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Questions For Koepka, JT, Rickie, Tiger After Day 3 at PGA

A look at some of the questions to, and answer from, the top players after the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, where Brooks Koepka leads with a three-day score of 12-under par (69-63-66).

Players featured include Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods, and Justin Thomas.


BROOKS KOEPKA

You mentioned a couple names there. There’s a lot of star power in like the top 10, 12 spots up there. As you grab a meal tonight, is that something you think about, do you think about who is up there with you, or are you concentrating on Brooks Koepka?

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Brooks Koepka tees off on the fifth hole during day three of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St Louis, MO. Credit: Streeter Lecka/PGAA via Getty Images

KOEPKA: I’m just focused on me. I feel like, if I do what I’m supposed to, I should win the golf tournament. Yeah, there’s a lot of star power, and it should be, it’s a Major championship. You should see the best players in the world come to the top.

And that’s what you have, and that’s what’s going to make this event very exciting to watch tomorrow.


1 KOEPKA – 69-63-66 (-12)


RICKIE FOWLER

Q. You find yourself in a familiar place, near the lead in a major, what’s the plan for tomorrow?

Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler tees off on the 12th hole during round three of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St. Louis, MO. Credit: Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

FOWLER: I feel like the game plan we’ve had this week and how we’ve been going about playing the course — this golf course really suits me. I feel like I can play it very well.

I feel like I’m in a good spot with the game. So the biggest thing is, yeah, like you mentioned, is not getting ahead of yourself, sticking to the game plan, not trying to be — can’t be perfect, but not trying to do anything extra special, staying within myself and just taking care of the shots that I can hit and what I can control.

So I’m looking forward to getting a little bit of hour or two of rest and get right back out.


T3 FOWLER – 65-67-69 (-9)


TIGER WOODS

Given your huge experience winning Majors over the years, what’s it going to take to get this one done?

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the No. 2 hole in the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St. Louis, MO. Credit: Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

WOODS: Another low round. The golf course is playing soft, it’s gettable, you have to make birdies. Look at that front nine. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par. That’s just the nature of the way it’s playing right now.

It’s soft, it’s plugging, we’re able to hold 4-irons, 5-irons, whatever we want, at the flags. Because of that, you got to make birdies.


T6 WOODS – 70-66-66 (-8)


JUSTIN THOMAS

What could it take this weekend to go back to back this weekend and defend your title?

Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas on the seventh tee during the third round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive CC in St Louis, MO. Credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

THOMAS: As cliche as it is, just beat everybody else. I’m in a good position. I’m in a lot better position than I was when I came out here this morning, which is great. I accomplished what I needed to do.

There’s a lot of golf left on a very gettable golf course. But at the same time, it can show its teeth if you’re not driving it well. If I continue to drive it well and get that putter rolling like I did this morning, then I feel confident.


T6 THOMAS – 69-65-68 (-8)

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