Brooks Koepka awoke on Sunday morning with a confident lead in the PGA Championship, an event he won last year, and it just seemed like an epic collapse of Greg Norman or a close impossible run by another golfer before the fourth major victory.
But with the wind on the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island, which shot up to 32 km / h, just like Koepka and Harold Varner III, his playing partner, as well as the other golfer who joined him in the early afternoon pursued.
no. 3 (par 3, 223 yards): Varner returned the blow he had picked up on the first hole, and a few more. He turned the hole twice, drawing a tie in 4-under, with Dustin Johnson alone in second place at 6-under. Koepka, still settled, managed to par. Koepka: 11-under
No. 2 (par 4, 400 meters)
After Koepka and Harold Varner III threw two punches with his bogie and the birdie of his partner, they settled on the second hole. Both came with par and Koepka's lead on five strokes. Koepka: 11-under
No. 1 (par 4, 430 yards): Immediately a fan attempted to rattle Koepka and mumbled : "Little windy out there, Brooksie." Koepka opened the path he did not have preferred: with a bogey at the first hole. Varner found the fairway and managed a birdie that broke off Koepka's top. And that's how Koepka's seven-stroke lead came in at five, with Varner alone in second place. Koepka: 11-under
On the eve of the final round, Koepka had no doubt as to whether he could win.
"No," was the two-letter answer after his par 70 performance As Koepka on Saturday continued to show the unquestioning confidence that Tiger Woods showed in his heyday.
What is the historical dominance? With a win, he would be the first golfer to win two consecutive titles in two majors (the US Open is the other he won in 2017 and 2018). His seven-stroke lead was the biggest of all players in a major since Rory McIlroy led the 2011 US Open at eight.
Therefore, it is difficult to reproach him with a calm sense of fate. No leader after 54 holes lost a lead of seven or more in the last round. "He does what he promised," Xander Schauffle told reporters. "He talked in the media room and confirmed every word."
Could anything derail Koepka? After the Instagram account of his girlfriend, actress / model Jena Sims, certainly no trophy curse.
Mickelson's thumbs are alright. Really.
Phil Mickelson finished the race at 12, but he enjoyed thumbing all Phil fans. In fact, he had so much fun that he joked about "thumb activation" on Saturday in a hilarious social media post and again spoke on Sunday about breaking his one-day record in Bethpage with his gestures to the fans. "When the putts sink, thumbs up," he cracked. Sunday there was no such luck.
"My game had problems," he told TNT.
"I'm just kidding," he told TNT. "That's why I did not fight."
Here you can find out how to watch TV (at any time in the East)
Online: 11.00-19.00. on PGA.com
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7:45 am – Max Homa, Joos Luiten
7:55 Watch – Corey Conners, Marty Jertson
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8:15 am – Ross Fisher, Andrew Putnam
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8:45 am – Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson
8:55 am – Justin Harding, Cameron Smith
9:05 am – Matt Fitzpatrick, Lucas Herbert  9:15 am – Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson
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11:25 am – Matt Kuchar Charles Howell III
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11:55 am – Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau
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12:15 PM – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Adam Long
12:25 PM – Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry
12:35 PM – Jimmy Walker, Scott Piercy
12: 45 O'clock – Justin Rose, Sam Burns
12:55 pm – Chez Reavie, Tommy Fleetwood
1:05 pm – Lucas Glover, Lucas Bjerregaard
1:25 pm – Danny Lee, Danny Willett
1:35 pm – Sung Kang, Rickie Fowler
1:45 pm – Jordan Spieth, Erik van Rooyen
1:55 pm – Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott
2:05 pm – Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele
2:15 pm – Dustin Johnson , Hideki Matsuyama
14:25 – Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List
2:35 pm – Brooks Koepka, Harold Varner III
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