PGA Tour: Emiliano Grillo wins play-off to claim Charles Schwab Challenge as Harry Hall misses out | Golf News

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Emiliano Grillo won the Charles Schwab Challenge 66 years after Argentinian Roberto de Vicenzo; it is Grillo’s second victory on the PGA Tour; England’s Harry Hall misses out on play-off by one shot after bogey on final hole; Scottie Scheffler makes hole-in-one during final round

Last Updated: 29/05/23 7:59am

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Highlights from the final round at Charles Schwab Challenge

Highlights from the final round at Charles Schwab Challenge

Emiliano Grillo won his second PGA tour title after he edged out Adam Schenk in a double playoff hole at the Charles Schwab Challenge while English golfer Harry Hall finished tied third in Texas on Sunday.

The Argentine was two strokes clear and looked primed to win at Colonial but the 30-year-old hit a memorable double-bogey on the last hole, providing an opening for Schenk to come back into contention, seeking to win his first PGA Tour title.

Grillo hit his drive into a small stream on the final hole which took the ball back roughly 100 yards back in the direction of the tee box before stopping against a rock.

Emiliano Grillo watches his ball sail down a stream after he hit a wayward tee shot on the 18th at Colonial

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Emiliano Grillo watches his ball sail down a stream after he hit a wayward tee shot on the 18th at Colonial

Emiliano Grillo watches his ball sail down a stream after he hit a wayward tee shot on the 18th at Colonial

He decided to take a penalty stroke and landed a two-putt from 20 yards to tie with Schenk at eight under.

Schenk made par on the final hole while English PGA Tour rookie Hall,who held at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds, needed a par on the final hole to compete in the playoff.

Emiliano Grillo held on to secure his second win on the PGA Tour Emiliano Grillo held on to secure his second win on the PGA Tour

Emiliano Grillo held on to secure his second win on the PGA Tour

Hall hit a bogey on the last hole after landing his drive into the water and finished tied in third with world No 1 American Scott Scheffler, whose 67 featured the second hole-in-one of his PGA Tour career, on seven under.

Grillo struck a five-foot birdie putt to claim the title on the second playoff hole to get his first tour win in more than seven years, finishing the tournament on eight-under with 68 on his final day.

“I made a double on 18 [Sunday] and honestly I didn’t care,” Grillo said. “Obviously, I would have liked to get it on the 72nd, but to close with some great swings, great swings there on 18, two great birdies on 16.”

Grillo had a busy front nine, making four birdies and two bogeys as he started to claw toward the top. He added birdies at 12 and 16 – the latter on a putt of nearly 20 feet – to hit 10 under before his adventurous double bogey.

Schenk, who went 66-67-67 to start the tournament, posted three bogeys through his first 13 holes and landed his only birdie of the day at the par-three 16th.

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Harry Hall takes a three-shot halfway lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge; Michael Block finishes last in the 120-strong field; watch round two on Sky Sports Golf on Friday (early coverage from 4pm, full action from 6pm)

Last Updated: 27/05/23 7:45am

Harry Hall has taken a three-shot halfway lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge

Harry Hall has taken a three-shot halfway lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge

Rookie Harry Hall fired four consecutive birdies around the turn as he took a three-shot halfway lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Hall followed his opening round 62 with a 66 as he moved to 12 under par, three clear of American Harris English who lit up his round of 66 with a hole in one at the eighth hole at the Colonial Country Club at Fort Worth, Texas.

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo is a shot further back after a best of the day round of 65.

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Former Walker Cup player Hall is chasing his first PGA Tour win after chalking up two top-10 finishes in his rookie season to date.

Starting at the 10th, he bogeyed the 13th before getting that shot back two holes later and grabbing four straight birdies to strengthen his position at the top of the leaderboard.

That run was ended with a bogey at the third, but he birded the seventh and holed his second attempt to escape a greenside bunker at the eighth after plugging into the side.

