US PGA Championship - R2

History maker Koepka moves seven clear at Bethpage

May 16-19
Bethpage State Park Black Course, Farmingdale, NY
$11,000,000
Live leaderboard
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Brooks Koepka made history at the US PGA Championship as the American recorded the lowest 36-hole score in Major Championship history, obliterating the rest of the field at Bethpage to move seven shots clear after a second round 65 moved him to 12 under par.

The 29 year old former European Tour winner and Challenge Tour graduate was in unstoppable form on Long Island and became the first player to lead by seven or more shots after 36 holes of a Major since Sir Henry Cotton in The 1934 Open Championship.

“This probably sounds bad, but today was a battle. I didn’t strike it that good. I was leaking a few to the right. But the way I hung in there today and battled it, I think that was probably more impressive than yesterday, not having your A game but still being able to shoot a great score. I was very, very pleased with the way I played today.”


Koepka registered his first bogey of the tournament on the famously challenging Black Course at the tenth hole and, while he did drop another shot at the 17th , seven birdies were enough for a five under round and a record-breaking cumulative total of 128 shots.

“I putted great. I feel like I even slide the putter right behind the ball, it’s lined up perfectly, and I don’t have to do anything. I don’t have to kind of adjust. I feel as comfortable as I’ve ever felt putting this week. You know, like I said, poa isn’t my favourite grass to putt on, but I felt like my speed control has been pretty good.”

Jordan Spieth, also chasing history as the three-time Major winner looks to become just the sixth player in history to claim golf’s Grand Slam, shares second place with another former Masters champion Adam Scott on five under par.

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“I’ve really cleared my setup, especially inside of ten or 12 feet. I feel more comfortable. My eyes are seeing where the putter is pointed so I can be reactive to the correct line. It seems easy, but when that gets off, golf is pretty difficult and that’s where I’ve been the last year and a half.

“Now the putter is certainly better. The rest of the game, I’m able to stay a little more patient and just try and hit greens in regulation and I can shoot more consistent rounds.

“My bunker play has actually been less than stellar for my expectations, but it’s been really nice. I noticed that today when I was in them, I hit a few really good ones and one that I made a good putt that makes the bunker stats look good, but all in all, it’s better to be in the bunkers than the rough out here.”


Four-time European Tour winner Matt Wallace is the leading European, tied for fourth place alongside four others on four under par, while his fellow Englishman Justin Rose is a shot further back in outright ninth position.

“I think anything under par around this golf course is very good,” said Wallace. “I think trying to move forward and trying to get better at golf, yes, I’m disappointed. I missed a short one on the seventh hole and eight, I hit the wrong club off the tee, really.

“I’m disappointed, but we’re at a major. I can’t dwell on it now. I’ve got to move on and go for the weekend here. I stayed patient, didn’t get off to a great start, so I stayed patient and waited for my run, and it came in bundles from the 18th onward and I finished it off with a chip-in. So that little middle stretch was nice.”


