeys early on his second 9 and Zach Johnson bogeyed the simple par-5 17th to fall to 1 over on the day.

Stewart Cink is among the many guys nonetheless taking down Bellerive. He has just one bogey on his scorecard and was a part of a six-play logjam at Eight underneath. Koepka leads at 12 underneath.

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4:30 p.m.

Gary Woodland made a multitude of the par-4 10th at Bellerive, the second-round chief making triple bogey to drop to three over for the day and 6 photographs behind chief Brooks Koepka.

Woodland’s hassle started when he discovered the bunker guarding the proper facet of the inexperienced. He clipped his shot from the sand and it rolled into the bunker on the alternative facet of the inexperienced.

In the meantime, Kevin Kisner hit from the identical bunker — however no one raked it.

Woodland blasted his subsequent bunker shot over the inexperienced and into the unique bunker, the place the ball got here to relaxation in a foot print. The massive hitter needed to conservatively get again onto the inexperienced from there, then putted his strategy to triple bogey.

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4:15 p.m.

Matt Wallace aced the par-3 16th gap with a 5 iron on Saturday to spur a Tiger-like roar from the gallery eagerly awaiting Woods to reach within the following group.

It was the 26th hole-in-one within the PGA Championship since such data had been stored in 1983.

Wallace, a 28-year-old Englishman with three European Tour victories on his resume, rewarded all these followers by chucking the ball into the group. What are the chances he regrets that some day?

The ace acquired Wallace to 2 underneath for the spherical and 5 underneath for the championship.

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Four p.m.

Brooks Koepka wrapped up a bogey-free entrance 9 Saturday that included 5 pars, getting the U.S. Open champion to 13 underneath on the PGA Championship.

Koepka has been scorching going again to Friday, when he began a second-round 63 that matched the bottom spherical in PGA Championship historical past. He is using a stretch of 15 birdies in 44 holes.

Koepka additionally struggled early on the U.S. Open, the place he opened with a 5-over 75 and was 7 over early in his second spherical. However Koepka went on a tear the remainder of that spherical, then shot 72-68 over the weekend at Shinnecock Hills to defend the title he gained final yr at Erin Hills.

Proper now, Koepka is solely overpowering lengthy however delicate Bellerive Nation Membership.

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3:35 p.m.

Nearly all of the work Jordan Spieth spent getting again into competition on the PGA went to waste within the span of 1 gap.

After taking part in the primary 11 holes in Four underneath to get inside 4 of the lead, he made triple-bogey on the par-4 12th to drop from a tie for 10th to a tie for 26th.

Spieth hit his tee shot deep into the woods, and from a trampled lie, tried to raise over a tree and onto the inexperienced. The ball slammed into the tree and ricocheted to the proper, over a fence and out of bounds.

He took a drop, punched out into the tough, and wanted three photographs to get down.

He’s now seven photographs behind chief Brooks Koepka.

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3:10 p.m.

If this was subsequent month’s Ryder Cup, every part could be going the way in which of Group USA.

Brooks Koepka leads the cost of Individuals atop the leaderboard on the PGA Championship. Gary Woodland is one shot again, adopted by Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner, Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas.

The run of Individuals ends with Adam Scott, Shane Lowry and Charl Schwarztzl, who’re at Eight underneath and three photographs off the lead. One other group of Individuals that features Jordan Spieth, Julian Suri and Pat Perez is at 7 underneath, whereas Stewart Cink is one other shot again.

The final participant born outdoors the U.S. to win the PGA was Jason Day in 2015.

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2:45 p.m.

Tiger Woods had 5 birdies and a bogey on his opening 9 of the third spherical, shifting inside two photographs of Brooks Koepka and Gary Woodland within the PGA Championship.

Woods is in a gaggle at Eight underneath that features reigning champion Justin Thomas, first-round chief Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott. Jordan Spieth is one other shot again at 7 underneath as he tries to win the PGA and full the profession grand slam.

Daniel Berger continues his turnaround. He was 6 over after his first 9 Thursday, however he is roared to five underneath for the championship. He has three birdies with out a bogey in his third spherical.

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2:20 p.m.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka has pulled right into a tie for the lead on the PGA Championship.

Koepka is attempting to turn out to be the fourth participant to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the identical yr, becoming a member of Tiger Woods (2000), Jack Nicklaus (1980), Ben Hogan (1948) and Gene Sarazen (1922).

