Jordan Spieth believes he is close to recapturing his best form after finishing tied for third at the US PGA Championship.

The three-time major champion posted his first top-10 finish since last year's Open Championship, ending up six shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

Spieth has fallen to 30th in the world rankings after a tough run, but feels he is nearing the form that saw him win three majors from 2015 to 2017.

"It says that I have full belief in our team. I have full belief in my process, my mentality, my selfishness and my work ethic," he said.

"I put in more hours over the last five months than I've ever put in my game in a five-month stretch, just trying to get to where I can be out here on a major championship Sunday making par saves, making birdie putts, and contending even without having my best stuff.

"That's like 2015, 2016, 2017, that's how I felt then."

Spieth fired a one-over 71 in the final round at a tough Bethpage Black, where he felt it was always going to be difficult.

The 25-year-old said: "I knew coming into the week that it was unlikely on this golf course that I was going to have a chance to win.

"That's a humbling feeling for me, but I knew that if I played the course the right way, had the right mentality, kept putting the way I've been putting, that I would be in it; that I would be, you know, in and having a chance to make some noise."

Dustin Johnson was happy with his US PGA Championship performance despite falling short of catching Brooks Koepka.

Johnson pushed Koepka, whose seven-stroke overnight lead was briefly cut to one by the 2016 U.S. Open champion on Sunday.

However, bogeys at 16 and 17 saw Johnson fall short, finishing at six under and two shots behind as Koepka retained his title.

But Johnson was still upbeat about his performance after shooting four under-par rounds.

"I'm very pleased with the way I played. I feel like my game's been pretty good all year. This week, especially, I felt like I really, really played well tee-to-green," he told a news conference.

"The first three days I didn't make enough putts, I hit the ball plenty good enough to have been tied with Brooks going into Sunday. I just didn't make enough putts.

"Today I felt like I rolled the putter a lot better. In these tough conditions, tough wind, even the putts that I missed looked like they were going in. Hit the ball really well again today, too.

"So I'm pleased with where the game's at, especially we've still got a lot of big tournaments left this year. I'm very happy with that."

Still, it was something of a missed opportunity for Johnson, who bogeyed the par-four 16th and the par-three 17th.

The 34-year-old said he was trying to ignore the fanfare as Koepka's back-nine collapse – he bogeyed five of seven holes – created a thrilling finish at Bethpage Black.

"I was really trying not to pay attention too much because it was so difficult out there. I know anything can happen," Johnson said.

"But I looked at the leaderboard on maybe nine, or I was on 12 tee, maybe I saw it. There's a leaderboard right there, and I think he was at 12 under making the turn.

"And so you know, I knew I needed to play well finishing, but yeah, I gave it a run. That's all you can ask for."

Brooks Koepka managed to retain his US PGA Championship title, but only after a dramatic collapse on the back nine at Bethpage Black.

Leading by seven heading into the final round, Koepka closed out a two-stroke victory for his fourth major title on Sunday.

The American bogeyed five of seven holes on the back nine and his lead was briefly cut to one by Dustin Johnson in a thrilling finish.

Here's how a dramatic back nine unfolded in New York:

- Leading by four with nine to play, Koepka enhanced his position with a magnificent birdie on the fearsome 10th, enough to move him six clear as Johnson bogeyed 11.

- Loose drives prevented Koepka from reaching the 11th and 12th greens in regulation and back-to-back bogeys cut his advantage to four.

- Koepka then pulled his tee shot way left on the par-five 13th, before missing a short par putt to drop another shot.

- Up ahead, Johnson birdied the 15th for the fourth day in succession. Suddenly, the 2016 U.S. Open champion was only two behind.

- The drama intensified as Koepka's run of bogeys stretched to four at the short 14th. After over-shooting the green, he played a heavy-handed chip and could not salvage par.

- Johnson failed to keep the pressure on, going long with his approach to 16 and then failing to get up and down. Koepka's lead was back to two.

- A poor tee shot on the par-three 17th led to another Johnson bogey, seemingly ending his challenge. A super up-and-down at the last meant he avoided another dropped shot and finished on six under.

- Koepka took a two-stroke lead to the final tee after dropping his fifth shot in seven holes at the 17th.

