Brooks Koepka has a seven-shot lead coming into the ultimate spherical of the 101st PGA Championship. It is the biggest three-round benefit, by two pictures, in occasion historical past.
No participant has ever blown a lead that nice over the ultimate 18 holes of a males’s main championship (or in any PGA Tour occasion, for that matter). Greg Norman’s notorious collapse within the 1996 Masters, the place he led by six strokes over Nick Faldo, closed in 78 and completed 5 in arrears, is the largest final-round meltdown by a 54-hole chief in a males’s main.
Right here’s a have a look at the top-5 largest 54-hole leads in males’s main championship historical past and the way the finale performed out (courtesy the Golf Channel analysis unit).
10 pictures, Tiger Woods, 2000 U.S. Open
Ultimate spherical: Woods was at eight underneath par, with Ernie Els alone in second place at 2 over. Woods continued his flawless play with a bogey-free, Four-under 67 to win by a major-record 15 pictures, at 12 underneath.
10 pictures, Henry Cotton, 1934 Open Championship
Ultimate spherical: After capturing 67-65-72 to open his large lead, Cotton completed with a 79 at Royal St. George’s. Thankfully for him, it was nonetheless ok for a five-shot win.
9 pictures, Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters
Ultimate spherical: Woods cruised by way of the primary three rounds in his first main begin as a professional and shot Three-under 69 Sunday at Augusta Nationwide to win by a tournament-record 12 strokes, at 18 underneath (additionally a match report).
eight pictures, Rory McIlroy, 2011 U.S. Open
Ultimate spherical: Rain softened Congressional Nation Membership and McIlroy took benefit with rounds of 65-66-68 to face at 14 underneath par. He closed with a 2-under 69 to set one in every of his 11 U.S. Open information that week, with a 16-under-par complete. He gained by eight.
eight pictures, Raymond Floyd, 1976 Masters
Ultimate spherical: Floyd dominated from begin to end, turning into the fourth wire-to-wire winner in Masters historical past. His closing 2-under 70 gave him an eight-shot triumph. Floyd’s 17-under-par tally tied the match scoring report, till Woods broke it in 1997.