Michael Block, the PGA club pro who became the biggest story from the PGA Championship, hit an incredible shot from a bridge at the Charles Schwab Challenge

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Michael Block, the PGA club pro who became the biggest story from the PGA Championship, hit an incredible shot from a bridge at the Charles Schwab Challenge

Michael Block, the PGA club pro who became the biggest story from the PGA Championship, hit an incredible shot from a bridge at the Charles Schwab Challenge

English fared much better at the 170-yard eighth where he produced the first ace at the hole since Jim Furyk in 2011.

Adam Schenk, Byeong Hun An and Robby Shelton were tied for fourth, a stroke behind Grillo and one ahead of Andrew Novak and world number one Scottie Scheffler, who lost in a play-off 12 months ago and had his second consecutive round of 67.

Justin Rose, who won at Colonial five years ago, was tied for ninth at five under after a bogey-free 66.

Michael Block, the 46-year-old club professional from California who earned an invitation after tying for 15th at the US PGA Championship, finished last in the 120-strong field at 15 over par but improved on his opening round of 81 by seven strokes.

Watch round-three coverage from the Charles Schwab Challenge live on Sky Sports Golf from 6pm on Saturday. Early coverage gets under way at 4pm on the same channel.

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Harold Varner III takes two-shot lead after first round at LIV DC in Washington; PGA champion Brooks Koepka level par after shooting opening 72; defending Open champion Cameron Smith tied for third on four under; Varner seeking first LIV win and first win since February 2022

Last Updated: 27/05/23 12:19am

Harold Varner III of RangeGoats GC leads in Washington

Harold Varner III of RangeGoats GC leads in Washington

Harold Varner III made two eagles en route to an eight-under 64 at Trump National Golf Club in Washington, DC, to take the first-round lead in the latest LIV Golf event.

Varner is two clear of James Piot (six-under 66), with a group tied for third at four-under 68 featuring Cameron Smith of Australia, Mito Pereira of Chile, Kevin Na and Andy Ogletree.

Varner opened his round with a bogey at the par-three fourth hole but shrugged it off quickly. After a birdie brought him back to even, he made an eagle-two at the 317-yard, par-four ninth hole.

His second eagle came four holes later at the par-five 13th hole. He followed that with two birdies for a four-under run in three holes. He picked up birdies at the final two par-fives (Nos 18 and 3) to set the pace.

Varner, 32, is seeking his first win on the Saudi-funded LIV circuit. He has had a fine career thus far and tied for 29th at both The Masters and the PGA Championship this season, but his last win came in February 2022 at the Saudi International on the Asian Tour.

Piot and Ogletree are former US Amateur winners among the younger pros hoping to make a mark in the PGA Tour’s upstart rival league. Piot had seven birdies and one bogey on Friday, while Ogletree had five birdies and one bogey.

Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed were among the names tied at three-under 69, while Bryson DeChambeau and Spain’s Sergio Garcia, among others, shot two-under 70.

Brooks Koepka, coming off his fifth career major title on Sunday at the PGA Championship, opened with an even-par 72.

Phil Mickelson is in 44th place after an opening two-over 74.

Varner’s RangeGoats GC are tied with Iron Heads GC for the lead in the team competition at 10 under. Varner, Talor Gooch (70) and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters (72) had their scores count for RangeGoats, while Iron Heads were fuelled by captain Na, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe (69) and Danny Lee of New Zealand (69).

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Brooks Koepka second in US Ryder Cup standings after winning PGA Championship at Oak Hill; five-time major champion, now a member of LIV Golf, would “love” to play for US captain Zach Johnson – watch Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports from September 29-October 1

Last Updated: 22/05/23 8:39pm

Brooks Koepka's PGA Championship victory has boosted his hopes of playing in the Ryder Cup this September

Brooks Koepka’s PGA Championship victory has boosted his hopes of playing in the Ryder Cup this September

Brooks Koepka made a statement to Team USA captain Zach Johnson and increased the likelihood of LIV participation at the Ryder Cup with his PGA Championship victory at Oak Hill.

