SUBSCRIBE TO US Bogey, bogey, bogey.This was not what Brooks Koepka had in mind when he was thinking about three in a row at the PGA Championship.Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park.“I thought I played a lot better than the score reflected,” Koepka said. “I made one bad swing.”One bad swing and a couple of bad breaks led to the bogeys that undermined what was an otherwise solid day. He bounced back with a pair of birdies down the stretch to shoot 1-under 69 and finish at 7 under. He’s in the same spot he was coming into the day — two shots out of the lead. But instead of tied for second, he’s tied for fourth. And instead of chasing Li Haotong, he’s trying to catch his workout buddy, 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 65.“I’ve been in this position before and capitalized,” said Koepka, who overcame a one-shot deficit for his first major victory, the 2017 U.S. Open. “DJ’s only won once. I’m playing good, so we’ll see.”Also in the group of 17 players within four shots of the lead are Justin Rose (6 under) and Jason Day (6 under), who have won one major apiece. Koepka has won four. Nobody else in that bunch has any.“A lot of experience is what I can bring to it,” Koepka said.He said the stiff hip that brought the trainer out to work on him during Friday’s second round is not an issue. If it was bothering him in the third round, it didn’t show.At one point late in the afternoon, Koepka was one of 15 players within two shots of the lead. He had pulled within one, and didn’t have a single bogey on his card, when he hit his approach shot out of the fairway long, and short-sided himself in back of the 13th green. He missed a 15-foot putt for par for his first bogey.His approach from out of the rough on 14 left him short-sided in a greenside bunker en route to bogey No. 2.Then, on 15, he short-sided his approach and followed with a delicate shot out of thick rough that did not reach the green. He almost chipped in to save par, but the ball slid barely past.“It’s mistakes you can’t” make, Koepka said. “I short-sided myself. If you’re going to miss here, you have to miss on the correct side.”By the time the bogey string was over, he was 1 over for the day, four shots out of the lead and in comeback mode. Now, he’ll be facing a Sunday unlike his last two PGAs. Last year, he went into the final round with a seven-shot lead and never let anyone near. In 2018, he came in with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott and ended up holding off Tiger Woods.This time — that same two-shot deficit he had coming into Saturday. But as he walked off the course, he made it clear he found neither the deficit nor that group clustered near the top of the leaderboard to be obstacles he couldn’t overcome.“It’s just a comfort level,” Koepka said. “I feel very comfortable around the lead in the big events. … It should be a fun shootout.”Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST Three-peat? 3 Straight Bogeys Leave Koepka In Neutral At PGA Now, if he’s going to become the first player to three-peat at the PGA since Walter Hagen did it in the 1920s, he’ll have to win his first in come-from-behind fashion. It’s all because of those three straight 5s he made — on the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th holes Saturday at chilly Harding Park First Published: 9th August, 2020 09:29 IST COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW US
SPEAKING at the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) meeting of the Americas and Caribbean and addressing a room full of sports enthusiasts, some of whom are serving members of their respective governments, Acting President Moses Nagamootoo, yesterday challenged the gathering to use the Commonwealth Games and the Federation to help rebuild the hurricane-devastated region.The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) facilitated a two-day meeting where a number of important issues, regarding the Caribbean and the Americas involvement in the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the 2022 edition, were discussed.Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, forcing a number of residents to evacuate, and those who weren’t affected, to lend a hand to help rebuild.Nagamootoo heads a Ministerial Task Force that is responsible for overseeing the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) National Risk Reduction Platform efforts, in Guyana’s bid to support the hurricane-affected Caribbean countries.According to the Prime Minister, who is currently performing the duties as President in the absence of President David Granger, sports should be seen and used as more than just a tool to bring glory to one’s country, but also to highlight the world’s issues, whatever they might be.“We all feel an elevation of the spirit and we all feel that we are triumphant because sports represent for me, the human value that rises above difficulties and challenge,” Nagamootoo said.He added “we have a responsibility to use sports to help to rebuild, to meet the many challenges, the policies and strategies that Governments cannot remedy successfully.“Drug abuse, the crime epidemic, particularly among young people…and sports we count on, to deal with these social scorches, and every time you plan a Commonwealth Games, and you mobilise in all our countries, it would help to bring young people into the centre of the pitch” the Acting President highlighted.Nagamootoo drew attention to a 1963 Cricket memoir, of Cyril Lionel Robert James – `Beyond a Boundary’ – to emphasise a point that Sports can be used to bring more than just the joy of winning to someone.CLR James described his memoir as “neither cricket reminiscences nor autobiography”, as mixed social commentary, particularly on the place of cricket in the West Indies and England, with commentary on the game, and argued that what happened inside the “Boundary Line” in cricket affected life beyond it.“Back in those days we have people like Sir Learie Constantine in cricket; they not only came out from the boundaries to the middle of the pitch, but they went out to the middle of Lord’s, in the Empire, where they played at Lord’s against our masters and won.Sports represented what Politics couldn’t do for us; becoming a people who felt that we had power beyond any consciousness that we thought we had,” Nagamootoo stated.Meanwhile, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin, in her address, also spoke of the ravaged Caribbean states, and added that she’s confident of region rebuilding and the Federation’s interest to help in whatever regard.