SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Steve DiMeglio discusses the conceivable head-to-head showdown that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are lately making plans.
ST. LOUIS – Brooks Koepka’s within the motive force’s seat, Tiger Woods is within the rearview and a number of alternative height skills are pursuing the Wanamaker Trophy heading into the overall spherical of the 100th version of the PGA Championship.
Koepka, who gained the closing two playings of the U.S. Open, holds a 2-shot lead heading into Sunday’s ultimate spherical at Bellerive Nation Membership. The hugely muscled Floridian has obviously been the most productive participant via 54 holes and is in top place to sign up for Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the one gamers to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the similar yr.
However 10 gamers are inside of 4 pictures of Koepka, together with six main champions, one in every of them being Woods, winner of 14 majors.
With Bellerive at the comfortable facet, birdies must be aplenty, so the makings for a shootout are there.
Here’s the breakdown of the highest of the leaderboard and the probabilities for victory for every participant.
Brooks Koepka: 69-63-66, 12 underneath. 45 p.c implied likelihood to win.
He has pummeled the golfing ball and thumped Bellerive, grabbing the lead early within the 3rd spherical and not relinquishing it. The back-to-back winner of the U.S. Open relishes the warmth of the instant. Lost sight of hanging prowess.
Adam Scott: 70-65-65, 10 underneath. 11.1 p.c likelihood.
Hasn’t been on this place for a very long time, however the 2013 Masters champion has numerous just right recollections to name upon. Some of the sport’s easiest ball-strikers, hanging has been his bugaboo. Glance out if he will get the flat persist with cooperate.
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Rickie Fowler: 65-67-69, nine underneath. 11.1 p.c likelihood.
He assists in keeping knocking at the door. Massive Sunday run on the Masters fell only one shot shy. Exceptional putter, cool underneath force as giant levels have by no means afflicted him. Able to win first main.
Jon Rahm: 68-67-66, nine underneath. eight.three p.c likelihood.
Trending in the proper route by means of the appearance of the scorecards. A lot of firepower, he can overpower any direction. If he assists in keeping his feelings in regulate, he can for sure win his maiden main.
Gary Wooded area: 64-66-71, nine underneath. five.three p.c likelihood.
The 36-hole chief had an journey within the bunkers at the 10th, enjoying from the sand on 3 events. That has been his best bothersome spot this week. Hasn’t ever had a top-10 in a big. He will get his first this week. May just get first main identify, too.
Tiger Woods: 70-66-66, eight underneath. 6.7 p.c likelihood.
Oh, what will have been. Ice-cold putter at the again 9 within the 3rd spherical saved him from the overall staff. His go back to the sport after spinal fusion surgical treatment has been outstanding and he’s been in place to win on 5 earlier events. His easiest paintings this week has been at the entrance 9, so if he will get off to every other rapid get started, glance out. He had the outright lead within the British Open on Sunday, so he’s had a style of that rush after such a lot of years.
Jason Day: 67-68-67, eight underneath. five.nine p.c likelihood.
Two-time winner this yr gained the PGA in 2015. Lots of ability – duration, nice scrambler, cast putter. Wishes rapid get started. Can care for the warmth.
Stewart Cink: 67-69-66, eight underneath. 1.2 p.c likelihood.
The 2009 British Open champion is enjoying in first PGA since 2015. Hasn’t been on this place in a very long time. However he’s a veteran who gained’t be spooked by means of the force.
Justin Thomas: 69-65-68, eight underneath. 6.7 p.c likelihood.
The protecting champion gained closing week on the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, his 8th win in 22 months. Can get it getting in a flash. Huge firepower. Fears not anything. May just sign up for Tiger as the one back-to-back winners of the PGA because the championship went to stroke play in 1958.
Charl Schwartzel: 70-63-69, eight underneath. 2.2 p.c likelihood.
The 2011 Masters champion hasn’t been in place to win a big for a while. Can for sure pass low. Can for sure end – he birdied the overall 4 holes to win the Masters.
Shane Lowry: 69-64-69, eight underneath. 2 p.c likelihood.
Was once main the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont earlier than Dustin Johnson took over the match. Nice angle, nice ability to place up birdies in bunches.
Additionally: Amongst the ones 7 underneath, together with 2018 British Open champion Francesco Molinari, have too many strokes to make up and too many gamers to move, so we’ll say … no likelihood.