Brooks Koepka takes 54-hole lead at PGA

Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Brooks Koepka takes 54-hole lead at PGA

Professional

Brooks Koepka takes 54-hole lead at PGA

It was a long Saturday at the PGA Championship, but an interesting one.

We have a great leaderboard heading into Sunday’s final round.

Here’s a look back at Saturday at Bellerive…

(For Tiger’s shot by shot in Round 3, go to our Tiger Tracker here.)

UPDATE No. 31 (7:48 p.m. ET): Here’s the top 10 leaderboard heading into Sunday (wow)…

UPDATE No. 30 (7:45 p.m. ET): Koepka pars 18 for a 66. That gives him 12 under and a two-shot lead.

Here’s a recap of the third round and where we stand heading into Sunday:

UPDATE No. 29 (7:26 p.m. ET): Koepka lasers an iron to 20 feet at the par-5 17th and two-putts for birdie to move back to 12 under.

He leads by two again. Rickie Fowler closes out a 1-under 69 and is three back at 9 under.

UPDATE No. 28 (7:06 p.m. ET): Adam Scott misses a great birdie opportunity from about 6 feet at the 18th.

But a par means a 5-under 65, the best third round at the moment, and he’s in at 10 under. He’s solo second and one off the lead.

UPDATE No. 27 (7:02 p.m. ET): The lead is down to one!

Adam Scott birdies 17 to move to 10 under overall and 5 under for the day. He’s within one of Koepka. Big turn, as Koepka’s game has just fallen apart over the last hour after he was cruising previously all day.

Here’s the current top 10 leaderboard. Quite a leaderboard for sure. One note: Dustin Johnson is 4 over on his round and 3 under overall. Huge disappointment from the World No. 1 today.

UPDATE No. 26 (6:37 p.m. ET): Koepka makes back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15 (actually hitting a great chip to a foot at the latter to save bogey), and his lead is suddenly down to two at 11 under.

Adam Scott and Gary Woodland are tied for second at 9 under. Tiger Woods is T-4 at 8 under.

UPDATE No. 25 (6:30 p.m. ET): Well this is a turn.

Koepka bogeys the 14th and then has to take an unplayable after a wild tee shot at the 15th. He then missed the green with his third at the par 4. He could be looking at double bogey. If so, he drops to 10 under and a one-shot lead.

And that would put Tiger Woods, in with 4-under 66, only two back at 8 under.

UPDATE No. 24 (6:10 p.m. ET): The lead keeps growing.

Koepka now leads by five at 13 under after an Adam Scott bogey and Tiger Woods fails to birdie the par-5 17th after three-jacking from inside 20 feet.

This is a runaway at the moment.

UPDATE No. 23 (5:20 p.m. ET): Gary Woodland has fallen apart.

He goes bunker to bunker to bunker around the green on his way to triple bogey. That plummets him all the way back to 7 under.

And now, that give Brooks Koepka a FOUR-shot lead.

UPDATE No. 22 (5 p.m. ET): What’d we say … Unflappable.

Koepka bombs a driver at No. 9, knocks his short approach to 10-ish feet and drains the birdie putt to go out in 5-under 30. His lead is now three at 13 under, as Woodland bogeys to fall to 10 under. What a performance so far.

UPDATE No. 21 (4:45 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka looks unflappable.

He’s forced to lay up at the par-5 eighth but simply spins a wedge to 4 feet and drains the birdie putt to move to 12 under. That keeps him in the lead by one, as Gary Woodland two-putts for birdie there to reach 11 under.

Here’s the current top of the leaderboard…

UPDATE No. 20 (4:35 p.m. ET): Look who’s one back…

Rickie Fowler taps in for birdie at the par-5 eighth and that moves him to 10 under. He’s tied for second with Gary Woodland, just one back of leader Brooks Koepka.

UPDATE No. 19 (4:30 p.m. ET): Jordan Spieth may’ve just seen his chances die.

He hits his tee shot right at the 12th, plays a provisional but then finds the original. But he tries to recover from the trees, hits a tree and the ball ricochets out of bounds. He reloads short of the green, chips up and two-putts for triple bogey.

That drops him all the way back to 4 under. He is now seven behind.

UPDATE No. 18 (3:51 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler wasn’t going to be left out of this birdie party!

He birdies the par-3 sixth and that moves him to 9 under and within two. Gary Woodland is in second at 10 under. So many birdies today.

UPDATE No. 17 (3:47 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka rolls in another mid-range putt and that birdie at No. 5 moves him back into the solo lead at 11 under.

UPDATE No. 16 (3:33 p.m. ET): The galleries are huge here and they are being heard.

