Finau couldn’t make his two-putt par at 12, by the way. It led to his first bogey of the day. However he bounces again brilliantly, curling in a right-to-left 30-footer on 13 to return to -9 instantly! One other important one, proper there, as time, holes and house for error begin operating out. The stress is palpable, occasions coming to the boil. Think about the temperature if Harding Park was full of punters!
Casey’s second into 12 flies into the tough on the again. He chips again a little bit clumsily, six ft previous. A difficult one coming again. However he nails it. That was so important. He stays in a tie for the lead at -10.
A slip-up by DJ on 10, as he sends his second into the bunker on the left. He’s shortsided, and may’t get shut together with his third. An enormous birdie likelihood slips by, and that’s successfully a shot handed over to the sector. His companion Scheffler makes no such mistake, and his birdie brings him right into a four-way tie for the lead. In the meantime a pleasant up-and-down from sand at 13 for Day. He stays at -9, the place he’s joined by Wolff, who leaves his eagle effort brief on 16 however makes no mistake with the ensuing four-footer.
-10: Casey (11), Morikawa (11), D Johnson (10), Scheffler (10)
-9: Wolff (16), Day (13), Champ (11)
Kim Si-woo, the youngest-ever winner of the unofficial fifth main, the Gamers Championship, is developing quietly on the rail. Birdies at 2, 7, 10 and now 15, and he’s -8. A powerful end – like Ryan Palmer’s earlier eagle, birdie, birdie, for instance – and he might publish one thing to present the remainder of the sector pause. See additionally Matthew Wolff, who has simply battered his tee shot on the brief par-four 16th to the perimeter. Exterior likelihood of eagle.
Jason Day did extraordinarily nicely to avoid wasting his par at 12, getting up and down from a greenside bunker. Tony Finau, coming behind, seems wager to avoid wasting himself too, having pushed into the timber however manufacturing a low fizzer and discovering the dancefloor. Two lengthy putts, however that’s a fairly distinctive consequence from the place he was. In the meantime, Collin Morikawa joins the leaders with a kind of must-make-really birdies at 10. His companion Cameron Champ regroups after that double with a bounceback birdie. He’s again to -9.
-10: Casey (11), Morikawa (10), D Johnson (9)
-9: Day (12), Finau (11), Champ (10), Scheffler (9)
Paul Casey grabs himself a share of the lead! He birdies the 10th after a crisp method to 10 ft, and his first main championship in his 64th try is a really actual chance now. He seems regular and calm, one thing he’s not at all times been on the enterprise finish of the majors. God velocity. Are we about to see the primary English winner of the PGA since Jim Barnes in 1919?! In the meantime pars for Scheffler and Dustin at 9, and the ultimate group hits the flip, ringing the bell for the beginning of the 2020 PGA Championship: it’s the final 9 holes on main Sunday!
-10: Casey (10), D Johnson (9)
-9: Day (12), Finau (11), Morikawa (9), Scheffler (9)
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Champ’s chip is tame and he leaves himself ten ft brief. He can’t save himself with the flat stick this time, the ball shoved proper, and it’s a painful double. He’s again the place he began: -8.
-10: D Johnson (8)
-9: Day (11), Finau (10), Casey (9), Morikawa (9), Scheffler (8)
-8: Li (15), Wolff (14), Rose (11), DeChambeau (10), Champ (9)
Finau doesn’t make the error of his companion DeChambeau, and makes a beautiful boring birdie at 10. No fuss, no sweat, he’s going alongside very properly at -9. In the meantime on 14, Wolff, having missed two hige birdie possibilities on 12 and 13, overhits a brief birdie putt. It horseshoes out, and he slips again to -8. What a sickening sequence for the younger man.
Again-to-back birdies for Jason Day, as he all of a sudden emerges into the sunshine! He drains an extended putt throughout 11, and all of a sudden he’s solely a shot off at -9! In the meantime extra careless work across the inexperienced by DeChambeau, and it’s solely a par on the par-five 10th.
Champ is snookered behind a tree and is pressured to chip out sideways. That’s horrible luck, although it was a godawful drive too. A bogey most probably now. Can he rise up and down from 175? He shakes his head as he pushes his method proper, the ball taking a giant kick additional offline and into thick stuff. In the meantime again on 8, an amazing up and down from sand for Scheffler, who’s mooching alongside quietly after his opening birdie. He stays at -9. And his companion DJ will get up and down from thick grass on the entrance, and he stays at -10. Until Champ chips in, he’ll be the only chief quickly.
