US PGA Championship 2018: Day four - live! | Sports

US PGA Championship 2018: Day four - live! | Sports

The 100th PGA Championship has been magnificent, a Bellerive Birdie Blitz. The defense of the course has dropped after a good irrigation early in the week and then again on Friday evening, and that has shown in a sensational rating. For Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel, there were record numbers of 63; 64s for Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry and Kevin Kisner; a few '65s for Adam Scott; 65s for Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger and defending champion Jason Thomas; and a ranking that looks like this …

-12: Koepka
-10: Scott
-9: Cream, Fowler, woodland
-8th: Woods, Cink, Tag, Thomas, Lowry, Schwartzel
-7: Suri, Molinari, Kisner
-6: Berger, Schauffele, Simpson, Perez, Pieters, Stein
-5: Pepperell, Poulter, Wallace, Grillo, Rose, Cantlay, D. Johnson

Koepka threatened to run away with this tournament last night. At one point he was five shots in the lead and saw in the total control of his ball. But this is a great championship, and even for an ice-cold double US Open winner, nerves come into play. He stumbled a little over the back nine, and now there are only two left. The last round is indeed very balanced.

Adam Scott is best able to overthrow. He has rediscovered the form with which he won a Masters in 2013 and should have won an Open the year before; The putting is still a bit shaky, but better than it has been for a while. Gary Woodland recovered yesterday at 10 am from a terrible meltdown in the sand to save his round and stay on the hunt; Perhaps the steel display shows that he is ready to exploit a talent that has remained largely unfulfilled. Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler have made their way without too much drama, and a steady game – and a steady heartbeat – could be just what is needed today.

The defending champion Justin Thomas is just like the former Champ Jason Day in strike distance. Francesco Molinari, after Walter Hagen, Nick Price, Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy, only wants to become the sixth player to win the Open and PGA in the same season. The 2009 Open Champion, Stewart Cink, is improving from round to round: if he exceeds yesterday's 66, the experienced Alabaman might surprise everyone. Shane Lowry and Charl Schwartzel float, while upcoming New Yorker Julian Suri feels at home on his PGA debut.

And then there's Tiger. If he wins his 15th Major title tonight, the Bellerive Country Club will leave for Illinois at around 1am. The air traffic control was alerted.

We may not have mentioned your darling; we may not even have mentioned the possible winner. But grab something, please, it was a long week. Whatever happens, we will have fun this afternoon. It's the 100th PGA Championship! It is the last major of 2018! Golf fever is very much on. Nurse, the screens! As fast as you can, page Dr Golf!

Here are the start times for the final round. All players from the USA, unless otherwise stated; All times are from the local variety. (We have six hours ahead in the UK, you do math.)

0729 Chris Stroud, Brian Gay
0738 Cameron Smith (Off), Scott Brown
0747 Charles Howell III, Vijay Singh (Fij)
0756 Jim Furyk, Brian Harman
0805 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Marc Leishman (Off)
0814 Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)
0823 Joaquin Niemann (Chi), Kevin Chappell
0832 Russell Henley, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)
0841 Ollie Schniederjans, Ross Fisher (Eng)
0850 Tony Finau, Byeong-Hun An (Kor)
0859 Andrew Putnam, Adrian Otaegui (Spa)
0908 Sungjae Imn (Kor), J.J. Spaun
0917 Jimmy Walker, Ted Potter, Jr.
0926 Austin Cook, Brandt Snedeker
0935 Brice Garnett, Russell Knox (Sco)
0953 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Keegan Bradley
1002 Tommy Fleetwood (English), Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn)
1011 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Rory McIlroy (NIrl)
1020 Martin Kaymer (D), Dylan Frittelli (Rsa)
1029 Zach Johnson, Ben Kern
1038 Kevin Na, Ryan Moore
1047 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (health resort), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)
1056 Seung-su Han, Andrew Landry
1105 Jordan Spieth, Jason Kokrak
1115 Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie
1125 Ryan Fox (NZL), Branden Grace (Rsa)
1135 Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk
1145 Justin Rose (English), Patrick Cantlay
1155 Matt Wallace (Eng), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)
1205 Eddie Pepperell (English), Ian Poulter (English)
1215 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Brandon Stein (Rsa)
1225 Webb Simpson, Pat Pérez
1245 Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele
1255 Francesco Molinari (Italy), Kevin Kisner
1305 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Julian Suri
1315 Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry (Ireland)
1325 Stewart Cink, Jason Day (Aus)
1335 Gary Woodland, Tiger Forest
1345 Jon Rahm (Spa), Rickie Fowler
1355 Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott (Aus)

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