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Friday, 17 May 2019

Koepka continues record-breaking run


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Brooks Koepka has done what no other player in the 159 year history of major championship golf has done, with another scintillating round at the US PGA in New York.

Koepka shot a second round 65 to move to 12 under, his 36-hole total of 128 the lowest since major championship golf began in 1860. The previous record of 130 was held by five players.

His rounds of 63-65 leave him with a massive seven shot lead over the field, with major champions Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott the best of the rest at five under.

Scott roared up the leaderboard with a second round 64, but flirted with 63 or even 62. A sloppy bogey at the 17th, when he missed a two foot putt for par, followed by a wayward tee shot at 18 that forced him to scramble for par, putt paid to any chance of equalling the record low score at a major.

Scott’s putter was red-hot early on, making long range birdies at each of the first three holes.

“I holed a lot of putts early on and it set me up for a really good round,” Scott said.

“Any time you shoot 64 in a major you have to be very happy, I had a great day.”

But Scott faces a big challenge to add to his 2013 US Masters title, with Koepka seemingly in a class of his own.

Brooks Koepka set a major championship record at the US PGA.

The 29-year-old has won three majors in the last two years, and appears to have found a way to handle the stress that comes with competing at the game’s biggest events.

“This probably sounds bad, but today was a battle,” Koepka admitted. “I didn’t strike it that good. I was leaking a few to the right. But the way I hung in there today and battled it, I think that was probably more impressive than yesterday — not having your A game but still being able to shoot a great score.”

With a massive lead you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’d back against Koepka winning his fourth major, but Scott remains hopeful of catching the American.

“If the guy can just keep doing that for another two days, then there’s not much you can do,” Scott said.

“But I think someone, hopefully me, will chip away tomorrow…Yeah, I know he’s won three majors. I know he seems impenetrable at the moment in this position, but at some point he’s got to think about it.”

Tiger Woods also made history this morning, but not the kind that he’d be happy with. For the first time in his career he missed the cut at a major after winning his previous start.

Woods shot rounds of 72-73 to finish at five over, one shot outside the halfway cut. Four bogeys in five holes on the back nine left Woods in trouble, and pars at 15-16-17-18 meant he was packing his bags early.

“Just didn't quite have it. (But) I'm the Masters champion and 43 years old and that's a pretty good accomplishment,” Woods said.

“There's no reason why I can't get up to speed again and crank it back up. I've got to start feeling a little bit better first before that happens. We'll do that first and then start cranking it back up again.

“I just wasn't moving the way I needed to. That's the way it goes. There's going to be days and weeks where it's just not going to work, and today was one of those days.”

The US Masters champion isn’t the only big name going home, with Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed also missing the cut.

Apart from Scott, the other Aussies are seemingly out of contention, with Jason Day (+3), Cameron Smith (+3) and Lucas Herbert (+4) making the cut, while Marc Leishman (+8), Brendon Jones (+15), Stuart Deane (+18) and Craig Hocknull (+19) all have the weekend off.

Brooks Koepka has done what no other player in the 159 year history of major championship golf has done, with another scintillating round at the US PGA in New York.

Koepka shot a second round 65 to move to 12 under, his 36-hole total of 128 the lowest since major championship golf began in 1860. The previous record of 130 was held by five players.

His rounds of 63-65 leave him with a massive seven shot lead over the field, with major champions Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott the best of the rest at five under.

Scott roared up the leaderboard with a second round 64, but flirted with 63 or even 62. A sloppy bogey at the 17th, when he missed a two foot putt for par, followed by a wayward tee shot at 18 that forced him to scramble for par, putt paid to any chance of equalling the record low score at a major.

Scott’s putter was red-hot early on, making long range birdies at each of the first three holes.

“I holed a lot of putts early on and it set me up for a really good round,” Scott said.

“Any time you shoot 64 in a major you have to be very happy, I had a great day.”

But Scott faces a big challenge to add to his 2013 US Masters title, with Koepka seemingly in a class of his own.

Brooks Koepka set a major championship record at the US PGA.

The 29-year-old has won three majors in the last two years, and appears to have found a way to handle the stress that comes with competing at the game’s biggest events.

“This probably sounds bad, but today was a battle,” Koepka admitted. “I didn’t strike it that good. I was leaking a few to the right. But the way I hung in there today and battled it, I think that was probably more impressive than yesterday — not having your A game but still being able to shoot a great score.”

With a massive lead you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’d back against Koepka winning his fourth major, but Scott remains hopeful of catching the American.

“If the guy can just keep doing that for another two days, then there’s not much you can do,” Scott said.

“But I think someone, hopefully me, will chip away tomorrow…Yeah, I know he’s won three majors. I know he seems impenetrable at the moment in this position, but at some point he’s got to think about it.”

Tiger Woods also made history this morning, but not the kind that he’d be happy with. For the first time in his career he missed the cut at a major after winning his previous start.

Woods shot rounds of 72-73 to finish at five over, one shot outside the halfway cut. Four bogeys in five holes on the back nine left Woods in trouble, and pars at 15-16-17-18 meant he was packing his bags early.

“Just didn't quite have it. (But) I'm the Masters champion and 43 years old and that's a pretty good accomplishment,” Woods said.

“There's no reason why I can't get up to speed again and crank it back up. I've got to start feeling a little bit better first before that happens. We'll do that first and then start cranking it back up again.

“I just wasn't moving the way I needed to. That's the way it goes. There's going to be days and weeks where it's just not going to work, and today was one of those days.”

The US Masters champion isn’t the only big name going home, with Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed also missing the cut.

Apart from Scott, the other Aussies are seemingly out of contention, with Jason Day (+3), Cameron Smith (+3) and Lucas Herbert (+4) making the cut, while Marc Leishman (+8), Brendon Jones (+15), Stuart Deane (+18) and Craig Hocknull (+19) all have the weekend off.

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