Brooks Koepka (-11) takes back solo PGA lead despite shaky start

Bessie Dean
August 13, 2018

Brooks Koepka holds a two-shot lead over a stacked leaderboard. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a wash when rain pounded the course.

He birdied the next two holes.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth, trying to complete a Career Grand Slam with a victory this weekend, got to within four of the lead but was undone with a triple bogey at the par-4 12th after going out of bounds with his second shot.

"It could have been a little bit closer but I've got a shot going into tomorrow", he said.

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., was a part of the late wave that had its round suspended by the weather. Yes, it is a course (where) you can make birdies, but I just think this afternoon there's been a couple of big numbers as well.

Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed.

After failing to hit a fairway in regulation on the front nine, the four-time PGA Championship victor needed only 10 putts in an extraordinary display of scrambling. He came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday.

A superb approach to the green on the par-four 12th left him with a two-metre putt for birdie, which he duly nailed. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62.

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"My caddie said something walking off", Koepka said. "The crowds are insane so we're just trying to plan it out and see what we can see". I knew I'd be in his line of sight and in last group. He tied Gary Player's record for the most birdies in a round in the PGA Championship.

Exhausted and hungry, an old Tiger survived 29 holes Saturday.

Those birdies after his big blunder stood out to Finau, one of only 11 players to make the cut in all four majors this year.

"I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to do", Koepka said, "I should win the golf tournament". It's way too early, but remember he almost came from nine back Sunday at the Masters this year.

Bellerive really had no defence. "St. Louis has never seen Tiger up close, so it's pretty insane and it makes it a lot more fun". But what he did to make the 36-hole cut will be remembered - and probably improved his chances of being picked for the US team in the Ryder Cup. The locals have enjoyed watching Koepka hit the long ball.

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