PGA Championship Day 3, Koepka on Cruise Control

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Bethpage Black Course, Bethpage State Park, Long Island, New York — May 18, 2019

Brooks Koepka may well have won the 2019 PGA Championship on Friday. With consecutive rounds of 63 and 65, his 12 under par score led his closest pursuers by seven strokes.

May 18, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Brooks Koepka reacts to his shot from the second tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Even Par for Saturday

Koepka maintained his seven-stroke lead by shooting even par for his round on Saturday. Three Birdies and three bogeys were enough to do the job. No one could make a run towards the lead. Barring a complete collapse on Sunday, Koepka will hoist the Wannamaker Trophy after his round tomorrow.

Second Place Fortunes

Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth started the day tied for second. Scott shot 72, and Spieth 71 losing strokes to the leader. Dustin Johnson moved into 2nd with his 3rd consecutive day of scores in the 60s. A 69 on Thursday followed by a 67 and another 69 on Saturday moved Johnson to 5 under.

May 18, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Dustin Johnson plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Low rounds of the day went to Jazz Janewattananond and Harold Varner III, who each shot 67, bringing the pair into contention.

May 18, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Jazz Janewattananond plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Unfortunately, for the assembled professionals, it appears they all are vying for the runner-up spot behind Koepka.

May 18, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; Harold Varner III plays his shot from the fourth tee during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Will there be drama on Sunday? Brooks Koepka hopes not, he would like to cruise through the final round in similar fashion to today.