Johnson said during the second major of the year that it was “premature” to discuss the prospect of LIV players featuring in his team for Rome this September, although now has that as a realistic prospect after Koepka’s two-shot victory in Rochester on Sunday.

The 33-year-old cannot play in PGA Tour events since joining LIV last summer but remains eligible for the Ryder Cup as a member of the PGA of America, with the majors offering Koepka and players from the Saudi circuit the opportunity to earn qualification points.

Watch the moment Koepka claimed a third PGA Championship title with a two-shot victory at Oak Hill

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Watch the moment Koepka claimed a third PGA Championship title with a two-shot victory at Oak Hill

Watch the moment Koepka claimed a third PGA Championship title with a two-shot victory at Oak Hill

Koepka discussed the prospect of making a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup appearance ahead of his latest major victory, saying he would love to represent Team USA, with the three-time PGA Championship winner having a plan to force his way into consideration.

“If you go second, first, first, first, it would be kind of tough not to (get a) pick, right?” Koepka said. “If you go handle business, I feel like I should be fine. I just play my best and see what happens from there, but I would love to play for him [Zach Johnson].”

Victory over Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland is his fifth major title and follows his runner-up finish at The Masters last month.

The two results have parachuted the former world No 1 to second in the US Ryder Cup qualification standings.

Speaking ahead of his victory in Rochester, Koepka said he would love to play for Zach Johnson in the Ryder Cup

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Speaking ahead of his victory in Rochester, Koepka said he would love to play for Zach Johnson in the Ryder Cup

Speaking ahead of his victory in Rochester, Koepka said he would love to play for Zach Johnson in the Ryder Cup

Scheffler holds a commanding lead at the top of the standings after winning six times on the PGA Tour over the last 16 months, with the world No 1 backing Koepka to feature for Team USA even if he misses out on automatic qualification.

“I don’t care about tours or anything like that,” Scheffler said. “I want to win the Ryder Cup. It’s something we talked about last year when we finished, or I guess a year and a half ago now. We want to beat those guys in Europe. It’s been a long time since we’ve beat them.

“Whoever the best 12 guys that make a complete team, it’s different than individual tournaments. We want a team of guys that are going over there together to bring the Cup back home, and that’s all I really care about.”

Koepka is 1,537 points clear of third-placed Xander Schauffele. Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Young currently round off the top six with three months of the qualification campaign remaining.

Xander Schauffele sits third in the US Ryder Cup standings, behind Scottie Scheffler and Koepka Xander Schauffele sits third in the US Ryder Cup standings, behind Scottie Scheffler and Koepka

Xander Schauffele sits third in the US Ryder Cup standings, behind Scottie Scheffler and Koepka

Players earn one point for every $1,000 made in a PGA Tour event and two points per $1,000 won at majors, with the top six players in the standings after the BMW Championship in August then automatically qualifying for Team USA.

Koepka and his LIV colleagues will only have two more event to impress and add to their points tally, next month’s US Open and The 151st Open in July, with Johnson then naming six captain’s picks after the Tour Championship ahead of the Ryder Cup taking place from September 29 to October 1.

“I think it’s too premature, frankly irresponsible, to even have any sort of opinion about that [picking LIV players],” Johnson said after his final round in Rochester. “I think given where we are at right now, there’s a lot of points out there, No 1.

Johnson says it is too 'premature' to talk about LIV players possibly making his Ryder Cup team Johnson says it is too 'premature' to talk about LIV players possibly making his Ryder Cup team

Johnson says it is too ‘premature’ to talk about LIV players possibly making his Ryder Cup team

“No 2, you have a bunch of elevated events. No 3, if you go back on history, there’s names right now probably on both tours that we’re not even mentioning that could have a chance given what’s in front of us.

“I haven’t even begun to discuss picks with anybody that I trust in my circle, specifically the vice-captains. I feel like it’s irrelevant to even discuss.”