- Another poor drive led to Koepka laying up with a pitch back into the fairway, but he got the job done thereafter, pitching to six feet and holing out for par.

Brooks Koepka described his major streak as "phenomenal" and "mind-blowing" after the new world number one retained his US PGA Championship trophy.

Koepka became the first man to win both the U.S. Open and US PGA titles back-to-back following Sunday's victory in New York, despite a back-nine collapse and final-round 74.

The American star bogeyed five of his final eight holes as his seven-shot lead was reduced to just one, however, he managed to keep his composure and prevail by two strokes ahead of Dustin Johnson.

It was Koepka's fourth major triumph in eight appearances and the 29-year-old revelled in the achievement – with his haul of victories only bettered by Phil Mickelson (five) and Tiger Woods (15) among active players.

"Phenomenal. I think that's a good word," Koepka told reporters as he described his winning run. "It's been a hell of a run. It's been fun. I'm trying not to let it stop. It's super enjoyable, and just try to ride that momentum going into Pebble [Beach]. I think that's four of eight, I like the way that sounds."

It has been an incredible rise for Koepka, who was a shot adrift heading into the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open. He went on to claim his breakthrough major that tournament – triggering a wave of success in majors.

"It's been incredibly quick, I know that," Koepka said during his news conference. "It's been so much fun these last two years, it's pretty close to two years. It's incredible. I don't think I even thought I was going to do it that fast. I don't think anybody did, and to be standing here today with four majors, it's mind-blowing.

"Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was; how stressful DJ made that. I know for a fact, that was the most excited I've ever been in my life ever there on 18."

Johnson was hot on Koepka's tail in Sunday's final round – bogeys at the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th amid rising winds opening the door for the 2016 U.S. Open champion but Koepka always felt in control.

"I felt like I was playing good," said Koepka, who leapfrogged Johnson atop the rankings. "I just made mistakes at the wrong time. This golf course, that whole stretch, from seven to 13, you've got to hit good drives. I put it in the rough. You're going to have a lot of short par looks.

"I challenge anybody to go play this golf course in 15- to 20-mile-an-hour winds and see what they shoot. DJ played a hell of a round. That was pretty good. This golf course, it will test you for sure."

Asked if he worried that he would fail, Koepka replied: "It was definitely a test. I never thought about failing. I was trying my butt off. If I would have bogeyed all the way in, I still would have looked at it as I tried my hardest. That's all I can do. Sometimes that's all you've got. Even if I would have lost, I guess you could say choked it away. I tried my tail off just to even make par and kind of right the ship.

"But I never once thought about it. I always felt like once I had the lead, he's going to make one more birdie and I've got to make a bogey for this thing to kind of switch. I think hitting 15 tee shot down the middle of the fairway definitely kind of helped ease a little bit of the tension, knowing that that pin was kind of in a gettable spot but then hit a terrible wedge shot. I don't know how you miss that slope, but I did."

In the end the outcome was exactly as expected on Sunday even if the manner was in complete contrast to three previous days of flawless golf from Brooks Koepka.

All manner of records were expected to tumble en route to defending the US PGA Championship after a seven-shot lead had been opened over a pack that wasn't so much chasing as desperately clinging on for dear life.

But in golf, as in life, there are no guarantees and Koepka had to ride out a storm after a back nine that saw him drop five shots in the space of seven holes and provide more than a glimmer of opportunity to good friend and gym buddy Dustin Johnson.

Ride it out he did, though, and the newly crowned world number one proved that his pre-tournament confidence was not misguided.

The idea of confidence can be divisive. The line between confidence and arrogance can often be a thin one, a notion that is exacerbated tenfold when it comes to professional sports.

Many have been 'guilty' of stepping the wrong side of the divide in the pursuit of greatness.

Perhaps Koepka's perceived tendency to do so is why there has been a lack of acclaim along a path that has been careering towards greatness. 

Indeed, before a ball had even been struck at Bethpage Black this weekend, Koepka was in full mind-game mode when discussing a phenomenal record in the majors over the past two years.

"I don't see why you can't get to double digits," he told a press pack, whose ears would have immediately pricked up. 

"I think you keep doing what you're supposed to do, you play good, you peak at the right times… I think sometimes the majors are the easiest ones to win.

"Half the people shoot themselves out of it, and mentally I know I can beat most of them, and then from there it's those guys left, who's going to play good and who can win.

