“A lot of people were yelling out his name so it was hard not to think of Jarrod”.
“It’s a lot more insane”, Brown said. “It’s obviously, for me, being in enemy territory down here in Missouri country”. So it’s been good, though. “I really look forward to it”. Pretty incredible stuff as Koepka defended his U.S. Open title and then put this PGA Championship in his arsenal.
“I felt like I had a lot of positives from today”, Thomas said.
At four under par Spieth ended the day eight off the lead and Rory McIlroy’s hopes of ending his major drought also vanished after a 71 left him 10 behind.
Keep playing, Tiger; keep driving and chipping and putting, fist-pumping and club-waving-but he’s coming.
It was flawless. No, it was 16 strokes better than ideal, two strokes better than the best story in golf, the man whose party Koepka crashed on Sunday afternoon.
Former KU All-American Ryan Vermeer sizes up the birdie putt he made on No. 8 at Bellerive on Friday in the 100th PGA as John Daly waits his turn.
Spieth wound up with a triple-bogey 7, not only dropping off the leaderboard – he’s tied for 24th after 54 holes – but bringing memories of another very bad 12th hole, 2016 at Augusta in the Masters, when he hit two balls into the water for another seven, a quadruple bogey. This time, on Sunday at the PGA, the ball stopped. If he did it once, why can’t he do it again?
Brooks Koepka shot 4-under 66 to finish at 16-under 264.
What did he tell himself to shake it off? I just didn’t make anything. “I made a bit of a run”. The best thing might be to take that first FedEx Cup week off and work on my game and hopefully come back in a better place.
Koepka has made note a few times this week that despite winning back-to-back U.S. Opens, he has flown under the radar.
But while Koepka’s performance is one of the weeks main takeaways, it’s far from the only one. It would take a great shot and/or putt from 137 yards to avoid a double. He stuck his approach at 15 to 18 inches. Scott birdied five of seven holes from the seventh to the 13th with his massive pendulum of a putter, to briefly tie for the lead.
Not by bouncing back from a 74 to make the cut on the number. The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball.
Through it all, Koepka was calm, making shot after shot when it was needed the most.
Just like that, he was three strokes off the lead, his deficit about to swell to six. They’re easy, the jokes about how much he squats or lifts or presses-how many pounds, how many kilograms, how many Wanamaker trophies. I struggled to hit it as the greens were getting slower. He chipped it to eight inches and tapped in for a triple.
At 28, Koepka was one of the many young players to thrive.
“I don’t think someone’s going to run away with it tomorrow; it’s still a major championship”.
Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.
And Woods’ last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee shot on the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole.
Koepka won the U.S. Open on two different courses that required one extreme to the other in scoring – 16 under at Erin Hills, 1 over at Shinnecock Hills. They’re not really interested in it because they’re interested in starting school and they’re nervous about starting school.
“Yeah, it’s happened quite a bit”, Woodland said.