Major history, monks and Matt Wallace magic were all part of an enthralling third day of the the US PGA Championship.
Here is everything you need to know from Saturday and Bethpage State Park BK Course.
Koepka marches on
Brooks Koepka maintained his seven shot lead to remain the red hot favourite and move to the cusp of history at Bethpage Black. After breaking records over days one and two, he was at it again to take the biggest 54 hole lead in US PGA Championship history, and more will go if he can hold off a chasing pack led by Jazz Janewattananond, Dustin Johnson, Harold Varner III and Luke List. He will become the the first player in history to win both the US PGA Championship and U.S. Open back to back, in the process becoming the first player to hold two Major titles back to back simultaneously. A fourth win in eight Majors will also see him join Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win so many in so short a span. Asked if he had any doubts of victory, Koepka had a resounding answer: "No."
Bethpage dances to Jazz's tune
Janewattananond captured the imagination of fans and media alike on Saturday not only with his brilliant 67 but his story. He made his first Asian Tour cut at 14, turned professional at 15, spent two weeks living with monks at 21 and won his first Asian Tour title not long after. If he can reel in Koepka on Sunday for glory, he will - literally - become the biggest name ever to win a Major, overtaking Mark Calcavecchia and Wille Auchterlonie.
Thumbs up for Phil
It's safe to say that Phil Mickelson has been a bit of a revelation since joining Twitter but would you ever have expected anything else? A wonderful player and fan favourite, on Saturday morning Lefty pledged to break his 'thumbs up' record, set at the 2009 U.S. Open here at Bethpage. He says he did 984 in a round a decade ago and this time he was going for a thousand. Did he do it? Can you count them? It doesn't really matter. We just love Phil doing Phil things, even if he didn't get those birdies.
Going for the record today.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) May 18, 2019
I need 6-7 birdies to warrant this many thumbs up. Let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/8tuXE5zKd0
A wonder shot from Wallace
This doesn't need much introduction. Just wow.
The Golden Bear has spoken
When Jack Nicklaus talks, the golfing world listens.
Lot of golf left but you have to shake your head at @BKoepka’s record-setting results for 2 days of @PGAChampionship! Just terrific! He’s playing a different course, a different game, but could end up with the same result in a major he has had 3 times in less than 2 years.— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) May 18, 2019