Brooks Koepka aims at third major title

August 12th, 2018

Two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka took aim at his third major victory as leaders prepared to tee off in Sunday’s final round of the 100th PGA Championship.
But other six major winners, including 14-time major champion Tiger Woods, were lurking within four strokes as an afternoon back-nine shootout was set to unfold at Bellerive Country Club.
“Everyone is going to have to shoot low rounds,” Woods said. “It’s soft. It’s gettable and you can’t just go out there and make a bunch of pars. You’re going to have to make some birdies.”
Fourth-ranked Koepka, who matched the tournament record with a seven-under 63 on Friday, fired a 66 Saturday to lead on 12-under 198 after 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Australia’s Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion.
It’s the first time the 28-year-old American has led a major alone entering the final round. Twice in that situation in PGA Tour events, Koepka did not come out the winner, but he is confident entering Sunday’s showdown.
“I’m just focused on me. I feel like, if I do what I’m supposed to, I should win the golf tournament,” Koepka said.
“I feel like I’m extremely confident. I like the way I’m hitting the ball.”
Koepka became the first golfer since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win consecutive US Open crowns in June when he defended the title at Shinnecock.
Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, was in a pack four strokes adrift.
“There’s a lot of star power, and it should be. It’s a major championship,” Koepka said. “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.”

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