"I don't see any reason it can't get to double digits."

It was the boldest of assertions that may have rubbed some the wrong way. But does he care? Not a jot. Should he? Absolutely not.

In a mostly individual sport like golf, having that cocksure, brash attitude is a trait that can provide a psychological advantage before even taking to the tee.

Ask yourself, would Tiger Woods have been the same player without that single-minded swagger that made him the world's most dominant and most sought-after sports star for over a decade?

Moreover, why shouldn't Koepka believe he can get to double digits? Yes, history is not exactly on his side. Only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Walter Hagen have achieved it. Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tom Watson are among the greats that came close without lighting the cigar.

But right now there is not even an argument to be had. Koepka is simply the dominant force in men's major golf. Four of the past nine have been won by the American, one he didn't even play due to injury, two others have resulted in top-10 finishes.  

Since the 2014 Masters, eight different Americans have won a major title, while Rory McIlroy – the man most would have deemed the likeliest to reach double digits – has lifted two of his four.

At that time it would have been unthinkable to suggest Koepka as more likely than Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson or McIlroy in a hypothetical race to 10.

Now we're in a scenario where to consider anyone but Koepka capable of reaching a fabled feat looks naive, bordering on foolish.

Suggestions of Woods-esque era of dominance are probably premature, indeed Adam Scott summed up the feeling pretty succinctly after round three on Saturday.

"It's not quite the same, and that's no disrespect to Brooks," the Australian said. 

"I think comparing anything to Tiger is a little unfair in a good or a bad way. It would be probably bringing down what he managed to accomplish. He did this multiple times in majors, let alone regular tournaments."

His last-nine wobble at Bethpage certainly betrayed his usually unflappable nature.

And regardless of that dip, it still takes a huge leap of faith to believe Koepka can enjoy the same sort of hold Woods had over the world of golf.

But Koepka is the kind of character that has little time for comparisons anyway. To hell with history. He will simply want to continue blazing a trail in his own inimitable style.

His is a path not familiarly trodden. In 2012, Koepka played at the same PGA Tour Qualifying School event as Spieth.

Neither made the grade, but while Spieth earned a PGA Tour card just three months later thanks to a more traditional route after receiving sponsor exemptions on the Web.com Tour, Koepka would take another three years to receive his.

The intervening period was a hard-knocks apprenticeship on the European Challenge Tour and European Tour, including stops in Kenya and Kazakhstan – not exactly noted as golfing hotbeds.

It is an education that has instilled an iron will to win at all costs and cope with the incomparable pressure cooker of major golf. Lessons that will have been handy as the bogeys racked up and Johnson moved with one stroke on Sunday. Ultimately, he got the job done.

So, whatever side of the confident-arrogant side of the line you think he falls on, it doesn't matter. Koepka is a major-winning machine that will take some stopping.

He did things the hard way on Sunday, but Brooks Koepka's wire-to-wire victory at the US PGA Championship continued a dominant trend over the past two years.

Four of the past nine major tournaments have now been won by the big-hitting American, who even missed one of those due to injury.

Koepka made a mockery of Bethpage Black's reputation as one of the most daunting courses in golf for three days, giving him enough breathing space to prevail despite a back-nine collapse on Sunday in Long Island.

A closing 74 was enough for Koepka to beat Dustin Johnson by two strokes and become the first man to retain both the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.

In light of his latest victory in one of golf's four biggest strokeplay tournaments, Omnisport looks at Koepka's major performances dating back to his success at the 2017 U.S. Open.


U.S. Open 2017 (1st)

Koepka already had four top-10s to his name by the time he made a major breakthrough in sensational style at Erin Hills. Koepka equalled the U.S. Open's lowest winning score of 16 under set by Rory McIlroy in 2011.


Open Championship 2017 (T6)

Just a month later and Koepka again showed his impressive major pedigree, tying for sixth at Birkdale. This time, though, the focus was all on Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar's final-day battle for the ages, which the former won to secure his third major.

US PGA Championship 2017 (T13)

Koepka again threatened to be in contention at Quail Hollow, where he trailed joint-leaders Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen by one stroke after round one. However, a prolonged challenge never truly materialised and he tailed away to finish 13th as Justin Thomas became a major champion.

