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Brooks Koepka With Another 63 In The PGA

May 16, 2019 - 2:19 pm

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship on Thursday at Bethpage Black .

Brooks Koepka is the first player to shoot 63 in consecutive years at major championships.

Koepka's defense of his PGA Championship got off to a record start when he holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole for a 7-under 63 to set the course record at Bethpage Black.

It was the 17th round of 63 at the PGA Championship, and Koepka became the first player to do it twice. He also had a 63 last year at Bellerive on his way to winning the Wanamaker Trophy.

Vijay Singh and Greg Norman are the only other players with two rounds of 63 at majors. Singh first did it at Inverness in the 1993 PGA Championship, and again at Olympia Fields in the 2003 U.S. Open. Norman did it at the 1986 British Open when he won at Turnberry, and in the opening round of the 1996 Masters.

Koepka had a four-shot lead among the early starters at Bethpage.

Already six shots behind at the turn, Tiger Woods has turned it around on the front nine at the PGA Championship.

Woods, who had a pair of double bogeys on the back nine at Bethpage Black, made back-to-back birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie chance at the par-3 third and then holed a 30-foot eagle putt on the fourth hole.

That put Woods at 1 under through 13 holes.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka was still at 5 under and led by two over Tommy Fleetwood and Luke List.

Only 12 of the 78 players who started Thursday morning were under par.

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