PGA Tour

Koepka seeks first PGA win

2013-10-13 13:08
Brooks Koepka (AP Photo)

San Martin - Brooks Koepka fired a four-under 67 on Saturday to take his lead to two strokes after three rounds of the Frys.com Open, where he's seeking a first US PGA Tour title.

The 23-year-old, who has European Tour status after winning three times this year on Europe's Challenge Tour developmental circuit, had six birdies and two bogeys to build a 54-hole total of 15-under 198, two strokes in front of George McNeill and Jason Kokrak.

Kokrak carded a 68 while McNeill climbed the leaderboard with a course-record equaling nine-under par 62 for 200.

Jimmy Walker also notched a 62 at CordeValle Golf Club, and was in a group on 201 alongside former world number one and three-time major champion Vijay Singh of Fiji and American Robert Garrigus.

Singh posted a 65, while Garrigus carded a 68.

While Koepka's success on the Challenge Tour has earned his playing privileges on the European Tour, the Floridian could earn US PGA Tour status with a win on Sunday.

The $5 million tournament, formerly part of the season-ending "Fall Finish," is this year the first event in the US Tour's new-style 2013-2014 season, with FedEx Cup playoff points on offer and a Masters berth for the winner.

"I've just got to approach it the same way," Koepka told the Golf Channel of his strategy for Sunday. "We've got a good game plan and things seem to be going pretty well. I just have to stick to it and everything will take care of itself."

Kokrak birdied his last two holes on Saturday to get into the final group on Sunday.

His round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-four first, where he holed out from 130 yards.

Kokrak, who is also chasing his first US PGA Tour title, was runner-up here last year to Sweden's Jonas Blixt.

McNeill had 10 birdies and one bogey in his 62.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "Sixty-two, I don't know how it could ever not be fun."

Walker also had 10 birdies and a lone bogey as he tied the course record he set himself in the final round last year.

Read more on:    pga tour  |  frys.com open  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.