PGA Championship 2018: Brooks Koepka leads giant pack of contenders | Golf


Brooks Koepka grabbed a two-shot lead on the PGA Championship on Saturday with a 4-under 66 to get to 12 below.

Koepka continued to assault Bellerive Nation Membership early in his third spherical, firing a 5-under 30 on the entrance 9. Koepka led by 5 pictures at one level, however back-to-back bogeys on the again 9 harm his momentum.

On the lookout for his third profession main title, Koepka missed over 4 months early this season with a wrist harm. However he now has the prospect to win his second main of the season, having beforehand defended his title on the U.S. Open in June.

Adam Scott, enjoying with a heavy coronary heart following the demise of his fellow Australian countryman Jarrod Lyle, shot a second straight 5-under 65 to get to second at 10 below. Scott had six birdies and one bogey on his scorecard.

Scott, who received the 2013 Masters for his solely main title, has just one top-10 end this season, however he is among the finest ball-strikers on Tour.

Jon Rahm made a late climb up the leaderboard with a bogey-free, 4-under 66 to get to 9 below on the event. Rahm birdied two of his final three holes to get into place to win his first main.

“It was a really, very, very strong spherical,” Rahm mentioned. “If there was one factor in my sport that wasn’t feeling fairly nearly as good as normal was my driving, however I nonetheless managed to maintain it in play. There have been a few wild misses, however I used to be sensible sufficient at this time to know the place I may miss and the place I may enable myself to overlook.

“Moreover that, my iron play is simply actually strong. I am actually snug with my irons proper now, and I believe that was the important thing to having lots of birdie possibilities and hitting greens and never making too many errors.”

Rickie Fowler, who performed the third spherical with an indirect harm, and Gary Woodland joined Rahm at 9 below. Woodland was at 11 below at one level in Spherical 3, however a bogey on 9 and a triple-bogey on 10 set him again.

Fowler had three birdies and one bogey whereas enjoying by means of noticeable ache to card a 1-under 69.

Tiger Woods shot a second straight 4-under 66 to steer a bunch at eight below. Woods birdied 5 of his first eight holes, however once more stalled on the again 9. 

“The general day, I really feel like I performed effectively at this time,” woods mentioned after his spherical. “I performed 29 holes, made — I believe I dropped three pictures at this time and two of these have been 3-putts. I believed I performed actually clear playing cards, actually clear rounds. And I simply want I may have gotten myself a pair extra pictures nearer to the lead, particularly with 17 the best way it is enjoying, they’re transferring the tee approach up like that. 18’s enjoying fairly brief as effectively. So I am certain that I will be extra than simply 4 again by the top of the day, however there aren’t lots of guys up there in entrance of me.”

Charl Schwartzel, defending champion Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Shane Lowry and Stewart Cink all joined Woods at eight below.

The shot of the day got here from Englishman Matt Wallace, who recorded a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th. He completed the day at 5 below.

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