Masters 2018 (Did not play)

Unfortunately for Koepka, injury reared its ugly head for the first major of 2018 and a wrist problem saw him miss out at Augusta.

U.S. Open 2018 (1st)

A three-month lay-off likely fuelled a frustrated Koepka's desire at the treacherous Shinnecock Hills. Few could have predicted him retaining his title, but a score of one over was enough to deny Tommy Fleetwood, whose seven-under 63 on the final day was the joint-lowest in U.S. Open history. Koepka was the first player since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989 to retain the trophy.

Open Championship 2018 (T39)

Koepka never really got going at Carnoustie as Tiger Woods threatened a stunning victory and Francesco Molinari ultimately lifted the Claret Jug.

US PGA Championship 2018 (1st)

Possibly the most satisfying major win of them all for Koepka, who ignored the fanfare around a resurgent Woods to claim a two-shot triumph at Bellerive. Koepka set a new 72-hole PGA Championship record of 264 and was the first man since Woods in 2000 to complete a U.S. Open-PGA Championship double in the same year.

Masters 2019 (T2)

The third leg of a career Grand Slam was within reach at Augusta, where Koepka co-led after each of the first two rounds and was still very much in the hunt after 54 holes. Unfortunately for Koepka, an inspired Woods was unrelenting on a famous Sunday – ending an 11-year wait for a major victory to collect a fifth green jacket.

US PGA Championship 2019 (1st)

A new month for the US PGA but a similar theme. The records tumbled for three days at Bethpage Black and not even a final-round wobble denied Koepka a wire-to-wire success in Long Island, New York. Victory saw Koepka become the first player to be a two-time defending champion in two of the four majors at the same time.

 

Brooks Koepka admitted the final round of the US PGA Championship was "stressful" after a dramatic win on Sunday.

The American defended his title in New York despite a back-nine collapse at Bethpage Black, winning by two shots from Dustin Johnson.

But Koepka made his fourth major victory difficult, bogeying five of his final eight holes as his seven-stroke overnight lead was briefly cut to one.

He was happy to get the job done after shooting a four-over 74 in the final round, becoming the first man to win both the U.S. Open and US PGA titles back-to-back.

"I'm just glad we didn't have to play any more holes. That was a stressful round of golf," Koepka said at the trophy presentation.

"The wind was up, DJ played awesome, congrats to him, he put the pressure on but I'm glad to have this thing back in my hands."

Johnson's charge fell short after the 2016 U.S. Open champion bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes.

Koepka said he was aware of Johnson, who finished with a one-under 69 in the fourth round.

"How could you not with the DJ chants? I heard everything," he said.

"He did an unbelievable job putting pressure on me, making me play some solid golf coming down the end."

Brooks Koepka retained his US PGA Championship title in dramatic fashion, triumphing by two strokes from Dustin Johnson after a stunning back-nine collapse at Bethpage Black.

Having been six clear with eight holes to play, Koepka paid the price for a succession of wild tee shots as he bogeyed the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th amid rising winds, cutting his advantage to a solitary stroke with Johnson having birdied the 15th up ahead.

However, Johnson then wobbled himself, dropping shots at the 16th and 17th to significantly ease the pressure on his fellow American on Sunday.

And although Koepka made yet another bogey on the penultimate hole before finding trouble off the 18th tee, a closing par ensured he became the first man to retain both the Wanamaker Trophy and the U.S. Open, which he will seek to defend at Pebble Beach next month.

Koepka finished the week at eight under after a closing 74. Now firmly established as the dominant figure in golf, the new world number one's last five major appearances have yielded three wins and a second-place finish at last month's Masters. In addition, his haul of four major victories is bettered only by Phil Mickelson (5) and Tiger Woods (15) among active players.

He is only the fifth man to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the PGA Championship and the first since Hal Sutton in 1983.

Johnson, who went round in 69 to ensure he broke par in every round, has now finished second in all four majors, while Jordan Spieth shared third with Patrick Cantlay and Matt Wallace at two under to claim his first top-10 finish since last year's Open Championship. Luke List, one under for the week, was the only other player to break par.

Brooks Koepka was in danger of throwing away the US PGA Championship title in remarkable fashion, as his lead was cut from seven strokes to one by Dustin Johnson in the closing stages of the final round.

