LIV’s ‘Major Hunter’ Koepka jumps to the top of the PGA Championship 3R… Chase Hoblan etc.
‘Major hunter’ Brooks Koepka (USA), who plays in the LIV golf league sponsored by Saudi Arabia, took the lead in the third round of the PGA Championship, a major tournament.
In the 3rd round of the PGA Championship held on the 21st (Korean time) at Oak Hill Country Club (par 70, 7,380 yards) in Rochester, New York, USA, Koepka caught 5 birdies, blocked one bogey, and hit 4 under par 66.
Koepka, who wrote an interim total of 6 under par 204, rose to the sole lead from a tie for 6th the previous day.
Koepka showed a strong side by winning the US Open in 2017 and 2018, the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, and winning four career victories in major competitions alone.
Koepka, who won 8 wins on the PGA Tour, including this, moved to LIV Golf, which was launched last year, and reached the top in the 7th competition in October last year and the 3rd competition in the 2023 season in April this year.
After leading the first to third rounds at the Masters last month, he was pushed back by Yon Ram (Spain) on the last day and had to be content with a tie for second place, but he had another opportunity to win in a major tournament that was held again in about a month.
Since the launch of the LIV League, while the PGA Tour and the confrontational angle have been revealed, no LIV player has yet won a championship during three major tournaments, including the last Masters.
If Koepka wins, there could be a symbolic scene where LIV lifts the Wanamaker Trophy of the PGA Championship, a famous golf major championship trophy, along with the claret jug awarded to the Open champion.
On this day, Koepka, who had a good start with consecutive birdies on holes 4 and 5, saw a bogey on hole 7 (par 4) and reduced one stroke in the first half.
Koepka, who did not lose momentum in the second half with consecutive birdies on holes 12 and 13, dropped a birdie putt over 14m on hole 17 (par 4).
Victor Hovlan (Norway) and Cory Connors (Canada), who were co-leaders the day before, failed to reduce the number of strokes and faced the final round with a tie for second place (5 under par, 205 strokes) by one stroke.
Hoblan, who will play as a champion group with Kepka, has three wins on the PGA Tour, but has yet to win a major tournament, and Connors, who won two wins on the PGA Tour, is also aiming for his first major trophy.
In fourth place (3 under par, 207 strokes), Bryson DeChambeau (USA) of LIV was named.
World No. 2 Scotty Scheffler (USA), who was one of the co-leaders in the second round, lost 3 strokes and was tied for 5th place (2 under par, 208 strokes) with Justin Rose (England).
Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), ranked third in the world, reduced one stroke in the third round and rose three notches to seventh place (1 under par, 209 strokes).
Michael Bullock (USA), who qualified as a club pro, not a tour player, could not reduce the number of strokes, but continued to make a sensation by leaping from a tie for 10th place the previous day to 8th place (even par 210).
Justin Seo (USA) also tied for 8th place, and Lee Min-woo (Australia) finished the third round with Tommy Fleetwood (England) tied for 10th place (1 over par 211 strokes).
Patrick Cantley (USA) and Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) tied for 20th (3 over par 213 strokes), and Cameron Smith (Australia), who plays in the LIV League, tied for 27th (4 over par 214 strokes).
Dustin Johnson tied for 33rd with Colin Morikawa and Zander Chopley (above USA) (5 over par 215 strokes).카지노사이트
World No. 1 John Lam (Spain) lost two strokes and stayed tied for 42nd place (6 over par 216 strokes) with Jordan Spieth (USA) and Adam Scott (Australia).
Lee Gyeong-hoon, the only Korean player to pass the cut, made 3 birdies, but threw 8 bogeys and lost 5 strokes, slipping to 42nd place.
Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson (above, USA), the leader of LIV, fell 8 places in a tie for 67th (10 over par 220 strokes).