Brooks Koepka shoots a ho hum even-par 70 on Saturday to retain massive seven-shot lead
Brooks Koepka didn't bludgeon Bethpage Black on Saturday at the PGA Championship, and he didn't need to. While he gave the field ample opportunity to close the seven-shot gap, no one could, as Koepka carded a ho hum even-par 70 to keep his massive lead heading into Sunday. It ain't over yet, it just feels like it is.
Koepka looked as though he'd destroy the place again early in his round, making two birdies on his first five holes to reach 14 under. His first blemish of the day didn't come until the par-4 ninth, where he lipped out a two foot putt for par, appearing to be human if only for a brief moment.
Shockingly, he made a second straight bogey at the 10th, something he had not done all week. But it didn't seem to matter, because up ahead his good buddy Dustin Johnson was struggling on the difficult stretch of holes 10 through 12. A three-under 32 on the front nine for Johnson saw him gain ground, but back-to-back bogeys at 10 and 11, as well as bogeys at 14 and 18, ultimately spoiled a six-birdie day from DJ. He still managed to shoot a one-under 69, but he's among the group at five under trailing by seven.
Koepka avoided any disastrous holes on the way in, only making one more bogey at the par-4 16th. After the round, he told CBS's Amanda Balionis there were no plans to do any post-round work, unlike yesterday when he went straight to the range following a five-under 65.
"Just going to get done with the media and go home. Felt like I hit it well today, just left some putts short," he said.
Joining Johnson at five under are Harold Varner III (67), Jazz Janewattananond (67), and Luke List (69). Jordan Spieth, who played in the final pairing with Koepka, struggled mightily on Saturday, posting a two-over 72.