So having stated that, Champ sends a giant slice in the direction of the timber down the correct of the extraordinarily troublesome ninth. God velocity. Birdies for Jason Day on 10, and Li Haotong at 14; they’re each -Eight and this is a wonderful efficiency from Li specifically, in any case he’s been by way of this week.
Champ trundles in his par saver! What nerves of metal! That was heading into the centre of the cup from the very second it left the face of his flat stick. He stays at -10 and proper now has the decided look of the person to beat. The 25-year-old Californian already has two wins to his title in his brief PGA Tour profession … and he’s been the longest hitter this week. A telling stat, as a result of the longest hitter has gained seven of the final 30 PGA Championships. What a narrative this may be.
Champ takes an eyeful of sand as he whacks out of the bunker at 8. It’s an honest lengthy bunker shot, however not an distinctive one, and he’ll have to sink a 20-footer to avoid wasting his par. In the meantime up on 13, Wolff wastes one other nice birdie likelihood, knocking his method to 5 ft however shoving it broad left with nice uncertainty. He needs to be main after back-to-back birdies; as it’s, he’s nonetheless one behind Champ and Johnson at -9.
DeChambeau has left himself an 11 foot Three inch putt from the perimeter at 9. He hits it 11 ft and a pair of inches. He faucets in with a frown. Unexpectedly, he’s taken a screeching u-turn and is heading backwards within the grand vogue. Like his companion Finau, he’s delivering 33 at -8, however you understand full nicely who’s the happier bunny proper now. DeChambeau trudges off with palms in pockets, a research in dejection.
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Tony Finau has been quiet since that birdie-birdie opening salvo. However he’ll be completely satisfied sufficient with the seven pars that comply with. He hits the flip in 33, and at -Eight continues to be proper within the combine, with out breaking an excessive amount of sweat and utilizing up all that treasured emotional power. He may want it later. What am I saying? In fact he’ll want it later. Enterprise finish of a serious championship coming proper up!
Champ slam-dunks his tee shot at Eight into the bunker guarding the entrance proper of the inexperienced. One membership brief. That’ll be an extended, lengthy sand shot. Additionally in hassle, DeChambeau up on 9, who fires an extended birdie putt previous the outlet and onto the perimeter behind. He has the nice grace to look embarrassed at pushing aside the inexperienced.
Some information of Tommy Fleetwood, and it isn’t good. His weekend struggles proceed, after yesterday’s ground-out 70. Birdies at 5 and seven, however a double at 6, the results of a woefully wayward drive, and one other bogey at 9 means he’s delivering 36. At -5, he’s too far again with too many gamers up forward. That 64 on Friday trying like an outlier now. However right here’s some higher information for English followers, as Paul Casey retains on protecting on. Par at Eight and he stays at -9.
A stunning second into Wolff to 6 ft. However there’s a bit an excessive amount of juice behind the birdie putt, and an opportunity to birdie a really troublesome gap is gone. He stays one off at -9.
DeChambeau does fairly nicely to clear his head and, from the perimeter, lag a putt as much as kick-in distance. He limits the injury to bogey, however drops out of the lead.
-10: Champ (6), D Johnson (6)
-9: Wolff (11), DeChambeau (8), Casey (7), Morikawa (6), Scheffler (5)
-8: Finau (8)
DeChambeau fluffs his chip from the aspect of 8. Deceleration to the max! The primary signal of nerves proven by any of the main contenders right this moment. Until you rely Koepka, which I’m afraid we not are. He three-putts on 7, his second bogey of the day, and the three-peat dream is over. He’s -5, and even when he places a run collectively, there are certainly too many gamers forward of him – 15 to be exact – for not less than one to not head him off on the go.
Bryson’s tee shot at Eight isn’t all that, yanked into the cabbage to the left of the inexperienced. There’s sufficient inexperienced for an up and down, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a job of labor. In the meantime on 6, Champ snatches a share of the lead by sending a 56-foot downhill tramliner into the cup! That putt statistically had a two % likelihood of dropping. He joins DeChambeau and Johnson on -10. That is gloriously daft!
A uncommon outdated birdie for DeChambeau at 7. Having pushed into the greenside bunker, he seems to have hit his sand shot a wee bit too clear. However simply because it appears to be bounding by way of the inexperienced and off the opposite aspect, the ball places the brakes on. Screech! In goes a 15-footer coming again, and it’s his fourth birdie of the day. DeChambeau’s greatest end in a serious got here in his first as knowledgeable, a tie for 15th on the 2016 US Open. He’s now joint chief of this one at -10.
