FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – There was one thing traditionally becoming that Brooks Keopka would shatter the 36-hole scoring file on the PGA Championship enjoying alongside Tiger Woods.
This week’s front-runner, whose 128 whole is 2 pictures higher than the earlier 36-hole scoring mark, beat Woods by 17 pictures via two days with the type of dominating efficiency that Woods commonly produced in his prime.
“Relative to the sphere, I used to be about that lengthy, early in my profession,” stated Woods, who missed the lower. “Whenever you’re in a position to hit the ball a lot additional than different gamers and get on the fitting golf programs the place setups like this are penalizing in case you are a little bit bit crooked, it provides as much as an enormous lead, and there isn’t any purpose why he cannot improve this lead.”
Though Koepka is among the many week’s longest at Bethpage Black, it’s been his iron play that almost all smacks of Tiger. Koepka ranks first in strokes gained: strategy the inexperienced and second in proximity to the opening. It provides as much as a model of golf that appears acquainted.
“I’d say there are similarities the best way he’s dominating the par 5s. He’s hitting this excessive Three-wood, and it’s coming down like a wedge on No. 13,” stated Joe LaCava, Woods’ caddie. “He overpowers the lengthy holes, like on No. 11. He hits driver down there and has nothing in. Similar factor on 12. On 15, he’s bought Eight- or 9-iron, and he’s hitting it to three toes. Sure, it jogs my memory of the identical deal.”