Brawny DeChambeau shows silky skills with 95-foot putt at PGA Championship

Lawrence Kim
August 9, 2020

"That's the key - just to play golf and try to get the win".

Koepka, a big game hunter who saves his best golf for the sport's biggest stages, is two shots back of leader Dustin Johnson heading into Sunday's finale and did not appear too anxious about the other, less-experienced players bunched atop the leaderboard. "I've got to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens". Heartbreak in the sand at Whistling Straits just months later at the PGA.

"I thought I played a lot better than the score reflected", Koepka said.

"With the wind, an average shot actually becomes a good one".

The Englishman has quietly hung around with scores of 68-67-68 to give himself a shot at his first major championship.

He recovered from a mid-round wobble that saw him bogey three holes in a row from the 13th to birdie two of his last three and ride some real momentum into the final round.

"A lot of the guys on the leaderboard, I don't think have won".

If the 30-year-old American can capture the Wanamaker Trophy once again, he'll be the first player to do it three straight times since the 102-year-old tournament switched to stroke play in the 1950s.

Confident as ever, Koepka stole a glance at the leading contenders and quickly measured what he has that they don't, specifically four majors. "I guess DJ's only won one, but I don't know the other guys that are up there", Koepka told CBS Sports' Amanda Balionis after the round. When I've been in this position before, I've capitalized. It's going to feel completely different than any one we've ever played. "They understand how to win major championships, how to win the big events, how to plod their way along, how hard it is to win these big events". He's never finished better than 15th in a major, and this is his best opportunity, just three behind Johnson. But his numerous birdies for the tournament (17) have been somewhat offset by too many bogeys (11).

Nobody is more due than Finau, who keeps knocking at the door, whether it be regular events or major championships. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn't show.

It's tough to argue with the sixth-ranked golfer in the world, as his results in major championships have been incredible since breaking through with his first victory at the 2017 U.S. Open. He'll need another one like that to have a chance. Still, he has a chance to nab his second PGA Championship.

By the time the bogey string was over, he was 1 over for the day, four shots out of the lead and in comeback mode.

Haotong Li is the first Chinese player to lead at the halfway point of a male major championship, holding a two-shot lead over half a dozen chasers after 36 holes of the USPGA Championship at Harding Park.

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