Talking of Woods, he is adopted a bogey on the fourth with back-to-back birdies to get to three underneath on his spherical. He is three off the tempo set by Koepka and second-round chief Gary Woodland.

Chris Kirk can be making a transfer. He is Four underneath via 11 and 6 underneath for the championship.

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2:10 p.m.

Kansas native Gary Woodland is not the one man with a “hometown” crowd behind him at Bellerive.

Brice Garnett made the reduce proper on the quantity in his PGA Championship debut, a lot to the delight of his family and friends from Chillicothe, Missouri. Garnett starred at Missouri Western, a Division II faculty and the coaching camp dwelling of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

He nonetheless calls Gallatin within the western a part of the state his dwelling.

Garnett went wire-to-wire to win the Puntacana Resort and Membership Championship in March, his first PGA Tour victory and one which acquired him into this week’s championship at Bellerive.

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1:20 p.m.

Emiliano Grillo has back-to-back birdies on the PGA Championship to hitch the logjam at 6 underneath that features Tiger Woods, who got here inside a whisker of holing his pitch shot for birdie at No. 4.

If Bellerive is providing any protection, it is the thick fescue and bluegrass tough that grew to become saturated by Friday’s rain. And that is the place Woods drove his tee shot on the fourth earlier than hacking his strategy shot shy of the bunkers guarding the proper entrance of the inexperienced.

With one other excellent lie within the zoysia fairway, Woods’s pitch shot danced to the proper and almost rolled into the cup earlier than settling a few foot away for a tap-in par.

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12:45 p.m.

Tiger Woods has birdied the primary two holes of his third spherical on the PGA Championship, and now will attempt to string just a few extra collectively to chase down second-round chief Gary Woodland.

Woods is now 6 underneath, 4 photographs off the lead.

He acquired off to a bogey-double bogey begin on Thursday at Bellerive, and it appeared as if Woods’s comeback tour had hit a wall. However he fought again to shoot even-par 70, then labored across the rain that suspended play Friday to shoot a second-round 66.

Woods is attempting to hitch Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus as five-time PGA winners.

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11:55 a.m.

Justin Rose is among the many gamers on the PGA Championship who completed their rounds Friday and knew they’d make the reduce, permitting them to sleep in a bit on Saturday.

Relaxation he did, too. Rose mentioned he did not watch any of the early protection on tv.

The Englishman shall be Four underneath when he begins his spherical off the primary tee at 12:32 p.m. He is in a gaggle with Zach Johnson and Emiliano Grillo that’s six photographs off the lead.

Rose had some again spasms final week at Firestone, however he says “from Wednesday afternoon I have been feeling completely high-quality.”

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11:20 a.m.

The third spherical is underway on the PGA Championship, and amongst these headed out at Bellerive is Daniel Berger — an unbelievable turnaround given the place he was after his opening 9 holes.

Berger was 6 over earlier than taking part in his final 27 holes in 8-under par.

“I simply stopped attempting at one level. It is humorous how issues work out,” mentioned Berger, who was tied for the lead coming into the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open earlier than ending in a tie for sixth.

“The final 27 holes I simply sort of freewheeled it,” he mentioned, “in order that was sort of good.”

Particularly contemplating Berger has been coping with a wrist harm.

“It sucks,” he mentioned, “as a result of I’ve by no means been damage earlier than, and it is simply sort of been lingering and there is not likely a degree within the season I can take a break. Simply been attempting to play via it.”

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10:50 a.m.

The second spherical has wrapped up on the PGA Championship, the place Gary Woodland leads at 10 underneath and it took even-par 140 simply to make the record-low 36-hole reduce.

The earlier low for the PGA was 1-over 141 at Atlanta Athletic Membership in 2001.

Some large names missed taking part in the remainder of the weekend, too. Matt Kuchar, Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau had been in a big group at 1 over. Masters champion Patrick Reed was Three over and Phil Mickelson was within the group at Four over.

Eighty gamers made the reduce, together with some relative surprises. Ben Kern was the lone membership professional to make the reduce, whereas 55-year-old Vijay Singh and Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk made it via.

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10:25 a.m.

Julian Suri has surged into competition on the PGA Championship with an eagle on the par-5 17th taking him to five underneath, a formidable exhibiting for the previous Duke standout.

Suri’s father, Jagan, is the nice grandson of Buchi Babu Naidu, one of many early pioneers of cricket in India. Jagan Suri moved to the U.S. in his teenagers and frolicked as an expert tennis participant, and now works in enterprise growth of golf programs.

