FARMINGDALE, NY – Brooks Koepka turns a public golf course into its private playground in the PGA Championship.
Fence to a seven-shot driver, Koepka never let anyone get closer than five shots Saturday when he drove his way to an ideal start and overcome a few shabby mistakes for a straight pair 70.
For the first time in this week he did not touch any scoring posts. It was not the goal. Koepka held his seven-shot lead in a final round that feels more like a victory shot as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in battle at the PGA Championship.
Asked if there was any doubt that he would win, Koepka said flatly, "No."
"I feel confident. I'm fine. I feel excited," he said, and only the last part was hard to believe because Koepka didn't show much excitement about anything. He picks a shot and hits it, and within three days at Bethpage Black the ball goes exactly what he wants.
No one has gone to wire in the PGA Championship since Hal Sutton, who had a two-shot lead entering the final adventure on Riviera in 1983.
Koepka has the largest 54-hole lead in the PGA Championship since it switched to the battles in 1958, and no one has lost seven shots in 159 years of great championship golf. In fact, no one has lost more than a six shots in any PGA Tour.
Dustin Johnson tried to run with six birdbirds, only to put in five bogeys in his round of 69. No bogey was more harmful than the 18th. A drive in the fairway would have given the world's No. 1 player a fair shot at birdie. Instead, he sent it straight into the bunker, got up well in the native grass, left the next in the bunker and had to scramble to limit the damage. It kept Johnson from joining his close friend in the final group.
Koepka, who was 12 under 198, plays the last round with Harold Varner III, whose week began with plans to play an exercise round with Woods on the eve of the PGA Championship until Woods called himself ill. Varner birdied the 18th to cap of a bogey-free 67 and leads the group at 5 under 205, which includes Jazz Janewattananond (67) and Luke List, who holed two shots from the green to a 69.
"I think we plays all for second place, "said List.
Jordan Spieth did not put any pressure on Koepka at all. Spieth played in the last group on the weekend for the first time since the Open Championship last summer, I have a realistic birdie chance until the sixth hole and he missed one from 8 feet. He shot 72 and was nine shots at the back. Spieth did not want to speak to a reporter after the round.
There was simply no stopping Koepka, who is a round away from a fourth major in his last eight attempts and a return to No. 1 in the world. Koepka would also be the first player to hold back-to-back big titles at the same time. He won his second straight US Open last year 60 miles down the road on Long Island in Shinnecock Hills.
Woods and Phil Mickelson are t he only players in the last 30 years to win at least a big three years in a row. It's the kind of company Koepka is on the verge of joining. The Sunday plan was no different from the previous three rounds.
"It doesn't matter, I'm just trying to play good golf," Koepka said. "If I can get off to a good start tomorrow, these first six holes are very beautiful. I want if you can get 1 or 2 below after six, you're in a good place. & # 39; & # 39;
That was what worked on Saturday.
Ko epka had birdie chances on the opening six holes and converted two of them, from 5 meters on a blind shot up the hill at # 2, and a hole wedge landing next to the pin and beating well over 2 meters away at No. 5. His only match lacked a 2-foot putt on the ninth hole for a three-putt bogey, and then the 10th fairway on the right was missing to create another bogey.
putt for Koepka was just under 5 feet for couples on the 11th, who kept him from three straight bogeys, and then he was back in his groove.
List run by three straight bird birds, chipping in from 70 feet on no. 12, pay a 30 foot putt on par-5 13th and make a 15 foot putt on 14th.It took him within five, but it wasn't long before Koepka birdied the 13th and List began to miss enough shots as it finally Cost him.
"I have a lot to play for," said List. "If I start to worry about what he's doing, I have no chance. For me, it just tries to get through and give me so many opportunities to get on the green as possible. & # 39; & # 39;
Johnson has the most experience and skill among those who hunt Koepka if he even allows it to be a hunt. 19659002] "It's going to take something special to catch Brooks, but it's possible," Johnson said.
He then tried to prepare the math and found a low score by Johnson and Koepka, who went a few shots in relation to each other, and then he decided to stick to a more practical perspective.
"I need help from him," Johnson said. "And then I have to play very well."