FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka is turning a public golf course into his private playground in the PGA Championship. Staked to a seven-shot lead, Koepka never let anyone get closer than five shots Saturday as he powered his way to an ideal start and overcame a few sloppy mistakes for an even-par 70. For the first time this week, he didn't touch any scoring records. That wasn't the objective. Koepka kept his seven-shot lead going into a final round that feels more like a victory lap as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in stroke play at the PGA Championship. Asked if there was any doubt he would win, Koepka said flatly, "No." "I feel confident. I feel good. I feel excited," he said, and only the last part was hard to believe because Koepka doesn't show much excitement about anything. He picks a shot and hits it, and over three days at Bethpage Black, the ball is going exactly how he wants. No one has gone wire-to-wire in the PGA … [Read more...] about Koepka keeps 7-shot lead at PGA Championship
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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Where challengers to Brooks Koepka’s course-record 63 Thursday morning struggled to materialize that afternoon, they were in no short supply during Friday’s second round. But even though there were 44 rounds under par, up significantly from 16 on Thursday, only one player in the field managed to gain ground on the defending champion. Koepka made seven birdies for the second straight day and turned in a 5-under par 65. He heads into the third round of the 101st PGA Championship with a 7-shot lead at 12-under 128, the lowest 36-hole score in any major championship and he set a tournament record with a seven-shot lead. Even though he is halfway there, he isn’t looking to take his foot off the gas pedal. “I’d like to see that lead grow as large as it possibly can,” Koepka said. “I still have to go out there and do what I’m supposed to do, keep putting the ball in the right spot and make sure that you don’t make … [Read more...] about Brooks Koepka stretches lead at PGA Championship
One month after roaring back to the top of the golfing world by winning the Masters Championship, Tiger Woods came up short Friday, failing to make the cut for weekend play at the PGA Championship. Woods shot a 3-over par 73 in the second round at Bethpage Black on Friday in Farmingdale, New York. “It’s disappointing. I just didn’t quite have it,” Woods told reporters at a press conference after his second round. "Unfortunately I just didn't play well, didn't do all the little things I needed to do correctly to post good scores and put myself in position to shoot good scores." Woods shot 2-over in Thursday’s opening round, and he still had a chance to make the cut of 4-over par on the 18th hole on Friday. After blistering his tee shot and landing it on the fairway of the par-4, 411-yard hole, his second shot hit the green and rolled back into the rough. On the third shot, his putt came within a few feet of the cup, setting up a putt for par to … [Read more...] about Did Tiger Woods Make the Weekend Cut at PGA Championship 2019?
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth charged up the PGA Championship leaderboard on Friday to sit two shots back of overnight leader Brooks Koepka while Rory McIlroy used a late birdie run to put himself right on the projected cut line. May 17, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Jordan Spieth addresses the media during a press conference after the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Angie Walton-USA TODAY Sports Spieth, who would complete the career grand slam with a win this week, overcame some errant tee shots and looked like his old self on the greens as he putted with confidence en route to a four-under par 66 that left him at five under for the week. The three-times major champion, who arrived at Bethpage Black with just two top-25 finishes all year, began the second round on the back nine and made his sixth birdie of the day at his penultimate hole with a 39-foot putt. “I made a few good … [Read more...] about Spieth two back of leader Koepka at PGA Championship
ST. LOUIS — Not everyone is born for greatness, but it’s safe to say Sean McCarty was born to be great. The 45-year-old Coralville golf professional’s grassroots relationship with the game runs as deep as the roots of the rough on the Cedars Edge Golf Course in West Branch. He spent much of his childhood living in what served as the clubhouse of the former Greenview Golf Course, which his late parents, Mike and Mary, ran for a quarter-century. McCarty would walk 36 holes a day at age 6 and was entering regional tournaments a year later. He upped the dosage to 54 holes by the time he was 10 and was taking care of his parents’ course as the superintendent by age 15. His grown-up accolades are impressive — three high school state titles, a hall-of-fame career at the University of Iowa and a Big Ten Conference crown, eight Iowa PGA player of the year awards and four Iowa Open victories spanning three parts of decades — almost as impressive as his … [Read more...] about ‘The Natural:’ Former Hawkeye golfer Sean McCarty ready for brush with glory at PGA Championship