What about Team Europe?

LIV members who resigned from the DP World Tour are ineligible to compete for Team Europe in the biennial contest, meaning the likes of Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood – who all featured in the 2021 contest at Whistling Straits – will be unable to feature.

Jon Rahm remains top of both the European Points List and World Points List despite struggling to a tied-50th finish at Oak Hill, with the Spaniard’s win at The Masters last month his sixth worldwide title in as many months.

Rory McIlroy reflects on his finish of tied seventh at Oak Hill

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Rory McIlroy reflects on his finish of tied seventh at Oak Hill

Rory McIlroy reflects on his finish of tied seventh at Oak Hill

Rory McIlroy closed the gap on the world No 2 in both standings after ending the week in tied-seventh, while Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Victor Perez moved about Yannik Paul into third spot on the European Points List after claiming a share of 12th in Rochester.

A runner-up finish at the PGA Championship for Viktor Hovland moved him up two places to third on the World Points List, with Tyrrell Hatton next in the standings after recovering from an opening-round 77 to end the week in tied-fifth.

Matt Fitzpatrick holds the final automatic qualification spot as things stand despite a missed cut in the second major of the year, with Justin Rose and Shane Lowry moving closer to the US Open champion after finishing tied-ninth and tied-12th respectively.

Justin Rose is pushing for automatic selection for the Ryder Cup after a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship Justin Rose is pushing for automatic selection for the Ryder Cup after a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship

Justin Rose is pushing for automatic selection for the Ryder Cup after a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship

Sepp Straka posted tied-seventh finish – his best performance in a major – to get closer to the qualification places, while a major top-20 for Tommy Fleetwood and a share of 40th from Adrian Meronk gave them more points in their push to feature for Team Europe.

The top three on the European Points List and the next available three on the World Points List after the Omega European Masters in September will automatically qualify, with Luke Donald then having six captain’s picks to complete his side.

Watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports Golf between from September 29 and October 1.

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PGA club pro Michael Block added another chapter to his incredible story at the 2023 PGA Championship by making a slam dunk ace at the par-three 15th hole during the final round at Oak Hill

PGA club pro Michael Block added another chapter to his incredible story at the 2023 PGA Championship by making a slam dunk ace at the par-three 15th hole during the final round at Oak Hill

“Are you serious?!”

Not only was that Michael Block’s priceless reaction when he learned he was to be paired with Rory McIlroy for the final round of the PGA Championship, but the same three words were no doubt being uttered the world over as the 46-year-old club pro continued a truly sensational week at Oak Hill with an incredible hole-in-one on the 15th hole of his final round.

Block was in disbelief after learning he would be paired with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the PGA Championship

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Block was in disbelief after learning he would be paired with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the PGA Championship

Block was in disbelief after learning he would be paired with Rory McIlroy in the final round of the PGA Championship

Block, who had missed the cut in all six previous major appearances, not only made the weekend this time around but became the star of it, somewhat even overshadowing eventual winner Brooks Koepka.

Block followed up three-straight rounds of 70 with a 71 on the final day, his one-over-par tournament score good enough for a tied-15th finish, earning him a spot in next year’s PGA field and bagging himself a cool £288,333 in the process.

As was the case throughout the week, the fan favourite had a taste for the big occasion, and it took a clutch putt for par from eight feet on the 18th to confirm his return in 2024.

Block, however, told Sky Sports he had “no idea” over the importance of that putt.

Block reveals that despite claiming the biggest pay cheque of his career, the experience of playing in the final round of the PGA Championship was the best aspect of his week

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Block reveals that despite claiming the biggest pay cheque of his career, the experience of playing in the final round of the PGA Championship was the best aspect of his week

Block reveals that despite claiming the biggest pay cheque of his career, the experience of playing in the final round of the PGA Championship was the best aspect of his week

“I never looked at the leaderboard for the entire day,” he said. “I probably wouldn’t have made it [if I did].

