US PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka takes two-shot lead into final round

Last Updated August 12 2018, 00:12Golf
Brooks Koepka is out in front at Bellerive
Brooks Koepka is out in front at Bellerive

Brooks Koepka took control of the US PGA Championship after a third-round 66 and will take a two-shot lead into Sunday.

Leaders

-12 Brooks Koepka

-10 Adam Scott

-9 Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland

-8 Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Charl Schwartzel, Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Shane Lowry

Day three report

Brooks Koepka took control of the US PGA Championship after a third-round 66 and will take a two-shot lead into Sunday at 12-under-par.

The double US Open champion went out in 30 to at one stage open up a five-shot lead, only for bogeys at the 14th and 15th holes to give some encouragement to those in pursuit.

Adam Scott heads the chasing pack after a second 65 in succession, birdies at 16 and 17 putting the seal on a fine day, while at nine-under and three off the lead are a trio of major maidens in Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland.

Tiger Woods heads a big group on eight-under having added a third-round 66 to the second-round equivalent he'd completed earlier in the day, and alongside him are major champions Stewart Cink, Charl Schwartzel and Justin Thomas plus Ireland's Shane Lowry.

Woods was frustrated not to have closed in further on the leader, a three-putt par at the 17th hole proving particularly costly, but will nevertheless start the final round with yet another chance to win in what has been a season of opportunities, none of which have yet been taken.

To do so this time he'll have to hunt down a leader bidding for his third major victory in seven, one who looked in total control when making his fifth birdie of the round at the ninth hole to soar to the top of the leaderboard.

"I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine," Woods said.

"The greens were getting fuzzy and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough. And I made sure on 17 I did. I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one."

Koepka became more erratic turning for home and a poor bunker shot followed by a wayward drive which nestled behind a tree cost him two shots coming in, before he got one of them back with a birdie at the 17th but only after an eagle chance had gone begging.

A closing par saw him maintain daylight and he's Sky Bet's 11/10 favourite, with Scott 8/1 and Fowler 9/1.

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