Brooks Koepka charges clear as Tiger Woods misses cut at US PGA

Brooks Koepka (right) stamped his authority on the US PGA as Tiger Woods toiled.
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The 29-year-old shot a course-record 63 on day one and added a 65 Friday to stretch his lead to seven shots at 12 under to stamp his authority on the 101st US PGA Championship at Bethpage.

Despite the Black course’s fearsome reputation, Koepka’s 36-hole score of 128 is a major championship record, his halfway lead is the largest in PGA Championship history, and he bettered the Masters champion by 17 shots as Woods missed the cut.

Even then, Keopka insists he was “battling” his swing a bit.

“Today’s a new day, doesn’t matter what you did yesterday,” the defending champion, who has won three of his last seven majors, told Sky Sports.

“I’m very pleased. It’s a tough golf course, you’ve really got to battle and I’m proud of the way I hung in there.

The only person who can beat Brooks Koepka heading into the final round of the US PGA is likely to be himself.