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.
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?
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)
Q. You find yourself in a familiar place, near the lead in a major, what’s the plan for tomorrow?
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)
Given your huge experience winning Majors over the years, what’s it going to take to get this one done?
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)
What could it take this weekend to go back to back this weekend and defend your title?
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)