On Sunday at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course Brooks Koepka (-6) will enter the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship one shot back of overnight leader Phil Mickelson
Louis Oosthuizen was 5-under-par, one clear of Kevin Streelman and two ahead of countrymen Branden Grace and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
Of the names atop the leaderboard, Mickelson will be the clear rooting favorite among the golf fans but Koepka is the clear betting favorite.
Asked what it means to be in the final group with a potential fifth major just 18 holes away, Koepka said, “It just feels good, feels normal. It’s what you’re supposed to do, what you practice for.
“I’m right where I want to be, and we’ll see how tomorrow goes. Just be within any within three of the lead going into the back nine and you’ve got a chance.”
With that, here are the storylines, and things to know, if Koepka starts pulling away and ends up in the winner’s circle.
Pro-File: Brooks Koepka
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 205 lb
Birthdate: May 3 (age 31)
Native: West Palm Beach, Fla
Residence: Jupiter, Fla
College: Florida State
Brooks Koepka’s 2021 PGA Stats
Rounds: 69-71-70 (-6)
Driving: 314.6 (8th)
Fairways: 54.8%, 23/42 (57th)
Greens: 70.4%, 38/54 (3rd)
Putts/GIR: 1.711 (17th)
With a win on Sunday at the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka…
- Dynasty: Would become the first player in the stroke-play era to win three (3) PGA Championships in four (4) years. (Nicklaus won three in five.)
- Fab Five: Would become just the fifth player in history (match play and stroke-play) to win at least three (3) career PGA Championships. (Nicklaus and Hagen won five (5); Woods owns four (4); Sarazen and Snead won three (3) times.)
- Top 20: Would be become just the 20th player in history to win at least five (5) major championships.
- Historic Company: Would join Phil Mickelson, Seve Ballesteros, Peter Thomson, Byron Nelson, John Henry Taylor, and James Braid as five-time major winners.
- Generational Dominance: Would own five majors since 2017, while no one else has more than one during the same time span.
- Top 5: Would move to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
- Brooks Bucks: Would move to No. 3 on the PGA Tour’s Money List.