Brooks Koepka woke up on Sunday morning with a dominant advantage in the PGA Championship, an event he won last year, and it seemed that only an epic collapse, Greg Normanesque or an almost impossible career of another golfer could prevent him from winning. better for the fourth. hour.
However, with the wind in the Black Course of Bethpage State Park on Long Island with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour, just when Koepka and golfers chased him in the early morning. Koepka opened precisely what he would not have preferred: with a spectrum on the first hole. His playmate, Harold Varner III, found the street and managed a little bird that cut off Koepka's leadership. And thus, the advantage of Koepka's seven strokes when entering the game was reduced to five, with Varner only in second place.
From the beginning, a fanatic tried to shake Koepka, murmur"Little wind, Brooksie."
On the eve of the final round, Koepka was not in doubt about whether he could win.
"No," came the two-letter response after his performance on Saturday in par-70, while Koepka continued to show the kind of unconditional trust Tiger Woods showed in his heyday.
How is this for the historical domain? With a victory, he would become the first golfer to simultaneously have consecutive titles in two major (the US Open is the other, which he won in 2017 and 2018). His seven-stroke advantage was the biggest for any player in a major career since Rory McIlroy led the 2011 US Open with eight.
So it's hard to blame him for having a serene sense of destiny. No leader after 54 holes has lost an advantage of seven or more strokes in the final round. "He's doing what he said he would do," Xander Schauffle told reporters. "He spoke s — in the media room and has backed up every word."
Could something derail Koepka? It's certainly not a trophy curse, judging by his girlfriend's Instagram account, actress / model Jena Sims.
Mickelson's thumbs are fine. Really.
Phil Mickelson ended up way behind the pack at 12 o'clock, but he had fun thanking all the Phil fans. In fact, he had so much fun that he joked on Saturday about "thumb activation" in a funny post on social media and talked about it again on Sunday, saying that he had broken the one-day record in Bethpage with his gestures to the fanatics "If the putts go down, the thumbs are going up," he said. There was no such luck on Sunday.
"My game had problems because of that," he told TNT.
"I'm just kidding," he told TNT. "That's not why I fought."
Here is how to look (all the times of the east)
Online: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on PGA.com
TV: 11am. at 2 p.m. in TNT; 2-7 on CBS, CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App
7:35 a.m. – David Lipsky, Rich Beem
7:45 a.m. – Max Homa, Joos Luiten
7:55 a.m. – Corey Conners, Marty Jertson
8:05 a.m. – Kevin Tway, Kurt Kitayama
8:15 a.m. – Ross Fisher, Andrew Putnam
8:25 a.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Beau Hossler
8:35 a.m. – Pat Pérez, Rob Labritz
8:45 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Henrik Stenson
8:55 a.m. – Justin Harding, Cameron Smith
9:05 a.m. – Matt Fitzpatrick, Lucas Herbert
9:15 a.m. – Paul Casey, Phil Mickelson
9:25 a.m. – Cameron Champ, Alex Noren
9:35 a.m. – Graeme McDowell, Ryan Vermeer
9:45 a.m. – J.T. Poston, Thomas Pieters
9:55 a.m. – Kelly Kraft, Daniel Berger
10:05 a.m. – Brandt Snedeker, Mike Lorenzo-Vera
10:15 a.m. – Thorbjorn Olesen, Jason Kokrak
10:35 a.m. – Bronson Burgoon, J.J. Spaun
10:45 a.m. – Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley
10:55 a.m. – Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson
11:05 a.m. – Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson
11:15 a.m. – Emiliano Grillo, Joel Dahmen
11:25 a.m. – Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III
11:35 a.m. – Aaron Wise, Tyrell Hatton
11:45 a.m. – Haotong Li, Adam Hadwin
11:55 a.m. – Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau
12:05 p.m. – Abraham Ancer, Jason Day
12:15 p.m. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Adam Long
12:25 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry
12:35 p.m. – Jimmy Walker, Scott Piercy
12:45 p.m. – Justin Rose, Sam Burns
12:55 p.m. – Chez Reavie, Tommy Fleetwood
1:05 p.m. – Lucas Glover, Lucas Bjerregaard
1:25 p.m. – Danny Lee, Danny Willett
1:35 p.m. – Sung Kang, Rickie Fowler
1:45 p.m. – Jordan Spieth, Erik van Rooyen
1:55 p.m. – Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott
2:05 p.m. – Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele
2:15 p.m. – Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
2:25 p.m. – Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List
2:35 p.m. – Brooks Koepka, Harold Varner III
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