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Brooks Koepka has done it again. Despite the rain, he’s found himself as the solo leader through 54-holes for a second consecutive major. After posting the low round of the day (66) for a second round in a row, he sits atop the PGA Championship leaderboard at 6-under, one stroke ahead of Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners.
PGA Championship Leaderboard
|1||Brooks Koepka||-6 (F)|
|T-2||Viktor Hovland||-5 (F)|
|T-2||Corey Conners||-5 (F)|
|4||Bryson DeChambeau||-3 (F)|
|T-5||Justin Rose||-2 (F)|
|T-5||Scottie Scheffler||-2 (F)|
|7||Rory McIlroy||-1 (F)|
|T-8||Justin Suh||E (F)|
|T-8||Michael Block||E (F)|
Key Moments of the Day
The following section will showcase the highlights and memorable moments from round three.
Koepka takes the 54-hole lead
The four-time major champion has an opportunity to add a fifth trophy to his collection and a third title at the PGA Championship in five years (won in 2018 and 2019).
Should Koepka hold on for the victory, he’ll join Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead with three Wanamaker Trophies and trail just Jack Nicklaus (5), Walter Hagen (5) and Tiger Woods (4) for the most PGA Championship triumphs.
Adding a fifth major would put him on an elite list with Seve Ballesteros, Byron Nelson, James Braid, John Henry Taylor and Peter Thomson. Only 14 players in history have won more than five majors.
Players to hold the outright 54-hole lead in the first 2 men's majors of the season – last 40 years
1986 Greg Norman, T-12 at U.S. Open
2011 Rory McIlroy, Won U.S. Open
2023 Brooks Koepka, Leads PGA
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) May 20, 2023
The former Florida State Seminole carded a 1-under on the front nine before finishing the back with three birdies and no bogeys. He leads the field in strokes gained (5.042) and is second in strokes gained tee-to-green (3.991).
— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) May 20, 2023
After leading at the Masters through three rounds before struggling on Sunday and allowing Jon Rahm to overtake him, Koepka has a shot at redemption. The 33-year-old said he was too conservative and played “not to lose”. Sunday will showcase if he’s able to shift his mindset this time around.
Hovland and Conners lurk just one stroke behind
With three holes to play on Saturday afternoon, Conners found himself at 7-under, two strokes ahead of his competitors after birdieing the par 3, 15th. Trouble ensued on the 16th after the 31-year-old plugged his ball into the edge of the fairway bunker while trying to hit out of it, which led to a double bogey.
It appeared as if Hovland would also hold a share of first place heading into the final round but a bogey on 18 allowed Koepka to stand one clear. Hovland shot an even par round of 70 while Conners finished with a 2-under 70.
The Norwegian is first in strokes gained tee-to-green (4.592) and tied for second for greens in regulation (74.07%). Both players are searching for their first major win, and Conners is trying to become the second Canadian to win a major.
Michael Block continues his dream run
Golf fans are used to Tiger roars being heard from across the course. At Oak Hill, the loudest cheers have been for Block, who already has the media announcers saying “block party” every time he’s shown.
The 46-year-old booked a flight for Saturday morning before the tournament expecting he’d miss the cut. He’s put together three rounds of even par 70 and sits in a tie for eighth with Justin Suh, six strokes off first place.
Club pro Michael Block is currently ahead of everyone in the top 10 world rankings except Scottie Scheffler (2nd) and Rory McIlroy (third). pic.twitter.com/dHySu4dz42
— Lawrence Smelser (@LawrenceSmelser) May 21, 2023
The club professional out of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California has recorded the second most birdies (13) at the tournament, behind Justin Rose (14).
Bob Boyd was the last club professional to finish inside the top ten after 54 holes of a PGA Championship in 1990 at Shoal Creek. The highest finish for a club pro at the event is T-11 (H/T Joel Beall).
Michael Block will be paired with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the PGA Championship tomorrow.
His reaction to finding out will make you smile 😊 pic.twitter.com/hjs6G8Nopj
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 21, 2023
PGA Championship odds after day 3
- Brooks Koepka: 5/4
- Viktor Hovland: 3/1
- Corey Conners: 5/1
- Scottie Scheffler: 8/1
- Bryson DeChambeau: 12/1
- Rory McIlroy: 20/1
- Justin Rose: 25/1
- Justin Suh: 200/1
- Shane Lowry: 200/1
- Tommy Fleetwood: 200/1
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