Brooks Koepka holds a excellent seven-shot lead after 36 holes of the PGA Championship and is threatening to triumph in a technique hardly seen in golf’s largest events.
After opening the match with a course-record 63 at Bethpage Black, Koepka shot 65 Friday to information by a whopping seven strokes at 12 beneath. His mixture score of 128 is the underside recorded in a major.
Koepka, 29, now has a golden different to retain his PGA crown and earn a fourth major title inside the home of two years.
With Koepka on course to record a dominant victory, Omnisport takes a have a take a look at the most important margins of victory at each major (since they have been carried out over 72 holes).
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – 8 STROKES (Rory McIlroy, 2012)
Two of McIlroy’s 4 major victories thus far have been runaway successes.
He gained the 2011 U.S. Open by eight images and repeated the feat throughout the following yr’s PGA Championship at Kiawah Island to set a record throughout the event, one which now appears considerably beneath threat from Koepka.
In 2012, McIlroy was two off the tempo after 36 holes nevertheless opened up a three-stroke lead in a third spherical interrupted by thunderstorms.
The final day then turn into a procession as McIlroy shot 66 to reach 13 beneath, with England’s David Lynn a distant second at 5 beneath.
BRITISH OPEN – 8 STROKES (J.H. Taylor, 1900, 1913; James Braid, 1908; Tiger Woods, 2000)
Old Tom Morris triumphed by 13 strokes throughout the Open Championship of 1862, nevertheless that match was a 36-hole affair, as have been the 1869 and 1870 events when Young Tom Morris gained by 11 and 12 images, respectively.
The 72-hole record is shared by Taylor, Braid and Woods. Taylor twice gained by eight in 1900 and 1913 at St. Andrews and Royal Liverpool, with Braid doing likewise at Prestwick in 1908
Woods equaled that margin with a history-making effectivity in 2000, all through a interval of unparalleled dominance that yielded 4 successive major victories – the “Tiger Slam.”
A Woods victory appeared inevitable at St. Andrews when he led by three on the halfway stage and he streaked further clear to finish at 19 beneath. That score stood as a record in majors for 15 years and likewise seen Woods full the career Grand Slam on the age of 24.
THE MASTERS – 12 STROKES (Tiger Woods, 1997)
Twenty-two years earlier to his excellent success at this yr’s Masters and the fruits of a stunning comeback from career-threatening accidents, Woods pulled off a truly astonishing effectivity at Augusta.
Tiger was 4-over after 9 holes nevertheless recovered to shoot 70 on day one, sooner than sensationally surging to the best with rounds of 66 and 65.
A closing 69 took Woods to a full of 18 beneath – a scoring record later equaled by Jordan Spieth in 2015 – and victory by a dozen images. At that point, no individual had ever gained by such a margin in a 72-hole major.
Tiger Woods’ 15 majors:
1999 PGA Championship
2000 U.S. Open
2000 The Open
2000 PGA Championship
2002 U.S. Open
2005 The Open
2006 The Open
2006 PGA Championship
2007 PGA Championship
2008 U.S. Open
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– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 14 April 2019
THE U.S. OPEN – 15 STROKES (Tiger Woods, 2000)
Incredibly, Woods would go on to record a superb higher win in 2000, as Pebble Beach – the venue for this yr’s U.S. Open – carried out host to basically essentially the most dominant major effectivity in historic previous.
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ernie Els shared second at 3-over par, illustrating the troublesome circumstances on the hyperlinks course.
Woods, nonetheless, was engaged on a wholly completely totally different stage and cruised to a 12-under full to prevail by a frankly ridiculous 15 strokes.
No one has come close to worthwhile in such a vogue since, nevertheless which can be about to range primarily based totally on Koepka’s first 36 holes at Bethpage.