Majors

US PGA Championship 2018

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

Round 3

Koepka tops star-studded leaderboard in St. Louis

August 11, 2018

Brooks Koepka will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the US PGA Championship but he will have a high-class pack trying to chase him down as he goes in search of a second Major of the season.

Koepka tops star-studded leaderboard in St. Louis , © Getty Images

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The two-time defending US Open champion looked like he was going to run away with things at Bellerive Country Club when he opened up a five-shot lead on the back nine but bogeys on the 14th and 15th left the door open to the rest of the field.

“I felt like last week I played probably the best golf I played in a really long time, better than both U.S. Opens, just didn't putt very well. And then coming into this week, you build on that confidence, and I feel like I'm extremely confident. I like the way I'm hitting the ball, I'm putting much better, and my short game's on point this week. When all those add up, I could see why I played so well."

“I'm just focused on me. I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to, I should win the golf tournament. Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be, it's a Major championship. You should see the best players in the world come to the top. And that's what you have, and that's what's going to make this event very exciting to watch tomorrow."

“Everybody out here is so good, and you look at this leaderboard and it's just, they are names that I've grown up watching that everybody else loves to watch play, and it should be an exciting day tomorrow.”

Koepka's 66 moved him to 12 under, with 2013 Masters Tournament champion Adam Scott his closest challenger after a 65. Spaniard Jon Rahm carded a 66 to get to nine under and sit in a tie for third - his best position heading into the final round of a Major - alongside Americans Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland.

“If you can drive it in the fairway here, use the driver a couple more times than you normally would and get it in the fairway, then it is an advantage, for sure," said Scott. "That's what I did today and I didn't have to putt my absolute best to shoot the score I shot. But the first couple rounds I did putt really well. And I have no doubt I'm going to need to make some putts tomorrow."

“It's going to be the pressures of trying to win a Major and you're not going to hit every shot exactly how you want and some where I'm going to have to scramble and make some putts. And ultimately every time I see guys win tournaments, especially Majors, down the stretch they're making the putts and I know that from my experience at the Masters. I made two putts on my last three holes that counted and the other guys didn't.”

14-time Major winner Tiger Woods was four shots off the lead alongside defending champion Justin Thomas, 2015 winner Jason Day, 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink, 2011 Green Jacket winner Charl Schwartzel and Ireland's Shane Lowry.

“I feel like I played well today," said Woods. "I played 29 holes, I think I dropped three shots today and two of those were three putts. I thought I played really clean cards, really clean rounds. I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead, especially with 17 the way it's playing, they're moving the tee way up like that. 18 is playing pretty short as well. I'm sure that I'll be more than just four back by the end of the day, but there aren't a lot of guys up there in front of me.”