Julian Suri performed tennis and golf when he was younger, however he clearly confirmed a desire for the latter. He gained final yr on the European Tour and has been second time this yr.

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9:50 a.m.

Phil Mickelson will fail to mechanically qualify for the Ryder Cup for the primary time since 1993 after a 1-over 71 left him Four over for the PGA Championship and nicely outdoors the reduce line.

He nonetheless might be amongst Jim Furyk’s 4 captain’s selections.

Mickelson is 18-20-7 within the Ryder Cup, however he performed nicely two years in the past at Hazeltine Nationwide, when the Individuals routed the Europeans 17-11 to win again the cup.

Bryson DeChambeau was simply outdoors the highest eight that mechanically qualify for the group. He missed a brief putt at his ultimate gap Saturday to maintain from taking part in the weekend.

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9:35 a.m.

The strategy that guys will take between the second and third rounds on the PGA Championship will range broadly relying on once they end Saturday morning and once they tee off once more.

Some can have lower than an hour between their rounds.

Then there’s Rickie Fowler, who concluded his 3-under 67 to get to eight underneath for the event and inside two photographs of the lead. Fowler mentioned he plans to return to the home he is renting down the highway from Bellerive, the place he can change out of some moist garments and catch some relaxation.

“Put some recent clothes on after which yeah, get right here like we usually would,” mentioned Fowler, the first-round chief. “Nevertheless it’s nonetheless going to be an extended day.”

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9:15 a.m.

Sungjae Im most likely ought to cease aiming for the greens on the PGA Championship.

The 20-year-old South Korean was proper on the reduce line Saturday in his second spherical when he chipped in for birdie on consecutive holes. That acquired Im to 2 underneath for the championship, which might be adequate not solely to play the weekend however get inside eight photographs of the lead.

Im grew to become the second-youngest participant to win a Internet.com Tour occasion when he triumphed in his debut within the Bahamas earlier this yr. He additionally has a few second-place finishes on the tour.

The youngest champion in Internet.com Tour historical past? Jason Day.

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8:45 a.m.

Tony Finau has matched the PGA Championship report for birdies in a spherical with 10.

If solely he did not even have three bogeys and a triple on his card.

Finau wound up with a 4-under 66 on Saturday to get again to even for the championship. His birdie show got here whereas taking part in with Jim Furyk, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain who may must resolve whether or not to incorporate Finau on his roster subsequent month in France.

The birdie report for the PGA was set by Gary Participant. Anthony Kim has the report for birdies in a significant championship with 11 in the course of the 2011 Masters.

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Eight a.m.

Tiger Woods bounced again from his first bogey of the second spherical with a birdie on the quick par-4 11th, getting him again to Four underneath within the PGA Championship.

In the meantime, the topsy-turvy spherical of Tony Finau presses on.

Finau started his second spherical Friday with 5 straight birdies, made a triple bogey, then had two extra birdies. He added a bogey to complete off his entrance 9, and one other birdie on the again 9 has the U.S. Ryder Cup hopeful at even-par for the championship.

He is performed 12 holes and has made only one par on the spherical.

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7:15 a.m.

Haotong Li didn’t resume his second spherical on the PGA Championship, withdrawing with a wrist harm after his spherical was suspended by rain. He had accomplished the 11th maintain.

Li opened with a 1-over 71 and was Three over for the championship.

The course is taking part in delicate with no wind and pristine greens, and that would imply report low scores this weekend. Tiger Woods already has one other birdie on the eighth to succeed in Four underneath, and first-round chief Rickie Fowler has his first birdie of the day to get to eight underneath.

He is two photographs again of Gary Woodland, who already accomplished his second spherical.

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7 a.m.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the remainder of the gamers that had been nonetheless on the course when play was suspended on the PGA Championship have resumed their second rounds at soggy Bellerive.

All of them are chasing Gary Woodland, whose 66 earlier than the rain rolled via Friday left him 10 underneath for the championship. Kevin Kisner additionally performed early and was a shot again.

They acquired to sleep in Saturday whereas 78 gamers but to complete their second rounds needed to be in place by 7 a.m. There shall be a 30-minute break as soon as they end, then the third spherical will begin with teams of three heading off the primary and 10th tees.

That may imply an extended day for guys like Woods, who may play greater than 28 holes Saturday. He was Three underneath and within the fairway on the eighth when the sirens stopped play.

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