Finals “Battle of the Titans” golf – Brooks “Big Game” Koepka vs Bryson “The Brain” DeChambeau with an online tournament – won’t be coming to the PGA Championship near you. At least not this Sunday.
The good thing: If Saturday’s Round 3 at TPC Harding Park is any indication of what’s going to happen, then this COVID-19 season’s first major tournament won’t run out of fireworks.
DJ I’m not old I’m a classic shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater
Koepka, the defending champions twice, faced a set after making three consecutive bogeys and responded promptly by shooting a birdie in two of his last three holes to shoot 69 and take the lead two hits. Even more daring, perhaps, was Koepka’s post-round performance, like the main jumper stepping into an opponent’s tunnel and not allowing anyone inside to fight.
Koepka almost yawned when asked to rate the DJ I’m not old I’m a classic shirt player in front of him, a team that included 2016 US Open leader and champion Dustin Johnson (9 under 201), rising stars Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ (both 8 under), Collin Morikawa and veteran Paul Casey (both aged 7 under).
“A lot of people on the chart, I don’t think they won. I guess DJ won only one,” he began. “I don’t know many others up there.”
Right behind Koepka, but out of that withered assessment, was DeChambeau, who climbed to 6th by dropping a 95-foot bomb of a birdie throw on 18th.
Brooks Koepka has never lacked confidence. After finishing the third round of the PGA Championship, that confidence was evident when he was asked how he felt about his chances on Sunday’s pursuit of Dustin Johnson.
“I like my chance,” Koepka said. “When I was in this position before, I capitalized. I don’t know, (Johnson) won only one. I’m playing well. I don’t know, we’ll see. ”
It was a rather subtle collision from his four-time big win against his old (albeit less accomplished) friend. But perhaps that killer instinct is the reason why Koepka is so successful in big tournaments. No one is safe – not even his training buddies.
Koepka also took the occasion of a post-round interview with CBS’s Amanda Balionis to point out the DJ’s main total, as well as the rest of the chief heads that are still mostly new to Sunday, including Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ.
“A lot of people on the chart, I don’t think anyone,” he said. “I guess the DJ just won one, but I don’t know the others up there.”