Should Koepka claim a third Major title on Sunday afternoon, the 28 year old will become the first man to win the US Open and US PGA Championship titles in the same season since Woods did it en route to the 'Tiger Slam' in 2000.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-12
69
63
66
198
2
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
70
65
65
200
T3
Gary Woodland
USA
-9
64
66
71
201
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-9
68
67
66
201
T3
Rickie Fowler
USA
-9
65
67
69
201
T6
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-8
70
63
69
202
T6
Jason Day
AUS
-8
67
68
67
202
T6
Justin Thomas
USA
-8
69
65
68
202
T6
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
69
64
69
202
T6
Stewart Cink
USA
-8
67
69
66
202
T6
Tiger Woods
USA
-8
70
66
66
202
T12
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-7
68
67
68
203
T12
Julian Suri
USA
-7
69
66
68
203
T12
Kevin Kisner
USA
-7
67
64
72
203
T15
Brandon Stone
RSA
-6
66
68
70
204
T15
Daniel Berger
USA
-6
73
65
66
204
T15
Pat Perez
USA
-6
67
67
70
204
T15
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
67
66
71
204
T15
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
68
68
68
204
T15
Xander Schauffele
USA
-6
70
67
67
204
T21
Dustin Johnson
USA
-5
67
66
72
205
T21
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
72
66
67
205
T21
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
69
67
69
205
T21
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
67
70
68
205
T21
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
67
69
69
205
T21
Matt Wallace
ENG
-5
71
66
68
205
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
68
67
70
205
T28
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
68
69
69
206
T28
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
68
70
68
206
T28
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
71
68
67
206
T28
Chris Kirk
USA
-4
68
70
68
206
T28
Jason Kokrak
USA
-4
68
67
71
206
T28
Jordan Spieth
USA
-4
71
66
69
206
T28
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
68
70
68
206
T28
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-4
74
66
66
206
T36
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
73
65
69
207
T36
Ben Kern
-3
71
69
67
207
T36
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-3
73
67
67
207
T36
Kevin Na
USA
-3
70
69
68
207
T36
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
71
69
67
207
T36
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
70
68
69
207
T36
Ryan Moore
USA
-3
69
70
68
207
T36
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-3
71
67
69
207
T36
Zach Johnson
USA
-3
66
70
71
207
T45
Austin Cook
USA
-2
67
72
69
208
T45
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
72
67
69
208
T45
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
71
68
69
208
T45
Jimmy Walker
USA
-2
69
70
69
208
T45
Keegan Bradley
USA
-2
69
68
71
208
T45
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
73
65
70
208
T45
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
67
71
208
T45
Russell Knox
SCO
-2
71
68
69
208
T45
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-2
71
68
69
208
T45
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-2
74
66
68
208
T45
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
69
70
69
208
T45
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-2
68
69
71
208
T57
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
73
67
69
209
T57
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
68
69
72
209
T57
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
70
70
69
209
T57
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
69
68
72
209
T57
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
71
67
71
209
T57
Tony Finau
USA
-1
74
66
69
209
T63
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
Par
68
69
73
210
T63
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
70
70
210
T63
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
68
71
71
210
T63
Kevin Chappell
USA
Par
69
71
70
210
T63
Nick Watney
USA
Par
75
65
70
210
T63
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
67
71
72
210
T63
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
68
69
73
210
T63
Russell Henley
USA
Par
74
65
71
210
T71
Brian Harman
USA
1
72
68
71
211
T71
Jim Furyk
USA
1
69
71
71
211
T71
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
68
71
72
211
T71
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
70
68
73
211
T71
Vijay Singh
FIJ
1
71
69
71
211
76
Charles Howell III
USA
2
74
66
72
212
77
Cameron Smith
AUS
3
74
66
73
213
78
Scott Brown
USA
4
72
68
74
214
T79
Brian Gay
USA
5
67
73
75
215
T79
Chris Stroud
USA
5
69
70
76
215
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
1
75
66
-
141
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
68
73
-
141
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
74
68
-
142
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
75
67
-
142
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Shaun Micheel
USA
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
71
72
-
143
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
76
67
-
143
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
3
70
73
-
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
James Hahn
USA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
John Daly
USA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
68
75
-
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Rich Beem
USA
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Sean McCarty
USA
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
69
74
-
143
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
4
76
68
-
144
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
69
-
144
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
4
70
74
-
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
75
69
-
144
CUT
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Craig Hocknull
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
5
76
69
-
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
6
71
75
-
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
73
73
-
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
6
73
73
-
146
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
6
74
72
-
146
CUT
Danny Balin
USA
7
72
75
-
147
CUT
Jason Schmuhl
USA
7
74
73
-
147
CUT
Matt Dobyns
USA
7
76
71
-
147
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
7
73
74
-
147
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
70
78
-
148
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
8
75
73
-
148
CUT
Matthew Borchert
USA
8
74
74
-
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
8
75
73
-
148
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
75
73
-
148
CUT
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
8
74
74
-
148
CUT
Shawn Warren
8
77
71
-
148
CUT
Craig Bowden
USA
9
75
74
-
149
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
9
72
77
-
149
CUT
Brian Smock
USA
10
79
71
-
150
CUT
David Muttitt
USA
10
81
69
-
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
USA
10
76
74
-
150
CUT
Michael Block
USA
10
75
75
-
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
10
73
77
-
150
CUT
Jaysen Hansen
USA
11
76
75
-
151
CUT
Johan Kok
USA
11