Tommy Fleetwood threatened the lead midway through the day but fell back to a two-under total after a round of 71, while the reigning Race to Dubai Champion Francesco Molinari enters the weekend on level par. Rory McIlroy battled back from a disappointing opening nine holes to make the cut by one on three over.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-12
63
65
128
T2
Jordan Spieth
USA
-5
69
66
135
T2
Adam Scott
AUS
-5
71
64
135
T4
Daniel Berger
USA
-4
70
66
136
T4
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
69
67
136
T4
Kelly Kraft
USA
-4
71
65
136
T4
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
69
67
136
T4
Luke List
USA
-4
68
68
136
9
Justin Rose
ENG
-3
70
67
137
T10
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
64
74
138
T10
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
68
70
138
T10
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-2
70
68
138
T10
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
71
67
138
T10
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
68
138
T10
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-2
67
71
138
T10
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
70
68
138
T10
Rickie Fowler
USA
-2
69
69
138
T10
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-2
70
68
138
T19
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-1
69
70
139
T19
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-1
73
66
139
T19
Scott Piercy
USA
-1
72
67
139
T19
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
68
71
139
T19
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
68
71
139
T19
Charles Howell III
USA
-1
72
67
139
T19
Xander Schauffele
USA
-1
70
69
139
T26
Gary Woodland
USA
Par
70
70
140
T26
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
75
65
140
T26
Keegan Bradley
USA
Par
70
70
140
T26
Phil Mickelson
USA
Par
69
71
140
T26
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
71
69
140
T26
Matt Kuchar
USA
Par
70
70
140
T26
Jimmy Walker
USA
Par
70
70
140
T26
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
Par
71
69
140
T26
Francesco Molinari
ITA
Par
72
68
140
T26
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
71
69
140
T36
Lucas Glover
USA
1
72
69
141
T36
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
74
67
141
T36
Paul Casey
ENG
1
70
71
141
T36
Pat Perez
USA
1
68
73
141
T36
Danny Willett
ENG
1
71
70
141
T36
Webb Simpson
USA
1
72
69
141
T36
Beau Hossler
USA
1
72
69
141
T36
Brandt Snedeker
USA
1
74
67
141
T36
Max Homa
USA
1
70
71
141
T36
Aaron Wise
USA
1
70
71
141
T36
Marty Jertson
USA
1
72
69
141
T47
Billy Horschel
USA
2
70
72
142
T47
Joel Dahmen
USA
2
70
72
142
T47
Kurt Kitayama
USA
2
74
68
142
T47
Adam Hadwin
CAN
2
72
70
142
T47
Sam Burns
USA
2
70
72
142
T47
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
74
68
142
T47
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
73
69
142
T47
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
70
72
142
T47
Haotong Li
CHN
2
73
69
142
T47
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
73
69
142
T57
Jason Kokrak
USA
3
73
70
143
T57
Cameron Champ
USA
3
72
71
143
T57
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
3
76
67
143
T57
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
3
73
70
143
T57
Tony Finau
USA
3
70
73
143
T57
Jason Day
AUS
3
69
74
143
T57
Rory McIlroy
NIR
3
72
71
143
T57
Cameron Smith
AUS
3
73
70
143
T57
Kevin Tway
USA
3
73
70
143
T57
Abraham Ancer
USA
3
73
70
143
T57
Adam Long
USA
3
73
70
143
T68
Ryan Vermeer
USA
4
70
74
144
T68
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
4
75
69
144
T68
Rich Beem
USA
4
75
69
144
T68
Corey Conners
CAN
4
72
72
144
T68
J. J. Spaun
USA
4
72
72
144
T68
Rob Labritz
USA
4
75
69
144
T68
Thomas Pieters
BEL
4
74
70
144
T68
Andrew Putnam
USA
4
74
70
144
T68
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
76
68
144
T68
David Lipsky
USA
4
70
74
144
T68
Justin Harding
RSA
4
74
70
144
T68
Shane Lowry
IRL
4
75
69
144
T68
J. T. Poston
USA
4
77
67
144
T68
Joost Luiten
NED
4
72
72
144
T68
Lucas Herbert
AUS
4
74
70
144
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
5
73
72
145
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
5
76
69
145
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
5
77
68
145
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Jon Rahm
ESP
5
70
75
145
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Kevin Na
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
5
74
71
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
75
70
145
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
5
74
71
145
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
5
70
75
145
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
5
72
73
145
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
5
74
71
145
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
5
74
71
145
CUT
Steve Stricker
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tiger Woods
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Tyler Hall
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Ian Poulter
ENG
6
72
74
146
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
6
75
71
146
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Richy Werenski
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
6
69
77
146
CUT
Ben Cook
USA
7
74
73
147
CUT
Brian Mackey
USA
7
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
7
75
72
147
CUT
Shaun Norris
RSA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
7
74
73
147
CUT
Tom Lewis
ENG
7
76
71
147
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
7
72
75
147
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
8
74
74
148
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
8
71
77
148
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
8
76
72
148
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
8
74
74
148
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
8
74
74
148
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
8
75
73
148
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
8
78
70
148
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
9
78
71
149
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
9
72
77
149
CUT
Jason Caron
USA
9
70
79
149
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
9
77
72
149
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
9
73
76
149
CUT
Casey Russell
USA
10
77
73
150
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
10
77
73
150
CUT
Justin Bertsch
USA
10
77
73
150
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
10
73
77
150
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
11
76
75
151
CUT
John Daly
USA
11
75
76
151
CUT
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
11
76
75
151
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
11
76
75
151
CUT
Alex Beach
USA
12
77
75
152
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
12
79
73
152
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
12
75
77
152
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
12
77
75
152
CUT
Craig Bowden
USA
13
78
75
153
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
13
76
77
153
CUT
Kevin Kisner
USA
13
77
76
153
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
14
77
77
154
CUT
Rod Perry
USA
14
77
77
154
CUT
Shaun Micheel
USA
14
77
77
154
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
15
80
75
155
CUT
Brendan Jones
AUS
15
78
77
155
CUT
Danny Balin
USA
15
78
77
155
CUT
John O’Leary
USA
17
79
78
157
CUT
Stuart Deane
AUS
18
82
76
158
CUT
Cory Schneider
USA
19
74
85
159
CUT
Craig Hocknull
AUS
19
82
77
159
CUT
Jeff Schmid
USA
19
81
78
159
CUT
Andrew Filbert
USA
26
84
82
166
RET
Brian Gay
USA
Par
81
81