The PGA: Scott roars, but Koepka by 7

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Adam Scott ran hot during his second round 64. Image: Getty

Adam Scott hovered today to the rankings at the American PGA Championship in New York, but American Brooks Koepka has turned the second major of the year into an exhibition

Scott shot a six-under par 64 on Bethpage Black today, threatening the course record of 63 set by Koepka in the first round until the Australian inexplicable three-putted on the 17th green, missing a par putt of less than a meter.

But Scott, who finished third in the PGA championship last year, is second after two rounds after his start of 71-66.

The Queenslander had an excessive start today with his round on Long Island, using his long putter to figure out birdie for the first three holes – eight meters, 12 meters and nine meters. Another birdie on the fifth placed him exactly in the mix, and his momentum was strong, precisely to the point that his daring disappointed him at 17.

Eventually, at the age of eighteen, he had to get sidelined from a terrible lie on the edge of a fairway, and from there he made a great, clambering par.

"It's not easy, nothing," he said afterwards. "I did a pretty good job today to stay out of trouble and I had to climb a few times."

Scott said his hot start came because Bethpage allowed players to catch up. "It is important to put those first four holes on the right foot and that can prepare you for a great day."

Koepka started hot and rode in 370 meters on the first hole, leaving three early birdies. But he had his first two bogeys of the week to prove his fallibility, one shot at the par-four tenth of a fairway fall, and again at the 17th with a long-distance three-putt, and later said he lost his wave.

In between the American was great again, 65 shooting with an exclamation point birdie down the hill from just within four meters at the par-four 18th.

His 128 is the lowest total of 36 holes in the history of the men's championship, with which he beat the previous figure of 130 held by a bunch of players. "I feel good, especially the way I fought today. In order not to get it and get that score, I am very proud of myself," he said later. "I fought hard."

American Jordan Spieth is next to Scott in fifth-bottom in second place after a 66 today. World number 1 Dustin Johnson is in the group at four-under.

Head champion Tiger Woods played with Koepka and was shot 17 times at the expense of his playing partner, seeing the cut over five and complaining of poor health. "Exactly as it goes," said Woods. "Sometimes I don't feel well and I can't do it."

Of the other Australians, Jason Day, Cameron Smith and Lucas Herbert have all done the cut, but they are well back in the pack. Herbert hung a long birdie-putt of almost 10 meters in the par-four 18th to get on the dividing line and hit the sky for his performance. The Victorian had sung on the 16th and 17th to place himself outside the four-to-par line, but took a shot when he had to.

Marc Leishman & # 39; s recent review attempts saw him missing, along with club professionals Stuart Deane and Craig Hocknull and the Japanese tour star Brendan Jones.


-12 Brooks Koepka

-5 Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth

-4 Dustin Johnson, Daniel Berger, Kelly Kraft, Matt Wallace, Luke List

Other Aussies:

+3 Jason Day, Cameron Smith

+4 Lucas Herbert

+8 Marc Leishman

+ 15 Brendan Jones

+ 18 Stuart Deane

+ 19 Craig Hocknull

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