Koepka is gone. He hoicks his drive at 7 into thick filth down the left of seven. He doesn’t take a look at the races right this moment; shades of the best way he stumbled out of the traps at Portrush final summer time. Bother for Morikawa at 6; he flays his drive between timber down the left, and may solely squirt out into thick tough front-right of the inexperienced. That’ll be a testing up and down.
Schauffele shortsides himself on the 10th. He can’t rise up and down from sand, and it’s only a par at a gap that’s been shedding birdies all week. He stays at -7, and the sensation of an enormous missed alternative is enhanced when his companion Matthew Wolff races in a 20-foot eagle effort to zip as much as -9. That adopted three birdies in a row; he’s picked up 5 photographs in double-quick time. Good luck calling the winner of this!
Patrick Reed is having day. Birdies at 4, 5, 10 and now 14 deliver him as much as -7. In the meantime up on the 18th, the world primary Justin Thomas indicators for a level-par 70; the 2017 champ ends the week at -1.
Li Haotong has turned issues spherical properly. He appeared a overwhelmed docket after final evening’s unhealthy luck was compounded by bogey at 2 right this moment. However he’s birdied 5, 7 and now 10, and he’s within the group at -7. Marvellous to see; he was so unlucky to lose a ball up a tree yesterday night.
It’s simply not occurring for the reigning champ Brooks Koepka. A straight birdie putt on 6 is left meekly brief. A par, however he’s stalled at -6, at the moment 4 off the lead and three behind the large pack in second. Too many gamers in his method? Appears daft to say, however the massive man is operating out of time.
Bounceback birdie for Dustin on the par-five 4th! It’s a gap he’d have been anticipating to birdie, however not like this, curling a tough 12-footer from the perimeter. However that steadies the ship after his dismal three-putt on 4, and he hits the lead once more!
-10: D Johnson (4)
-9: DeChambeau (6), Casey (6), Morikawa (4), Champ (4), Scheffler (4)
-8: Finau (6)
-7: Li (10), Schauffele (9), Wolff (9), Berger (7), Day (6), Rose (6)
Due to Tom. Nothing a lot has modified since I took that fast break, proper? Ah. Proper, let’s see the place we’re … bloody hell!
-9: DeChambeau (5), Casey (5), Morikawa (4), Champ (4), Scheffler (4), D Johnson (3)
-8: Finau (5)
-7: Schauffele (9), Wolff (9), Berger (7), Day (6), Rose (6)
There are actually 16 gamers inside three photographs of the lead, though it’ll in all probability be 43 by the point I end this sentence (Casey has simply joined the leaders at -9).
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Champ will get out of the bunker properly and birdies the fourth to take his place in a four-way tie for the lead at -9. And Morikawa joins him! He’s now at -9! I don’t suppose we’re going to get a runaway winner right this moment…
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Scheffler and Johnson don’t get too near the outlet with their tee photographs on the par-three third, however neither of them are in hassle. DJ’s first putt is nicely in need of the outlet although, and he’ll be left with a tough third shot, which he … misses! He’s again at -9. Scheffler is way nearer after his second and is left in tap-in territory. It’s now DJ, Scheffler and DeChambeau tied for the lead at 9 underneath.
Elsewhere, Casey is now -Eight after a birdie on the fourth, he’s began his day very nicely certainly.
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DJ chips to inside six ft of the flag on the second – it’s a tough putt with a slight slope right down to his left however he handles it nicely for par. Scheffler additionally takes a par on the identical gap. Elsewhere, Morikawa’s first birdie of the day on the third means he’s now -8.
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Let’s see how DJ goes as he takes his second shot from the bunker on the second – it’s lie although and he’s out simply sufficient. DeChambeau’s promising early cost continues – he’s inches in need of an eagle on the fourth however faucets in for a birdie and he’s now 9 underneath and only a shot off the lead. Fleetwood’s birdie on the fifth takes him to -7.
Dustin Johnson’s tee shot finds a bunker on the left on the second however Scheffler’s drive is straight and true. Champ’s birdie putt trickles simply broad on the second.
DJ cleans up for his birdie, whereas his companion Scottie Scheffler, making his PGA debut this week, matches the rating. This leaderboard goes to vary by the minute this afternoon, so
bear with us. Right here’s how they stand:
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-10: D Johnson (1)
-9: Scheffler (1)
-8: Finau (3), DeChambeau (3), Champ (1)
-7: Schauffele (6), Day (3), Berger (4), Casey (2), Morikawa (1)
And with that, I’ll hand you over to Tom Lutz. See you once more quickly!
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DJ is out and about. He crashes his drive down the center, and chips calmly from 50 yards to 6 ft. Koepka in the meantime can’t make his 15-foot par putt at 2, and the reigning champ goes backwards. He’s -6, and passes Xander Schauffele, who heads the opposite method upon registering back-to-back birdies at 5 and 6. He’s -7.
