Sunday Night Update:
Never a doubt, right? It got a rather interesting at Beth Page Black on Sunday, as winds kicked up to 35 MPH, sharpening the teeth of an already vicious course. But FSU’s Brooks Koepka is not easily swayed. His 7-stroke lead shrunk to 1 on the back 9, but Koepka steadied himself and finished strong, repeating as PGA Champion. He finished at -8, two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson.
Koepka’s also the two-time defending US Open champ, making him the only player in golf history to be a back-to-back defending champion of two majors at the same time. Koepka has now won four majors in 23 months and ascends to the rank of No. 1 player in the world, replacing Johnson.
Saturday Night Update:
Time is running out on the rest of the field, which has been chasing Seminole Brooks Koepka since the beginning of the PGA Championship at Beth Page Black in New York. Koepka led by a stroke after round one and seven shots after round two. Saturday was moving day, when those in pursuit of the lead needed to make up ground on Koepka, the event’s defending champion.
But Koepka began Saturday’s play at -12, with his closest pursuers at -5. And that’s exactly where things stand heading into Sunday. Only the names of those tied for second have changed: Dustin Johnson, Luke List, Harold Varner III, and Jazz Janewattananond.
Koepka continues to make history, as a seven-stroke lead is the largest ever taken into the final round of the PGA Championship.
Friday Night Update:
130 had been the lowest 36-hole score in the 159-year history of major championship golf. Notice the past tense there. A day after posting a course-record 63, Florida State’s Brooks Koepka dropped a 65 at Beth Page Black. Now his 128 is the best halfway number ever shot at a major.
At the midway point in New York, Koepka is -12 in his quest to repeat as the PGA Champion; the closest competitors (Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth) are at -5. But Koepka isn’t the lone Seminole in the top 5: Daniel Berger (-4) its tied for fourth. Berger and Scott will be paired in the penultimate group, starting their Saturday rounds at 2:40 pm. Koepka and Spieth will comprise the final pairing, teeing off at 2:50 pm.
Another major, another early lead for Brooks Koepka, the greatest golfer ever to have played for Florida State. Koepka put the field on notice on Thursday, firing a course-record 63, 7 strokes under par, in his bid to join Tiger Woods as the only player to repeat as the PGA Champion since the tournament switched to stroke play in 1958.
Koepka got off to a fast start on Beth Page State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, New York by authoring 7 birdies without a blemish on his scorecard. Entering play on Friday, Koepka is a shot up on New Zealand’s Danny Lee and four strokes ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood.
Looking for his fourth major title, all since June of 2017, Koepka continues to make history with his constantly high level of play on golf’s biggest stages. He’ll again play with fellow reigning major champs Tiger Woods and Francesco Molinari on Friday, teeing off at 1:49 pm.
Brooks Koepka is -62 in majors since the 2016 PGA began, 21 shots better than anyone else in that span (Fowler is second at -41). #PGAChampionship— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) May 17, 2019
.@BKoepka leads all players in the majors since the beginning of 2017 in:— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) May 17, 2019
Strokes gained per round (3.09)
Birdies/eagles made (153)
Rounds led or co-led (10)
Score to par (-53)
Scoring average (69.4)