Sunday, May 19, 2019


Koepka one round away from making golfing

history at US PGA Chamionship
 Day Three Report
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Player quotes:
Brooks Koepka
“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.
“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.”
Jazz Janewattananond
“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.
Dustin Johnson
“I felt like I played well today. I just made too many bogeys. It wasn't one thing or the other. The wind got me a couple times. I hit some drives that I thought should have ended up better than they did.

“It seemed like every time I got just a little bit out of position, I made bogey. I missed quite a few short birdie putts, missed a couple short par putts. But overall, I felt like I swung the golf club very well. I drove it well. I putted well. I missed a few short ones. I felt Rickie I rolled it well and where I wanted to, it was just a couple short ones that I missed.”
Matt Wallace
“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.

“Luke (List) had a good chance there. He was playing some really good stuff in the middle and I thought if he could sneak another couple, or one more, maybe a four-shot lead isn't as much as what it could be on the last day. So who knows? I'll try and finish highest of the bunch that I'm around and see where that puts me.
“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.”
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