SUNDAY  | MAY 19, 2019
by Gary Van Sickle

Saturday was another fun day at the PGA Championship.

How fun? Well… Tiger Woods wasn’t here. He missed the cut.

Phil Mickelson was here … but made nine bogeys.

After three rounds, no challenger has caught Brooks Koepka’s opening-round score of 7 under par, although Luke List and Dustin Johnson briefly touched those lofty heights Saturday before falling back to Earth. Suspense and drama fell off the endangered-species list and right into extinction, by order of Koepka.

 


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by Alex Miceli

Jordan Spieth struggled in Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship. It was not a surprise.

What was more of a surprise was that Spieth earned a spot in the final pairing with Brooks Koepka.

That’s not disingenuous, but a healthy analysis of a three-time major champion who has struggled, at times mightily, during the past two years.

 


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From pandering to Pandora
Watching John Daly riding around on a golf cart at the PGA Championship was cringe-worthy, at best. I believe the PGA of America made a poor decision in this case and one that it might regret.

Pandora’s box has been opened, and I think there will be other cases of people with physical limitations vying for the same treatment in the future.

 


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Number of the seven players who have led a major championship by seven or more strokes after 54 holes and not gone on to win the tournament. American Brooks Koepka, the eighth man to hold such a lead in a major, shot even-par 70 on Saturday in the PGA Championship for a 12-under 198 total and seven-stroke lead at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.

 


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CALENDAR
May 16-19
Women’s pro: U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, N.C.

Web.com: Knoxville Open

Fox Den CC, Knoxville, Tenn.

PGA Tour: PGA Championship

Bethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, N.Y.

May 17-22
Women’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 23-26
Champions: KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

Oak Hill CC, Rochester, N.Y.

Web.com: Evans Scholars Invitational

Glen Club, Glenview, Ill.

LPGA: Pure Silk Championship

Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Va.

European: Made in Denmark

Himmerland Golf & Spa Reort, Farso, Denmark

Symetra: Zimmer Biomet Championship

RTJ Golf Trail (Lake Course at Grand National), Auburn, Ala.

PGA Tour: Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas

May 24-29
Men’s college: NCAA Division I Championship

Blessings GC, Fayetteville, Ark.

May 25-29
Men’s amateur: U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort (Old Macdonald, Pacific Dunes)


      
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