Jordan Spieth birdies Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 9 and he’s suddenly within three at 7 under. Tiger Woods has birdied five of his first eight and is now 8 under.

They are right in this, as the lead is still 10 under. Woodland and Koepka still co-lead at 10 under.

UPDATE No. 15 (3:15 p.m. ET): Gary Woodland drains a mid-range birdie putt at the third and that gets him back to 10 under and into a share of the lead. Good fight here early. Great bogey save at the last and fantastic bouneback.

He’s looked shaky early, but his grit has been impressive.

UPDATE No. 14 (3:05 p.m. ET): Brooks Koepka is your new solo leader.

He opens birdie-birdie to move to 10 under. Meanwhile, Gary Woodland hits his second shot short in the water at the second and actually hits a great wedge fourth to tap-in range to save bogey. Still, that moves him back to 9 under and out of the lead.

UPDATE No. 13 (2:55 p.m. ET): Those early birdies are falling.

Brooks Koepka stuffs his opening approach to tap-in range at No. 1, and he moves within one at 9 under. Justin Thomas birdies the third and that’s two early ones to move him to 8 under.

Jason Day birdies Nos. 1 and 3 to move to 7 under. A nice early third-round leaderboard forming here. Tiger Woods is 6 under after three birdies and a bogey in his first six.

Jordan Spieth is also a sneaky 5 under after birdies at Nos. 5 and 7.

UPDATE No. 12 (2:20 p.m. ET): Opening birdie for the defending champion.

Justin Thomas is now just three back at 7 under.

UPDATE No. 11 (2:10 p.m. ET): Round 3 is underway.

Low numbers are still out there, as Tiger Woods is proving. He opens his round birdie-birdie and has moved within four at 6 under. The final group will go off in about 30 minutes.

UPDATE No. 10 (12:35 p.m. ET): The notables to miss the cut here…

UPDATE No. 9 (12:30 p.m. ET): The third round is now underway!

Your tee times below. Gary Woodland leads through 36 by one.

UPDATE No. 8 (11:10 a.m. ET): The supergroups can often be disappointing, and it’s true that nobody in the Tiger Woods-Justin Thomas-Rory McIlroy trio is right at the lead.

But this has been a solid two days for this group. They combined to go 13 under and all three make the cut with ease and have a chance this weekend.

Thomas, the defending champion and last week’s winner at Firestone, goes 65 in Round 2 to jump to 6 under. He’s four back. Woods shoots 66 and is six back at 4 under. McIlroy fires 67 and is 3 under.

UPDATE No. 7 (10:05 a.m. ET): Rickie Fowler stuffs a wedge at the 17th and birdies to move back to 8 under. He then rolls in a 15-footer for par at the last.

A great finish, and that’s a 3-under 67. He’s in at 8 under and will begin the final 36 two off the lead.

UPDATE No. 6 (9:45 a.m. ET): Finau bogeys 18, but he’s in with 4-under 66 and is even par overall.

What a round: 10 birdies, three bogeys and a triple bogey. That puts him in on the number and he should be onto the weekend. His 10 birdies ties the single-round record for birdies at a PGA (with Gary Player). The all-time record in a major round is 11 by Anthony Kim during the second round of the 2009 Masters.

UPDATE No. 5 (9:40 a.m. ET): Nobody has wasted more long, straight drives this week than Rory McIlroy. But hey, this will help out.

Unbelievable hole-out for birdie from beyond the green for Rors to move back to 2 under.

UPDATE No. 4 (9:25 a.m. ET): Rickie Fowler continues to hang around.

He bogeys No. 13 but drains a mid-range putt for par at the 15th to avoid another stumble. He comes to the final two holes 7 under overall.

Tony Finau appears likely to make the cut. He birdies 16 and 17 to get back to 1 under overall and 5 under for the round. He now has 10(!) birdies on the round. The cut is still projected at even par, so just avoid disaster at 18 and he’s fine.

UPDATE No. 3 (8:35 a.m. ET): Phil Mickelson is in a frantic fight to try to make the cut. He birdies the drivable par-4 11th and that gets him to 2 over with seven to play.

The cut is currently at even par and is likely to stay there, although a 1-under cut is possible. That means Mickelson has to get at least two more birdies coming in to make the weekend.

UPDATE No. 2 (8:15 a.m. ET): Rickie Fowler opens Saturday with a birdie at No. 11!

That’s back-to-back and he’s now within two at 8 under. Tiger Woods birdies his opening hole (No. 8) to move within six at 4 under. You can follow his second round, shot by shot, with our Tiger Tracker.

UPDATE No. 1 (8 a.m. ET): Play has officially resumed this morning!

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Latest

More Golfweek
Home