A mad race for Mickelson and 18 holes far from history | Golf
“I don’t really dwell on what happened today,” he said.
Sunday should get his attention, starting with the guy who joins him in the final group. Koepka survived what he called the worst putt of his career. Statistically he was in the middle of the field, but he missed a 6-foot par on the last hole for a 70 which cost him a share of the lead.
It doesn’t matter. At stake for Koepka is a chance to win his third Wanamaker Trophy in four years. No one has won the PGA Championship so often so quickly since switching to stroke play in 1958.
“I’m in the final group,” Koepka said. “This is what you want.”
Mickelson was 7 under 209. Despite all his success in the majors – five wins, second in all four of them – this is only the third time he has held the lead of the 54 holes.
Koepka, shaking off the effects of ligament surgery on his right knee that limited him to two tournaments in three months before arriving at Kiawah, was not surprised to have another blow to a middle finger. He already has four in the past five years.
“It feels good, it feels normal. It’s what you’re supposed to do, what you train for,” he said. “I’m exactly where I want to be, and we’ll see how tomorrow goes.”
Louis Oosthuizen started the third round tied with Mickelson and had a three-putt long bogey. The South African never caught up, although he had his chances until he missed a 4-foot bird putt on the 16th par-5 and a 5-foot putt on the 17th par-3. .