Koepka has dominated the week at Bethpage Black and still led by six shots with eight holes to play on Sunday.

However, as the winds rose to make conditions even more challenging than usual, Koepka sensationally recorded four bogeys in succession from the 11th and dropped to nine under, while Johnson birdied the 15th hole for the fourth day in succession to sit just one off the pace.

All of a sudden, a grandstand finale was in prospect, with the long-time leader facing a battle to retain the crown he claimed at Bellerive 12 months ago.

No player has ever let a seven-shot lead slip in the final round of a major, but Koepka was certainly at risk after being punished for a succession of wild tee shots on the back nine.

 

Dustin Johnson closed to within four shots of Brooks Koepka in the final round of the US PGA Championship to raise hopes of an unexpectedly dramatic finale at Bethpage Black.

Koepka began the day leading by seven strokes at 12 under and seemingly set to cruise to a fourth major title inside two years, with Johnson one of four men sharing second.

However, while the reigning PGA champion failed to improve on his score over the front nine, fellow American Johnson picked up three shots to reach eight under.

No other player was remotely close to Koepka, who missed a number of fairways early in his round but generally found himself far enough down holes to leave approaches relatively simple.

A sloppy bogey at the first for the runaway leader was cancelled out by a routine birdie at the long fourth, where he reached the green in two before two-putting.

Koepka then rounded out the outward nine with five pars, safe in the knowledge that he did not need anything spectacular. While his play from tee to green was not as stunning as earlier in the week, his distance control on the greens was exceptional and he remained firmly in control of his own destiny.

Amid gusting winds in New York, Johnson - the 2016 U.S. Open winner - was playing superbly. He birdied the fourth, sixth and ninth, with a couple of other opportunities going begging on the greens.

Matt Wallace and Jazz Janewattananond shared third, seven strokes behind Koepka at five under par.

Runaway leader Brooks Koepka remained in complete control of the US PGA Championship after overcoming a brief wobble at the start of his final round.

Koepka was seeking to complete a stunning wire-to-wire victory at Bethpage Black, having stormed clear of the field in search of his fourth major title inside two years.

The 29-year-old began Sunday at 12 under, with nearest rivals Dustin Johnson, Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List and Harold Varner III all seven off the pace.

A sloppy bogey at the first from Koepka provided a glimmer of hope for the chasing pack and Johnson soon improved to six under, a birdie at the par-five fourth moving him to within five of the lead.

However, Koepka then picked up a shot on the long fourth himself, stretching his advantage to six strokes with 14 holes to play.

Varner, playing in the final group with Koepka, briefly reached six under with a brilliant birdie at the first, only to then fall away badly. A double bogey for Varner at the third was followed by another on four, where he lost a ball hacking away in heavy rough.

 

Brooks Koepka had history in his sights as he prepared to begin the final round of the US PGA Championship with a commanding seven-stroke lead.

Victory at Bethpage's Black Course appeared a formality for Koepka, who was seeking to become the first man to be a reigning two-time champion of the U.S. Open and PGA Championship at the same time.

The record winning margin in the PGA was also well within the leader's sights. Rory McIlroy set that benchmark with an eight-shot triumph in 2012 and Koepka was seven clear with 18 holes to play.

At 12 under, the runaway leader - due out at 2:35pm local time (7:35pm BST) - needed a 65 in the final round to improve on the lowest aggregate score of 264 he set at Bellerive 12 months ago.

World number one Dustin Johnson was one of four men sharing second at five under, along with Jazz Janewattananond, Harold Varner III and Luke List, while Hideki Matsuyama and Matt Wallace were a further shot back.

However, all those players knew a significant slip-up from Koepka was required if they were to have any chance, a scenario that appeared unlikely given his recent form in the biggest events.

A fourth major win inside two years would leave Koepka behind only Phil Mickelson (5) and Tiger Woods (15) among active players.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka has no doubts he will win the US PGA Championship after claiming a record seven-shot lead heading into the final round.

Back-to-back US PGA titles appear to be a foregone conclusion for record-setting Koepka, who earned the largest 54-hole lead in tournament history on Saturday.

Relentless in his pursuit of a fourth major trophy, two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Koepka carded an even-par 70 to improve to 12 under at Bethpage Black.