78
73
-
151
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
78
74
-
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
13
76
77
-
153
CUT
Bob Sowards
USA
15
80
75
-
155
RET
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
-
-
71
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-12
198
2
Adam Scott
AUS
-10
200
T3
Gary Woodland
USA
-9
201
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-9
201
T3
Rickie Fowler
USA
-9
201
T6
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-8
202
T6
Jason Day
AUS
-8
202
T6
Justin Thomas
USA
-8
202
T6
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
202
T6
Stewart Cink
USA
-8
202
T6
Tiger Woods
USA
-8
202
T12
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-7
203
T12
Julian Suri
USA
-7
203
T12
Kevin Kisner
USA
-7
203
T15
Brandon Stone
RSA
-6
204
T15
Daniel Berger
USA
-6
204
T15
Pat Perez
USA
-6
204
T15
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
204
T15
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
204
T15
Xander Schauffele
USA
-6
204
T21
Dustin Johnson
USA
-5
205
T21
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
205
T21
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
205
T21
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
205
T21
Justin Rose
ENG
-5
205
T21
Matt Wallace
ENG
-5
205
T21
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-5
205
T28
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
206
T28
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
206
T28
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
206
T28
Chris Kirk
USA
-4
206
T28
Jason Kokrak
USA
-4
206
T28
Jordan Spieth
USA
-4
206
T28
Ryan Fox
NZL
-4
206
T28
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-4
206
T36
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
207
T36
Ben Kern
-3
207
T36
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-3
207
T36
Kevin Na
USA
-3
207
T36
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
207
T36
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-3
207
T36
Ryan Moore
USA
-3
207
T36
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-3
207
T36
Zach Johnson
USA
-3
207
T45
Austin Cook
USA
-2
208
T45
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-2
208
T45
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
208
T45
Jimmy Walker
USA
-2
208
T45
Keegan Bradley
USA
-2
208
T45
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
208
T45
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
208
T45
Russell Knox
SCO
-2
208
T45
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-2
208
T45
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-2
208
T45
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
208
T45
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-2
208
T57
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
209
T57
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
209
T57
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
209
T57
J. J. Spaun
USA
-1
209
T57
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-1
209
T57
Tony Finau
USA
-1
209
T63
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
Par
210
T63
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
210
T63
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
Par
210
T63
Kevin Chappell
USA
Par
210
T63
Nick Watney
USA
Par
210
T63
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
210
T63
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
210
T63
Russell Henley
USA
Par
210
T71
Brian Harman
USA
1
211
T71
Jim Furyk
USA
1
211
T71
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
211
T71
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
211
T71
Vijay Singh
FIJ
1
211
76
Charles Howell III
USA
2
212
77
Cameron Smith
AUS
3
213
78
Scott Brown
USA
4
214
T79
Brian Gay
USA
5
215
T79
Chris Stroud
USA
5
215
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
141
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
141
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
1
141
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
141
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
141
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
141
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
141
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
141
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
141
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
1
141
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
1
141
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
2
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
142
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
2
142
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
142
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
142
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
142
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
2
142
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
142
CUT
Shaun Micheel
USA
2
142
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
143
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
143
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
3
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
143
CUT
James Hahn
USA
3
143
CUT
John Daly
USA
3
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
3
143
CUT
Rich Beem
USA
3
143
CUT
Sean McCarty
USA
3
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
143
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
4
144
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
144
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
4
144
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
4
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
144
CUT
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
144
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
144
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
4
144
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
145
CUT
Craig Hocknull
5
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
145
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
5
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
6
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
6
146
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
6
146
CUT
Danny Balin
USA
7
147
CUT
Jason Schmuhl
USA
7
147
CUT
Matt Dobyns
USA
7
147
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
7
147
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
148
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
8
148
CUT
Matthew Borchert
USA
8
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
8
148
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
148
CUT
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
8
148
CUT
Shawn Warren
8
148
CUT
Craig Bowden
USA
9
149
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
9
149
CUT
Brian Smock
USA
10
150
CUT
David Muttitt
USA
10
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
USA
10
150
CUT
Michael Block
USA
10
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
10
150
CUT
Jaysen Hansen
USA
11
151
CUT
Johan Kok
USA
11
151
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
13
153
CUT
Bob Sowards
USA
15
155
RET
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71