FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – After brushing with a chunk of main championship historical past, Adam Scott now has his work lower out for him if he’s going to chase down Brooks Koepka on the PGA Championship.
Scott began the day eight pictures off the tempo, and he was one in every of few gamers within the discipline to trim their deficit relative to Koepka, who raced to a seven-shot lead after rounds of 63-65. The Aussie went one higher on the Black Course, signing for a 6-under 64 that moved him right into a share of second place at 5 below alongside Jordan Spieth.
It was a spherical that had the potential to problem the course document Koepka set the day prior, to not point out the all-time match scoring document. Scott birdied seven of his first 14 holes, that means he needed to play his remaining 4 holes in 1 below on the par-70 format to shoot 62 – a rating solely Branden Grace has reached earlier than in main championship historical past.
“I imply, it was a fleeting thought,” Scott mentioned. “Not taking place on the finish of the day, and ultimately I used to be very joyful to rise up and down for 64 on the final. Look, total, you shoot 64 in a significant, you’ve had an amazing day, and I did at the moment.”
Scott’s hopes for historical past had been dashed when he three-putted from 23 ft on No. 17 for his lone bogey, nevertheless it was a uncommon blemish for a participant whose oft-balky putter lastly cooperated. Scott rolled in additional than 165 ft price of putts whereas selecting up greater than 4 pictures on the sphere on the greens, holing three straight birdie putts of 25 ft or extra to start his spherical.
“I wasn’t considering the putter was a lot of a problem yesterday,” Scott mentioned. “At this time I got here out and so they simply began rolling in, and I didn’t assume a lot about it and felt excellent with it.”
Scott completed third behind Koepka and Tiger Woods finally 12 months’s PGA at Bellerive, and he has two different top-5 finishes on this occasion. Regardless of a scorching spherical on a demanding observe, he’s effectively conscious that chasing down Koepka over the weekend would require a monumental effort – and maybe just a little assist.
“Hey, if the man can simply preserve doing that for one more two days, then there’s not a lot you are able to do. However I feel somebody, hopefully me, will chip away tomorrow and sneak up in the appropriate path,” Scott mentioned. “I do know he’s received three majors. I do know he appears impenetrable for the time being on this place, however sooner or later he’s acquired to consider it.”