Brooks Koepka leads the PGA Championship by one stroke… Challenges for 5 major wins
Major Hunter’ Brooks Koepka (USA) rose to the lead by one stroke at the 105th PGA Championship.
On the third day of the tournament held at Oak Hill Country Club (par 70) in Rochester, New York, USA in the rain on the 21st (Korean time), Koepka scored 4 under par 66 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey, and tied for a median total of 6 under par 204. He was one stroke ahead of second place Victor Hovlan (Norway) and Cory Connors (Canada).안전놀이터
With this, Koepka will challenge to win two consecutive major tournaments following last month’s Masters. Koepka led the Masters until the third round, but on the last day, John Rahm (Spain) allowed a come-from-behind victory and tied for second place with Phil Mickelson (USA). At this PGA Championship, the public is interested in whether he will be able to win his 5th major.
Koepka, who has won 8 victories on the PGA Tour, has decorated 4 of them as major victories and is called a ‘major hunter’. As if to prove this, Koepka drove the daily best 4 under par for two days in a row at Oak Hill Country Club, which was difficult to set up in the rain. Currently playing at LIV Golf, Koepka won the tournament in 2018 and 2019 and is aiming for his third Wanamaker Trophy in his career.
On this day, Koepka played in the same group as Bryson DeChambeau (USA), who is also active at LIV Golf. Galleries gathered at the tee box of Hall 1 booed as they were introduced by the announcer. But Koepka didn’t care and went birdie hunting. Koepka, who caught consecutive birdies on holes 4 and 5, slowed down by sending a tee shot into the deep rough area on hole 7 and made a bogie, but tied for the lead with a birdie on hole 17 (par 4) following consecutive birdies on holes 12 and 13. . Koepka made an uphill birdie putt over 10m in this hole.
Connors, who led by one stroke until the 15th hole, committed a double bogey at the 16th hole (par 4) and gave up the lead. Connors, who sent his tee shot into the bunker on the right side of the fairway, got the ball into the chin of the bunker due to a mistake on his second shot. Connors, who recorded an interim total of 5 under par 205 strokes, faced the final round in a tie for second place with Hoblan, who made a bogey in the last hole.
DeChambeau recorded an even par with 3 birdies, 1 bogey and 1 double bogey, and finished in 4th place alone with a median total of 3 under par 207 strokes. Scotty Scheffler (USA), who took the lead the day before, lost 3 strokes and tied for 5th place with Justin Rose (England) with a median total of 2 under par 208 strokes.
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) cut 1 stroke and finished 7th alone with a median total of 1 under par 209 strokes. Justin Seo, a Korean-American, lost 3 strokes and recorded an average of 210 even par, tying for 8th place with golf course head pro Michael Block (USA). Block hit an even par 70 for three consecutive days.
Lee Min-ji’s younger brother, Lee Min-woo (Australia), lost one stroke, but tied for 10th place with an intermediate total of 1 over par and 211 strokes. Lee Gyeong-hoon, the only Korean player to pass the cut, lost 5 strokes with 3 birdies and 8 bogeys on the moving day, dropping his ranking to 42nd with a median total of 6 over par 216 strokes.