Asked if there were any doubts in his mind about retaining his crown in New York on Sunday, Koepka replied: "No.

"I feel confident. I feel good. I feel excited. I'm excited. I was excited just to get to the course today, and then try to build that lead, but didn't happen. It's a tough day. It would have been really hard to shoot four or five under. I don't know if anybody did that today or not, but it was a difficult day, and any time the wind's going to be blowing 15 at Bethpage Black, you're in for a real test.

"I feel confident going into tomorrow. I don't know what the forecast is. But if I can hit a few fairways, there's really a couple key holes out here, you know, you play seven well, play 10 and 12 well, and then from there, you just hit the centre of the greens and try to par this place to death."

The field has been powerless to stop Koepka, who is on track to become the first man to win back-to-back U.S. Open and US PGA titles.

World number one Dustin Johnson (69), Harold Varner III (67), Jazz Janewattananond (67) and Luke List (69) are Koepka's nearest challengers ahead of the fourth round.

"I'm definitely not going to let up; I promise you that," Koepka told reporters. "I'm just trying to hit the best possible shot I can at the time.

"I feel like when I'm over the shot, I'm very confident. I feel good about it, and if I'm not, I'm going to back off.

"Most of the time, I'm pretty anxious to hit while the guy's ball's in the air. I've got to wait on the crowd to calm down a little bit. I enjoy the confidence I have and what I'm playing with right now."

"I'd love to force it on the field and I can make it where it's as big as a lead as I possibly can get," Koepka said. "I mean, it would be nice to be able to make a 10 on the last hole and be okay. But I'm just playing to play good golf, and wherever that puts me, I'll be satisfied if I just go play one more good round."

Dustin Johnson accepted he will need "some help" from runaway leader Brooks Koepka to have any chance of winning the US PGA Championship.

Koepka will carry a record seven-stroke lead into the final round at Bethpage Black in New York as he bids to retain his title.

Johnson is in a four-way tie for second at five under after carding a one-under 69 in the third round.

The world number one knows Koepka – who shot a 70 to get to 12 under and grab the biggest 54-hole lead in tournament history – is in control.

"I'm going to need some help from him," Johnson said.

"Then, I'm going to have to play very, very well."

Johnson was left to rue a poor back nine, where he mixed four bogeys with two birdies after reaching seven under at one stage.

The 2016 U.S. Open champion was satisfied with his form, but lamented some missed chances.

"I felt like I played well, just made too many bogeys. It wasn't one thing or the other. Wind got me a couple times," Johnson said.

"Hit some drives that I thought should have ended up better than they did.

"Seemed like every time I got just a little bit out of position, I made bogey. Missed quite a few short birdie putts. Missed a couple short par putts.

"Overall, I felt like I swung the golf club very well. I drove it well. I putted well. I missed a few short ones."

Brooks Koepka earned the largest 54-hole lead in US PGA Championship history as the runaway star continued his quest towards a fourth major title.

History awaits defending champion Koepka, who tops the leaderboard by seven strokes after Saturday's third round in Farmingdale, New York.

Koepka carded an even-par 70 as the American improved to 12 under heading into the final day at Bethpage Black, where a group of four players – including world number one Dustin Johnson – require a dramatic capitulation for the titleholder to be dethroned.

After rounds of 63 and 65 set up a commanding advantage, Saturday's third round did not come as easily to two-time reigning U.S. Open champion Koepka.

Koepka birdied two of his opening five holes before the first sign of a wobble – the 29-year-old recording back-to-back bogeys at the ninth and 10th.

He had been two under through eight holes but dropped shots saw him fall back to even par for the round, though the five-time PGA Tour winner was still in complete control at the end of play – with Koepka on track to become the first man to win back-to-back U.S. Open and US PGA trophies.

Johnson (69), Harold Varner III (67), Jazz Janewattananond (67) and Luke List (69) are Koepka's nearest challengers at five under.

Seeking his second major title, Johnson reached seven under at one stage before four bogeys on the back nine – including the 18th – saw the 2016 U.S. Open winner end the day in a four-way tie.

Australian Adam Scott and American Jordan Spieth – both former world number ones – failed to make ground as they posted third-round 72s.

Scott and Spieth were Koepka's nearest rivals at the start of the day, however, the pair dropped into a tie for eighth – nine shots off the pace.

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