19 May 2019, 11:39 am

Brooks Koepka takes seven-shot lead into US PGA Championship final round

Brooks Koepka says he has no doubts he will retain his US PGA Championship title on Sunday after maintaining his seven-shot lead in round three.
Starting on 12 under, the American showed the first signs of vulnerability during a level-par third round of 70 but his rivals failed to gain ground.
World number one Dustin Johnson (69) is among four tied for second while Jordan Spieth (72) slipped to three under.
England’s Matt Wallace shot a 70 and is the leading European on four under.
Wallace is the only European in the top 14 on the leaderboard after fellow Englishmen Justin Rose (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (72) went backwards at Bethpage’s Black Course in New York state.
Koepka is chasing a fourth major victory in his last eight starts and, because of the US PGA Championship’s move from August to May, the 29-year-old can become the first player to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time following his US Open wins in 2017 and 2018.
His seven-shot lead is a record after 54 holes of the US PGA Championship, and no golfer in major championship history has failed to win after holding such a margin.
“I couldn’t care less about breaking records,” he said. “If they come that’s awesome but I’m just trying to win.”
Asked if he had any doubts about winning, he replied: “No. I feel confident, I feel good and I feel excited. I feel confident going in to Sunday.”
Johnson, whose sole major win came at the 2016 US Open, was joined on five under by relatively unknown Americans Harold Varner III (67) and Luke List (69) and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (67).
Australian Adam Scott (72) was another major winner to falter after he and Spieth, who is chasing a career Grand Slam, began Saturday’s round joint second on five under.