The Latest: McIlroy offers a zinger of his own at Koepka
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The latest from the PGA Championship, the first golf major of the year, at TPC Harding Park:
Rory McIlroy is known to speak his mind. And he thinks Brooks Koepka has taken honesty to another level.
McIlroy says he was surprised when he heard Koepka say about Dustin Johnson that "he's only won one" major while sizing up his chances going into the final round. Koepka has four majors and was going for a third straight PGA Championship.
"If you've won a major championship, you're a hell of a player," McIlroy said. "Doesn't mean you've only won one. You've won one, and you've had to do a lot of good things to do that."
McIlroy then delivered his own zinger.
"Sort of hard to knock a guy that's got 21 wins on the PGA Tour, which is three times what Brooks has," he said.
Koepka has seven PGA Tour victories, including his four majors.
As for McIlroy, he closed with a 2-under 68 and was at 2-under 278, no chance of winning. McIlroy had seven straight top 10s, including a victory, until golf was halted by the pandemic. When it resumed in June, he now has gone six straight tournaments without a top 10.
He also hasn't won a major since 2014.
"I go out there and try my best every single day," McIlroy said. "Some days I play better than others, and just got to keep going and keep persisting and see if you can do better the next time."
Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler each opened their rounds with birdies. That brought Johnson to 10 under, still one shot ahead of Scheffler.
Also off to a hot start are Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau. Playing in the fourth-to-last group, they each opened with a pair of birdies to get to 8 under.
Johnson is looking for his second major. He has taken the lead into the final round of three majors before but hasn't closed out any of them.
Brooks Koepka, in search of a PGA three-peat, had a bogey on No. 2 and is 6 under - four out of the lead.
Jordan Spieth, who played early and shot 67, said he wouldn't be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine.
As if the final round of the PGA Championship didn't have enough possibilities, Jordan Spieth finished his final round at Harding Park and said the back nine was set up for good scoring.
Spieth said he wouldn't be surprised if someone shot a 30 on the back nine. He said except for the pin at the par-3 11th, most are in spots where birdies can be made.
Moments later, Byeong Hun An made a hole-in-one on No. 11. It was the first ace at a major in which no one cheered because no spectators are allowed.
Dustin Johnson goes into the final round with a one-shot lead, with 20 players separated by five shots.
As for Spieth? He closed with a 67, again finishing back in the pack. Since winning the third leg of the career Grand Slam at Royal Birkdale in the 2017 British Open, Spieth hasn't won any tournament. This is the third straight major he will finish at least 10 shots out of the lead.
Updated August 9, 2020