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Friday, May 17, 2019

Koepka Makes History While Woods Heads Home

Bethpage Black proved too much for the recently revitalized Tiger Woods. His disappointing 73 today resulted in Woods missing the cut by a single stroke. Picked by many to content and by some to win it looks like Woods still has work to do to find the consistency in his game that once made him the most feared player in the game.

Time is certainly not on the side of Mr. Woods. Every round played means just that much more wear and tear on his repaired body. And, as the saying goes, Father Time remains undefeated. We'll just have to wait and see what sort of game Woods is able to bring to this year's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in just 4-weeks.

Meanwhile, the current most feared player in the majors proved that he has every plan of continuing his recent dominance. Brooks Koepka made history today by carding 128 for his two days of work. That is the lowest 36-hole score ever recorded in major championship history. His 12-under score has him lapping the field with a lead of 7-strokes.

Koepka is chasing another monumental piece of history this weekend as well. If he should go on to win the 2019 PGA Championship it would mean that he would become the first player to ever be the current back-to-back major champion in two different events; the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open as well as the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship.

As far as the balance of the tournament goes, there is an amazing field still trying to chase down Koepka. Somewhat surprisingly, Jordan Spieth has found some form and is currently tied with Adam Scott at 5-under for 2nd place. All within 3 shots of their score sits a group of powerful players like Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, and Tommy Fleetwood. If not for Koepka, we would be talking about a thrilling weekend of golf coming up.

We're getting a bit ahead of ourselves here, of course, because a lot can happen over 36 holes in a major championship. Tomorrow will let us know if we're watching a competitive tournament on Sunday or if we'll just be tuning in to make sure Koepka doesn't throw away an opportunity at history. Interesting times.

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