ST. LOUIS (AP) – The latest on the PGA Championship, the last major of the Golf of the Year (all times local):
Justin Thomas, who struck out of 12 foot on the par-4 ninth, threw him out of a tie for the lead with Brooks Koepka as he headed to the back nine at the PGA Championship.
Justin Thomas sees his shot on the first fairway during the final round of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, August 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)
Tiger Woods desperately tries to stay in the fight. He has hit a fairway from tee on the front nine, and he stays under 9 – two shots from the lead.
Already in the clubhouse are Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Tyrrell Hatton, whose rounds of 64 on Sunday left them 9 under the championship. Now the two are waiting a long time to see how they are done.
Justin Thomas has three birdies on his front nine at the PGA Championship to move within one of the leading Brooks Koepka, who missed a short par-putt at the difficult par-4 fourth in Bellerive.
Tiger Woods has put on one of the toughest three-hole sections in the field after two solitary parts on the back. He stays behind at 10, two shots back.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Tyrrell Hatton joined the group at 9am. They play together and are both under 6 to play with a hole.
Tiger Woods is on the PGA Championship.
After Woods retired his birdie-putt for the first time, he rolled in a 10-foot ball after the birdie and then almost missed his way to the par-3 third for a tip-birdie.
This brought Woods to 10 under the championship, two behind third-placed leader Brooks Koepka.
Woods is trying to win his fifth PGA and 15th Major Championship and it would be his first since the US Open 2008. It would also be the first time that Woods has won a major in any group other than the last one in the final round.
At the PGA Championship, where Brooks Koepka made it to the final round by two strokes over Adam Scott and some of the biggest names in golf, the leaders beat each other.
Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods have missed the first birdie opportunities, but are within sight of the lead, while Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Tyrrell Hatton make the hot laps 8 below par.
Both are 5 under their rounds.
Zach Johnson and Kevin Na are 4 under their day. Jordan Spieth is 3 under and leaves him 7 under the championship as he tries to finish the career Grand Slam.
Justin Thomas got off to a good start and tried to defend his PGA Championship.
The winner last weekend at Firestone, Thomas and his partner Shane Lowry have each blasted the Par-4 at Bellerive. This brought Thomas under the leadership of the championship, three behind leader Brooks Koepka, with more birdie holes.
The last player to win PGA in a row was Tiger Woods in 2006 and 2007.
Koepka is scheduled to fight with Adam Scott in the last group at 1:55.
Webb Simpson has two early birdies to reach 8 in the PGA Championship and that should essentially secure his place in the Ryder Cup team if he had not already done so.
Simpson was in eighth and last place to ensure that he will join Captain Jim Furyk's team in France next month. Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, who were right behind him, did not make it to Bellerive this weekend.
An interesting situation concerns Bubba Watson, who was fifth in the standings. He shot 78 on Friday and missed the cut, while Xander Schauffele, who finished 11th in the championship, had 6 points under control on Sunday and battled for a spot in the top 10 of the final round.
Get ready for some fun at the Par-4 11th in the final round of the PGA Championship.
PGA's Kerry Haigh has brought the teas into the forward box on Sunday, meaning he plays 298 yards and offers a tempting risk-reward opportunity. On the right is a danger, and a pond guards the green, while a steep bank of fans circles the green to the left.
The early separation of layups and boys who opted for the green tea was 50:50.
Marc Leishman opted for the green and found a fan. Tommy Fleetwood also sent the fans scatter as he drove to the left. So also Rory McIlroy in the next group.
"It's very accessible to every player in the field if they want it," Haigh said. "Of course, it depends on whether you're running or leading behind the leader."
Ben Kern is making the most of his first PGA Championship experience.
The lonely club pro who is one of the 20 players to drop him this week is 1 under his last round and 4 under the championship. This means that the former Kansas State Star and club pro at the Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene, Texas could make a good payday.
Or rather, another nice payday.
Just before he came to Bellerive, Kern shot under the Texas State Open. His 62 in the third round showed he had hit the ball well, as well as the $ 42,500 winner check he took with him.
"I got so much response, enthusiasm and lyrics, just a lot of support," Kern said. "It was a lot of fun to go through that and answer it and see everyone."
The first two groups are ready with their final rounds at the PGA Championship, and yes, there are good scoring opportunities.
Chris Stroud and Cameron Smith shot off early and rushed through Bellerive at 4 under 66.
Tournament officials placed the tee box on the 11th hole of the Par-4, at 294 yards, to make it wheeled. Hideki Matsuyama drove to 18 feet and made the putt for Adler. He is left at 3 on his round with four holes.
The ladder fails on Sunday afternoon.
Tiger Woods will try to put Brooks Koepka ahead by four shots. He tries to become the fifth player in history to win the US Open and PGA in the same year.
Adam Scott starts the day two shots behind Koepka.
The last round of the last big year of the year is full of possibilities.
Brooks Koepka has a two-shot lead at the PGA Championship while trying to become only the fifth player in history to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year. Immediately behind is Adam Scott, who can suddenly turn his worst season into a great one.
Of the 11 players within four shots on the lead at Bellerive, Tiger Woods shines brightest. He comes in two rounds of 66 rounds and is four shots behind, with only five players in front of him.
Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are within reach of their first major.
Also at stake: It's the last day to qualify for the US Ryder Cup team.
Dustin Johnson looks at his putt on the first green during the final round of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, August 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)
Jason Day, from Australia, sees his shot from the first fairway during the final round of the PGA Championship Golf Tournament at the Bellerive Country Club on Sunday, August 12, 2018 in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)
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