“I had no clue whatsoever. I just wanted to do it for that crowd right there.

“I’m going to go home the happiest guy in the world. It has been a very good week.”

Who is Michael Block?

Block grew up in St Louis and played golf in college at Mississippi State before transferring to the University of Missouri-St Louis. He received a degree in course management from the San Diego Golf Academy.

Prior to the PGA Championship, he played in 25 PGA Tour events, making the cut at only four of them.

Block has become a dominant force in the Southern California PGA, winning Player of the Year honours in nine of the last 10 years, and it is that success that has earned him the majority of his PGA Tour starts.

He qualified for the second major of the year courtesy of a runner-up finish at the 2023 PGA Professional Championship, a tournament for golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, with the top 20 earning a spot at Oak Hill.

Block is the club pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, charging $125 for a 45-minute lesson, while a nine-hole playing session runs up a $500 bill.

His home course was designed by former world No 1 Tom Lehman and Casey O’Callaghan, with Block owning the record low round at Arroyo Trabuco after shooting 59 in 2019.

How did his final round go?

Not bad.

Let’s be honest, it was all about his ace on 15. And, making it all the more remarkable, his ball did not just find the hole off the tee, it went in flush! Nothing but net.

Highlights from the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka lift the trophy for a third time

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Highlights from the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka lift the trophy for a third time

Highlights from the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka lift the trophy for a third time

Yes, Block dropped a shot on his very next hole with a bogey-five on 16 and his one-over 71 was actually his highest round of the week, but that mattered little in the grand scheme of things.

He delivered one of the most incredible moments in PGA Championship history with his hole-in-one, while he also came up clutch with his par putt on 18 to secure his spot in the tournament next year.

Block broke down in tears as he reflected on his week at the PGA Championship, saying he has been living a dream

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Block broke down in tears as he reflected on his week at the PGA Championship, saying he has been living a dream

Block broke down in tears as he reflected on his week at the PGA Championship, saying he has been living a dream

Block had bogeyed the opening hole of his round, while another followed on the front nine at the par-four seventh. But at no point did his game unravel and, very much still in contention for a top-15 finish, he sent the crowd wild with his stunning ace on 15.

“Unbelievable,” Block told Sky Sports. “I could see while it was up in the air that it was going right at the hole, but I did not see it go in.

“The crowd was cheering, so I was like, ‘thank you’. I thought maybe it was pretty close, but then Rory turns around and goes, ‘it went in the hole’.

“I had no idea. You’ve got to be kidding me right now.”

Block ended his dream week at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill by getting a picture with his playing partner McIlroy

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Block ended his dream week at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill by getting a picture with his playing partner McIlroy

Block ended his dream week at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill by getting a picture with his playing partner McIlroy

What the field made of his performance?

Rory McIlroy, on his round with Block and that hole-in-one: “The atmosphere out there, playing with Michael was unbelievable.

“Being in this position as a club pro and playing so well and competing into the latter stages of a major championship – it was really impressive. It was nice to go out there and share the course with him for 18 holes.

“That hole [15th] has sort of given me fits all week. I haven’t really liked the look of it, and Michael stands up and hits this lovely little draw back into the left wind, and the ball goes straight in the hole.

“When it’s your week, it’s your week, and with the way the week’s went for him, it was a fitting way to cap off his PGA Championship.”

McIlroy knows he needs to be better to win major tournaments but is happy with how he managed to battle and produce a decent performance, finishing T7 at the PGA Championship

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McIlroy knows he needs to be better to win major tournaments but is happy with how he managed to battle and produce a decent performance, finishing T7 at the PGA Championship

McIlroy knows he needs to be better to win major tournaments but is happy with how he managed to battle and produce a decent performance, finishing T7 at the PGA Championship

Justin Rose, who played with Block on Saturday: “Great guy. I felt like he was rooting for me and I was rooting for him, and the crowd was certainly rooting for him.

