There’s a man battling leg pain and a 50-year-old man in Sunday’s remaining pairing at the PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka, coming off proper knee surgical procedure in March, hopes he can fight by way of pain and fatigue lengthy sufficient to win a fifth major title and deny Phil Mickelson’s try at a historic victory.
Koepka fired a two-under par 70 to stand on six-under 210 after Saturday’s third spherical at windy Kiawah Island, however a closing bogey price him a share of the lead with Mickelson, who may develop into golf’s oldest major winner.
“If I strike it anything like I did the last three days, I’ll have a chance,” Koepka mentioned.
The chief of the under-50 flight is glad his knee hasn’t proven any indicators of weak spot because it had earlier than he arrived at the troublesome Ocean Course.
“I’ve not had that once this week. Very pleased,” Koepka mentioned Saturday. “I think the strength has increased.
“I do not know if it was just a bit drained, however I’ve form of toned again the exercises just a little bit, particularly this week, simply because I do know what I’ve bought to do.”
The 13th-ranked American knew he would get a workout over the sand dunes and unlevel areas of the coastal course, the longest layout in major history at 7,876 yards,
“You’re strolling on sand just a little bit, taking part in a variety of golf,” he said. “Just toned it again a hair however made positive I’m nonetheless doing the essential issues in the rehab.”
Koepka, the 2018 and 2019 PGA champion, seeks his third title in four years.
Not since Tom Watson won the 1980, 1982 and 1983 British Opens has a player won the same major three times in four years.
Koepka, who still makes somewhat of an awkward stance while lining up putts due to knee issues, says the event feels like any other major, even though his challenge is unusual.
“It simply feels good, feels regular. It’s what you follow for. I’m proper the place I need to be, and we’ll see how tomorrow goes,” he mentioned.
“Just be inside three of the lead going into the again 9 and you have an opportunity.”
Koepka was upset at his putting, saying the course seemed faster than the practice putting area.
“That was the worst placing efficiency I’ve ever had,” he said. “Can’t get a lot worse. I believed 70 was in regards to the highest I may have shot as we speak. I left loads on the market.
“From inside 10 feet, I’m usually banging it in the back of the cup.”
Koepka is taking part in in the ultimate pairing as effectively, so he can control that 50-year-old man.
“At least I can see what Phil is doing and then I don’t have to turn back and look and see what he’s up to,” Koepka mentioned. “And everybody will be in front of me so I know what I’ve got to do.”