Brooks Koepka holds a two-shot lead entering the final round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.
The two-time major champion jumped to a five-shot lead at one point Saturday, but a couple late bogeys allowed others to cut into his advantage.
Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title this June, missed over four months early this year with a wrist injury. He expects Sunday to be a thrilling day for players and fans.
“I’m just focused on me. I feel like, if I do what I’m supposed to, I should win the golf tournament,” Koepka said after his round. “Yeah, there’s a lot of star power, and it should be, it’s a major championship. You should see the best players in the world come to the top. And that’s what you have, and that’s what’s going to make this event very exciting to watch tomorrow.”
For the first time in his career, Koepka will sleep on sole possession of a 54-hole lead in a major. He holds a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, but 13 players, including seven major champions, are within five shots of him on the leaderboard.
“I felt like last week (at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) I played probably the best golf I played in a really long time, better than both U.S. Opens, just didn’t putt very well,” Koepka said. “And then coming into this week, you build on that confidence, and I feel like I’m extremely confident. I like the way I’m hitting the ball, I’m putting much better, and my short game’s on point this week. So when all those add up, I could see why I played so well.”
Through three rounds, Koeoka is in the top 10 in strokes gained putting and scrambling. Adding that to his long drives has made him tough to beat this week.
“You got to be able to scramble,” he said. “Any time you get in trouble, with this golf course, if you don’t put the ball in the fairway, you’re going to be struggling to make par. If you’re going to miss these greens, you got to be able to get them up-and-down off this Zoysia.
“It’s quite easy to chip off of because the ball sits up a little bit, but if you’re in this rough, you’re not guaranteed a good lie. We have had some bad ones, and you just got to get on with it and try to make the best of it. But you got to make those 5, 6-footers sometimes. That definitely helps the chipping stats.”
Koepka knows he has to play well Sunday and make some birdies with so many established golfers breathing down his neck.
“With so many big names, you would expect two or three of them to really make a run, make a push to get off to a good start and challenge me, I guess,” Koepka said. “Everybody out here is so good, and you look at this leaderboard and it’s just, they are names that I’ve grown up watching that everybody else loves to watch play, and it should be an exciting day tomorrow.”