“He was having fun with them and they were having fun with him.

“It was a really great energy… he plays in a sort of a carefree way, just his mannerisms and routine and the way he kind of took one look and hit, especially with his putter.

“I know he’s got a couple of teenage boys who will be super proud of him, so that’s pretty cool.”

Rich Beem, former PGA champion on Sky Sports: “This will rank right up there as one of the best stories in golf.

“How in the world did he make this happen, at the age of 46? Everything he did out there was absolutely extraordinary.

“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. What a great story. What a great round of golf. What a great week.

“He’s one of these players who has always been fantastic on the club pro circuit, but when it comes to the majors and the PGA Tour events he has played in, nothing has really blossomed.

“I love his attitude. He is going to absorb every ounce of what went on this week and will remember it for the rest of his life.”

What next for Block?

Block’s top-15 finish has assured him a spot at next year’s PGA Championship at Valhalla but, in the more immediate future, it has resulted in an invitation from the PGA Tour for next week’s Charles Schwab Challenge.

Block himself insisted he knew nothing of the importance of saving par on the final hole of his tournament, but those watching on from the stands certainly did as they celebrated him successfully getting up and down in two after a rather wayward second shot on the par-four 18th.

He knocked his third from the rough to the back left of the green and within eight feet of the pin, setting up a makeable putt to confirm his return next year.

He then sunk the effort, but not before drawing out the drama one last time as it briefly threatened to pull up shy before finally rolling in following a momentary pause on the lip of the cup.

“I just played with Justin Rose on a Saturday in a major and Rory McIlroy in a Sunday at a major,” Block said. “I’m not sure how it gets any bigger than that.

“So when I go play Colonial next week, it’s not going to feel like a down, but it’s going to be like, ‘no problem’, compared to what I just did the last couple days.”

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Brooks Koepka, who is the first LIV Golf player to win a major championship, said: “I definitely think it helps LIV. But I’m more interested in my own self right now, to be honest”; Koepka held off Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler on the final day at Oak Hill

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Watch the moment that Brooks Koepka claimed a third PGA Championship with a two-shot victory at Oak Hill.

Watch the moment that Brooks Koepka claimed a third PGA Championship with a two-shot victory at Oak Hill.

Brooks Koepka said his final-day Masters failure played a key role in him securing a fifth major title after emerged victorious with an impressive PGA Championship victory.

Koepka led by two strokes after three rounds at Augusta National earlier this year, but ultimately lost out to Jon Rahm as he shot a three-over 75 on the Sunday.

Koepka blamed himself for “choking” when addressing the media earlier this week but, holding a one-shot advantage entering the final day in Rochester, the 33-year-old this time would not let his lead slip.

Brooks Koepka was leading heading into the final round at The Masters, but he hit six bogeys on day four and ended four shots behind winner Jon Rahm.

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Brooks Koepka was leading heading into the final round at The Masters, but he hit six bogeys on day four and ended four shots behind winner Jon Rahm.

Brooks Koepka was leading heading into the final round at The Masters, but he hit six bogeys on day four and ended four shots behind winner Jon Rahm.

“I definitely wouldn’t have won, I don’t think, if that [The Masters] didn’t happen,” Koepka said. “Definitely take it and keep using it going forward for each event, each major, any time I’m in contention.

“I’ve always learned more from the four times I finished second than, I guess, the five times I’ve won now.

Brooks Koepka gives his reaction to his final round 75 at The Masters as he finished second to Jon Rahm at Augusta National.

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Brooks Koepka gives his reaction to his final round 75 at The Masters as he finished second to Jon Rahm at Augusta National.

Brooks Koepka gives his reaction to his final round 75 at The Masters as he finished second to Jon Rahm at Augusta National.

“I think failure is how you learn. You get better from it. You realize what mistakes you’ve made.

“Really, I think the big key is just being open and honest with yourself, and if you can do that, you’ll be miles ahead of everybody else.”

