US PGA Championship - R3

Classy Koepka on the cusp of history in Bethpage

May 16-19
Bethpage State Park Black Course, Farmingdale, NY
$11,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Brooks Koepka is one round away from golfing history after the American carded a level par 70 at the US PGA Championship to remain seven shots clear of the field and edge one step closer to a fourth Major title.

Classy Koepka on the cusp of history in Bethpage, © Getty Images
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The 29 year old began the day seven shots clear after a record-breaking opening 36 holes, so someone from the chasing pack required a low round to put some pressure on the Floridian.

“I feel good. I feel excited. I’m excited. I was excited just to get to the course today, and then try to build that lead, but didn’t happen. It’s a tough day. It would have been really hard to shoot four or five under.

“I feel confident going into tomorrow. I don’t know what the forecast is. But if I can hit a few fairways, there’s really a couple of key holes out here – you play seven well, play ten and 12 well, and then from there, you just hit the centre of the greens and try to par this place to death.”

It was a testament to the astronomically high standard Koepka has set this week that no player could master the Bethpage Black Course on moving day as he did in the opening two days, and he maintained his dominance despite remaining on 12 under.

“I struck it better than I did yesterday. I just didn’t putt as well. I felt like as you saw, I left a couple putts short right in the middle. If I make those and shoot a couple under, I extend the lead. But I felt like they were coming off the putter very nicely.

“You’re also trying not to leave yourself with too many three and four footers. If you have tap-ins, the way it’s playing today, it’s difficult to make a lot of birdies. I thought it was pretty good.”

Should he emerge victorious, the former Challenge Tour graduate would become the first player in history to win both the U.S. Open and the US PGA Championship back-to-back, while he would be the only player under 30 years of age with four Major titles.

Young Thai star Jazz Janewattananond did attempt to enter the race for the Wanamaker Trophy midway through moving day as the 23 year old got to six under and within six shots. He eventually carded a three under 67 for a five under total to join three others – including World Number One Dustin Johnson – in a share of second.

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“I arrived here on Monday, it was raining, Tuesday was raining, and the course plays so tough because the rough was so long, the ball didn’t go anywhere. I was having nightmares – thinking ‘how am I going to play this golf course? I’m not going to break 80!’ So this has exceeded my expectations already.

“The atmosphere is good. My caddie’s a local here, so he brought so much fans around. Maybe that’s part of the reason why New York loves me, it must be the caddie.”

Englishman Matt Wallace remained the best European heading into the final day despite a level par 70 on moving day as he shared sixth position with Hideki Matsuyama on four under.

“He’s (Koepka) a good golfer, isn’t he! That’s pretty much plain and simple. When you’ve got the ball under control like he does and he’s putting great and chipping and putting and everything’s perfect, that kind of happens. Tiger did it. I remember Monty saying, nobody was ever going to catch Tiger at that Masters that he won, and this is pretty much the same.

“I want to be here and I want to be competing, and I’m kind of here now, even though Brooks is miles ahead. I’ve got to do some work tomorrow and try and get as many World Ranking points as I can, and that will give me confidence going into the rest of the years, and also majors in the years to come.

“That’s important to me, and there’s a lot of drive for me to go out there and prove myself, and try and put a good show on for the crowd.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-12
63
65
70
198
T2
Harold Varner III
USA
-5
71
67
67
205
T2
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-5
70
68
67
205
T2
Luke List
USA
-5
68
68
69
205
T2
Dustin Johnson
USA
-5
69
67
69
205
T6
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-4
70
68
68
206
T6
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
69
67
70
206
T8
Xander Schauffele
USA
-3
70
69
68
207
T8
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-3
69
70
68
207
T8
Adam Scott
AUS
-3
71
64
72
207
T8
Jordan Spieth
USA
-3
69
66
72
207
T12
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
70
68
70
208
T12
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
68
70
70
208
T14
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
69
69
71
209
T14
Danny Lee
NZL
-1
64
74
71
209
T16
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
71
70
69
210
T16
Lucas Glover
USA
Par
72
69
69
210
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
71
69
70
210
T16
Chez Reavie
USA
Par
68
71
71
210
T16
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
Par
67
71
72
210
T16
Justin Rose
ENG
Par
70
67
73
210
T22
Sam Burns
USA
1
70
72
69
211
T22
Jimmy Walker
USA
1
70
70
71
211
T22
Scott Piercy
USA
1
72
67
72
211
T22
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
1
70
68
73
211
T26
Shane Lowry
IRL
2
75
69
68
212
T26
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
2
76
68
68
212
T26
Adam Long
USA
2
73
70
69
212
T26
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
73
70
69
212
T26
Jason Day
AUS
2
69
74
69
212
T26
Rory McIlroy
NIR
2
72
71
69
212
T26
Tony Finau
USA
2
70
73
69
212
T26
Haotong Li
CHN
2
73
69
70
212
T26
Adam Hadwin
CAN
2
72
70
70
212
T26
Aaron Wise
USA
2
70
71
71
212
T26
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
2
71
69
72
212
T26
Matt Kuchar
USA
2
70
70
72
212
T26
Charles Howell III
USA
2
72
67
73
212
T39
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
3
76
67
70
213
T39
Billy Horschel
USA
3
70
72
71
213
T39
Joel Dahmen
USA
3
70
72
71
213
T39
Webb Simpson
USA
3
72
69
72
213
T39
Francesco Molinari
ITA
3
72
68
73
213
T39
Zach Johnson
USA
3
71
69
73
213
T39
Gary Woodland
USA
3
70
70
73
213
T39
Keegan Bradley
USA
3
70
70
73
213
T39
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
73
66
74
213
T48
J. J. Spaun
USA
4
72
72
70
214
T48
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
4
73
70
71
214
T48
Jason Kokrak
USA
4
73
70
71
214
T48
Brandt Snedeker
USA
4
74
67
73
214
T48
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
4
68
71
75
214
T48
Kelly Kraft
USA
4
71
65
78
214
T48
Daniel Berger
USA
4
70
66
78
214
T55
J. T. Poston
USA
5
77
67
71
215
T55
Thomas Pieters
BEL
5
74
70
71
215
T55
Graeme McDowell
NIR
5
70
72
73
215
T58
Ryan Vermeer
USA
6
70
74
72
216
T58
Cameron Champ
USA
6
72
71
73
216
T58
Alexander Noren
SWE
6
73
69
74
216
T58
Paul Casey
ENG
6
70
71
75
216
T58
Phil Mickelson
USA
6
69
71
76
216
T58
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
6
75
65
76
216
T64
Lucas Herbert
AUS
7
74
70
73
217
T64
Justin Harding
RSA
7
74
70
73
217
T64
Cameron Smith
AUS
7
73
70
74
217
T64
Charley Hoffman
USA
7
73
69
75
217
T64
Henrik Stenson
SWE
7
74
68
75
217
T64
Pat Perez
USA
7
68
73
76
217
T70
Rob Labritz
USA
8
75
69
74
218
T70
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
8
75
69
74
218
T70
Beau Hossler
USA
8
72
69
77
218
T70
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
74
67
77
218
T74
Andrew Putnam
USA
9
74
70
75
219
T74
Kevin Tway
USA
9
73
70
76
219
T74
Kurt Kitayama
USA
9
74
68
77
219
T77
Corey Conners
CAN
10
72
72
76
220
T77
Marty Jertson
USA
10
72
69
79
220
T77
Max Homa
USA
10
70
71
79
220
T80
Joost Luiten
NED
11
72
72
77
221
T80
David Lipsky
USA
11
70
74
77
221
82
Rich Beem
USA
16
75
69
82
226
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