Brooks Koepka leads by one shot going into the final round at Oak Hill
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Brooks Koepka brings a one-shot lead into the final round as the LIV golfer targets a third US PGA Championship title at Oak Hill. The American was the star performer on Saturday with a four-under-par round of 66 to reach six-under for the tournament in wet conditions in Rochester, New York.
On a tough day to score Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners showed the type of consistency needed to win a major with both players recording even par round to keep them near the top of the leaderboard. Just one shot off the lead before the final round, they will lead the chasing pack which includes the USA’s Bryson DeChambeau (-3) and England’s Justin Rose (-2).
World number two Scottie Scheffler is also in the mix after an up-and-down day saw him drop back to two under but he’ll need to regain his form from the previous two rounds if he wants to challenge on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy remains in contention for a third US PGA but trails Koepka by five after a one-under-par 69 yesterday. The Northern Irishman will play alongside club pro Michael Block after the 46-year-old Californian fired his third successive round of 70 to remain at level par.
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Birdies for Lee and Reed at the first
Plenty of birdies on the first and Reed and Min Woo Lee are the latest to follow that trend. Reed knocks in from 11 feet while the Aussie chips in from off the green. Good start for the pair.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 18:26
Another one drops for Smith
There is no stopping the Open Champion today and he adds his fourth birdie at the sixth to move up to even par.
If he can negotiate the tough end to the front nine, there are holes to be targeted on the back nine. Set a low score at three or four under and you never know…
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 18:23
Rahm drops one at 10
The world number one was enjoying a fruitful start to his round with birdies at 1 and 2 but there has been nothing forthcoming since and he’s now back to five over par after he misses an 8 feet putt for par.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 18:09
Smith and Straka into the top ten
Smith +1 (4), Straka +1 (2)
Those chasing down Koepka later on have surely got to like what they are seeing from this course so far. Smith pours another in for three birdie in a row. Straka also makes birdie and the pair now sit in a tie for tenth.
Plenty of early movement up the leaderboard.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:59
History awaits Koepka
Koepka (-6), Hovland (-5) – 7:30pm BST
The final group of today sees four-time major champion Brooks Koepka head out with Viktor Hovland. Koepka shot the round of the day on Saturday – a four under 66 – and takes a one-shot lead into today’s action. He lead the Masters just a month ago but wilted on that occasion. He now has the chance to redeem himself and secure his name in the record books.
Hovland was also in contention at the Masters but couldn’t get over the line on that occasion. The Norwegian has often been near the top of the board in recent majors and has demonstrated his typical ball-striking excellence to sit just one off the lead. Like Koepka, he’ll be hoping that recent experiences will aid his quest to capture his first major title.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:53
Three in a row for Tarren
The Englishman endured a torrid day on the course yesterday as he shot a nine-over-par 79. He seems to have put that all behind him and is currently shooting the low round of the day after birdies at 13, 14 and 15.
Four under for the day and up to a tie for 23rd.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:44
Back-to-back birdies for Smith
Cam Smith makes his putt on the third looks easy and he’s now up into the top 20. Elsewhere, Reavie will have another look at birdie too after a good approach into the sixth while Rahm impressively saves par at the ninth after a glorious flop shot from the rough behind the green.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:38
Conners and DeChambeau right in the mix
Conners (-5), DeChambeau (-3) – 7:20pm BST
Conners was quietly going about building a really solid round of golf yesterday but one mistake from the 16th bunker and the resulting double bogey undid all the hard work for the Canadian. He still shot an even-par round but must now come from behind if he is to win his first major. He’s undoubtedly the least experienced player in contention but there’s no reason to think he can’t get it done based on how he’s navigated the course these past three days.
He’ll be playing alongside Bryson DeChambeau who contends for the first time since recovering from a set of serious wrist injuries. The big-hitting American already has a US Open to his name and is just three back from his fellow LIV Golf star Brooks Koepka.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:35
Chez Reavie chips in
I can’t say I’ve seen much of the American so far this week but with the bunched nature of this course, plenty of players can shoot up the leaderboard in these calmer fourth-round conditions. With the birdie, he moves to +2 and is three under already for his rounds.
Back on the second, Cam Smith makes birdie after a fine iron into the green and he moves to three over par.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:26
Rose and Scheffler still in with a shout
Rose (-2), Scheffler (-2) – 7:10pm BST
Heading out after McIlroy and Block are Justin Rose and Scottie Scheffler, both poised and looking to upset the odds at two under par.
Rose has struggled to find the fairway with great consistency this week but an awesome performance with the putter yesterday saw him shoot a one-under-par 69. He’s as experienced as they come to major championship final rounds but will need another fine putting display to usurp those ahead of him.
One person who definitely could do with Rose’s putting expertise is Scheffler who has struggled to make anything of note over these last three days. He was three over par yesterday after starting the third round in a tie for the lead but without a marked improvement on the greens, it’s hard to see the world number two challenging the leader.
Ben Fleming21 May 2023 17:23