Tour Championship: Koepka One-Shot Clear of McIlroy, Schauffele

Brooks Koepka
Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the 6th tee during the third round of the TOUR Championship at East Lake GC on Aug 24, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

At East Lake Golf Club, Brooks Koepka shot a 3-under 67 and will enter the Tour Championship’s final round one-shot clear of Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele.

Wrapping up his weather-delayed third set on Sunday morning, Koepka signed for a card comprised of 11 pars, two bogeys and five birdies, highlighted by a final-hole gain, to reach 15-under par.

While Koepka is (rightfully) known for being a big game player, Schauffele is starting to get a similar reputation, and following a third-round 67, highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par-3 9th, the San Diego native put himself in prime position to shine on the ultimate big stage.

At 14-under par, Schauffele moved into a tie for the second spot with McIlroy (68) at 14-under par, just one off the lead.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, was cruising along at 1-under par on the day and part of the lead pack at 13 under. But a disastrous triple bogey on No. 16 sent him plummeting back to his Starting Score of 10 under, and while he gained a shot back on 17, he will enter the final round four off the pace of Koepka and three back of both McIlroy and Schauffele. Translation: No chance.

Paul Casey shot a 68 to move to T4 on 11-under par alongside Thomas.

Round-3 Leaders

Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1 Brooks Koepka -15 (-3)
2 Xander Schauffele -14 (-3)
2 Rory McIlroy -14 (-2)
4 Justin Thomas -11 (+1)
4 Paul Casey -11 (-2)

Round-4 Pairings

2:10 Brooks Koepka (-15), Rory McIlroy (-14)
2:00 Xander Schauffele (-14), Paul Casey (-11)
1:50 Justin Thomas (-11), Hideki Matsuyama (-6)
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