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Brooks Koepka catches up to Mickelson

Brooks Koepka at the 2021 PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka sits only one again from Phil Mickelson headed into Sunday on the PGA Championship. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

For some time on Saturday, it seemed as if Phil Mickelson was going to run away with the PGA Championship.

Lefty flew forward to a large five-shot lead early within the third spherical on the Ocean Course behind 5 birdies in his first 10 holes of the day.

But a blunder on the again 9 opened the door up for the remainder of the sphere, and Brooks Koepka took benefit.

Koepka, who began the day only one again, will now enter the ultimate spherical the identical approach in a gaggle alongside Mickelson at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

Koepka is now searching for his third PGA Championship win in 4 begins, whereas the Hall of Famer is making an attempt to develop into the oldest to win a significant championship. Undoubtedly, the 2 ought to make for an exciting end.

Koepka takes benefit of Mickelson blunder 

Mickelson had the perfect front nine on Saturday.

He made 4 birdies to drop to 4-under on the day, after which made a birdie on the tenth to declare a large 5 shot lead.

In what felt like an on the spot, although, his lead what gone.

Mickelson bogeyed No. 12 after which doubled No. 13 after his tee shot discovered the water. He did par out the remainder of the way in which to end his day 2-under to preserve a one-shot lead.

Koepka, however, shined on his again 9. He fired three birdies on the again and had a shot at a share of the lead, however bogeyed the final gap to shut out his 2-under 70 on the day.

While his ball placing was a lot better than it was earlier within the week, Koepka was nonetheless extraordinarily pissed off along with his displaying on the greens.

“I struck it really nicely, I drove it really well compared to what I did the first two days, so I got that fixed,” he stated on CBS. “But I definitely failed putting, I think that’s probably the worst putting performance I’ve ever had.”

Mickelson, thanks to a clutch chip on the ultimate inexperienced, will enter Sunday with a one-shot lead however will achieve this alongside Koepka within the remaining group. Louis Oosthuizen, who entered the day tied with Mickelson, sits two again after he completed with an Even-72. Kevin Streelman then sits three again at 4-under.

Though there are many individuals inside placing distance — together with Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Branden Grace at 3-under, and Bryson DeChambeau and Joaquin Niemann at 2-under — all eyes will likely be on that remaining pairing on Kiawah Island come Sunday afternoon.

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