DeChambeau lags up from 40 ft at 3. Par. Finau’s effort, from half the gap, wants simply the yet one more flip to drop for the right begin. However he’ll be pleased with par too. Each stay at -8. However there’s hassle for Koepka at 2, as he hits overhanging branches down the left and comes up brief. Left in thick cabbage, he can’t flop shut. Bother right here. In the meantime again on 1, Morikawa splashes out from the sand too energetically and his ball trundles well beyond the flag. However he rattles in a 25-footer to scramble his par, an enormous save that retains him at -7.
CBS segue to a industrial break with the bongtastic strains of Estimated Prophet by the Grateful Useless. Sing alongside, Bryson; with feeling, Brooks. “California! I’ll be knocking on the golden door / Like an angel standing in a shaft of sunshine / Rising as much as paradise, I do know I’m gonna shine.” DeChambeau and Finau each discover the center of the inexperienced on the par-three third; Collin Morikawa sends his method at 1 into the bunker on the correct, the place he’ll be shortsided.
An enormous smile throughout Finau’s face, as he rolls a 20-foot birdie putt straight into the cup on 2. A quick begin for a participant who has to make the main breakthrough someday quickly, he certainly has to. DeChambeau follows him in, and this pair are inspiring one another to nice issues already!
-9: D Johnson
-8: Finau (2), DeChambeau (2), Champ, Scheffler
-7: Day (2), Casey (1), Koepka (1), Morikawa
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DeChambeau has come flying out of the traps. He crashes a 344-yard drive down the center of two, then eases a wonderful method to 3 ft. That’s fairly magnificent. Again on 1, pars for Koepka and Paul Casey, the latter doing very nicely to make his 4 after copping an unfortunate lie within the tough off the tee. They continue to be at -7.
Good outdated CBS. In addition to having a beautiful emblem, they flash up some very attention-grabbing infographics. Ought to Brooks Koepka win right this moment, he’ll turn into the quickest man to achieve 5 majors after profitable the primary one. He’ll have performed it inside 1,148 days; Tiger took 1,225, whereas Jack Nicklaus wanted 1.394, the slowcoach. Arnold Palmer wanted 1,463 days, whereas Ben Hogan took 1,687. Nick Faldo’s subsequent on the listing with 1,827. So there you might have it, in dwelling shade. Maybe the large eye within the sky is trying down on him, too, as a result of whereas he flays his opening drive into thick stuff down the left, it sits up. He’s capable of finding the inexperienced together with his second, and whereas he can’t generate the spin to go shut, he’ll take a look at birdie from 20 ft or so.
Again to 1, the place Finau has cleverly left himself yardage for his wedge. He knocks it useless. He’ll faucet in to maneuver to -7. DeChambeau in the meantime faces a extra awkward 50-yard chip, however he scoops it to 4 ft. Pleasant, and in goes the putt. He’s began with birdie too! A 3-putt bogey for Varner III at 8, although, and he drops again to -5.
-9: D Johnson
-8: Champ, Scheffler
-7: Day (1), Finau (1), DeChambeau (1), Casey, Koepka, Morikawa
-6: Berger (2), Fleetwood (2), Rose (1)
Up on 18, Rory whisks his second to eight ft, however leaves the putt on the excessive aspect. A terrific likelihood for a valedictory birdie gone, he cocks his head again in delicate despair. It’s not been his week. Not terrible, not nice. That remaining gap was his match in microcosm, mainly. A 68, and he ends the week at -2. A lot to consider, although all is much from misplaced.
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Up on the inexperienced, Jason Day, having caught his second to eight ft, walks his birdie putt in. Calm and assured, he instantly rises to -7. His companion Justin Rose has to make do with par, however that’s higher than yesterday, when he left this gap having made a bogey and railing at his caddy for some minor club-selecting misdemeanour.
Right here comes Bryson! A no-nonsense begin as he completely pearls his first drive down the right-hand aspect of the green. Simply the 320 yards of carry. He’s going spherical with Tony Finau, who isn’t shy of knocking the duvet off the ball himself, however opts to ship a managed fairway wooden down the center as an alternative. This pairing guarantees loads of crash-bang enjoyable … and no little finesse across the inexperienced.
Daniel Berger drains a 30-footer on the first to avoid wasting his par. He stays at -6. In competition and in type, that’s an enormous second if he finally ends up making it right this moment. In the meantime one other birdie for Adam Scott, this time at 10, and he rises to -5.
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