Koepka’s victory was his third at the PGA Championship and fifth overall, moving him clear of Rory McIlroy (four) and level with the legendary Seve Ballesteros, among others, on five.

Brooks Koepka on what it would mean to join Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning three or more PGA Championships.

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Brooks Koepka on what it would mean to join Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning three or more PGA Championships.

It was his first major win for four years, with injuries blighting his career in the intervening years before a marked return to form in 2023.

“It feels damn good,” he said. “This one is definitely special. I think this one is probably the most meaningful of them all with everything that’s gone on, all the crazy stuff over the last few years. It feels good to be back and to get number five.”

Brooks added on his legacy: “I do care about it. It’s just tough to really grasp the situation kind of while you’re still in it, I think.

“I try not to think of it right now. Probably when I’m retired and I can look back with Jena and my son and kind of reflect on all that stuff, that will be truly special, but right now I’m trying to collect as many of these things as I can.”

Highlights from the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka lift the trophy for a third time.

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Highlights from the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka lift the trophy for a third time.

Koepka’s victory at Oak Hill also represented the first major success for a member of the LIV Golf tour.

“I definitely think it helps LIV,” Koepka said. “But I’m more interested in my own self right now, to be honest with you.

“Yeah, it’s a huge thing for LIV, but at the same time I’m out here competing as an individual at the PGA Championship. I’m just happy to take this home for the third time.”

Hovland: Second-place finish ‘sucks right now’

Pushing Koepka all the way in the final round was his playing partner Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian trailed by only one stroke until he found the bunker on his way to a double bogey the 16th hole.

Hovland opted to hit a nine iron out of the sand but his effort plugged in the lip of the bunker and his challenge disappeared like his ball, with Koepka birdieing the same hole to move four clear.

Viktor Hovland's hopes of winning the 2023 PGA Championship effectively ended after a double bogey on the par-four 16th hole when he left his ball in the lip of the bunker.

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Viktor Hovland’s hopes of winning the 2023 PGA Championship effectively ended after a double bogey on the par-four 16th hole when he left his ball in the lip of the bunker.

Viktor Hovland’s hopes of winning the 2023 PGA Championship effectively ended after a double bogey on the par-four 16th hole when he left his ball in the lip of the bunker.

“I felt like I played really solid golf,” Hovland told reporters. “I gave myself a lot of looks… but Brooks was hard to catch. He is a great player, and now he has five majors. That’s a hell of a record right there.

“It’s not easy going toe to toe with a guy like that. He is not going to give you anything, and I didn’t really feel like I gave him anything either until 16.

“I feel like I belong out here. I just have got to get a little bit better, and hopefully it goes my way the next time.

It’s Hovland’s third top-10 finish in a row in major championships and he added: “It sucks right now, but it is really cool to see that things are going the right direction.

“If I just keep taking care of my business and just keep working on what I’ve been doing, I think we’re going to get one of these soon.”

Scheffler ‘doesn’t care’ about return to No 1 ranking

Scottie Scheffler shot a five-under 65 to finish in a tie for second with Hovland, two shots back from Koepka on seven under. It’s a result that saw him return to No 1 in the world.

Leapfrogging Masters champion Jon Rahm into top spot represented no silver lining to the 2022 winner at Augusta National, however.

Scottie Scheffler returns to number one in the world rankings after his tied-second finish in the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Scottie Scheffler returns to number one in the world rankings after his tied-second finish in the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill

Scottie Scheffler returns to number one in the world rankings after his tied-second finish in the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill

“It’s nice, but I really don’t care,” Scheffler told the media, laughing. “I don’t play for world ranking. I play to come out here and compete.

“Right now, I’m a little sad that I wasn’t able to get the tournament done, but I’m proud of how I fought, I’m proud of how I played the back nine today to give myself a chance. I got beat by somebody that played better this week, and tip of the cap to Brooks. I’s just how it goes.”

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Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau among the players who could still qualify to play for Team USA at the Ryder Cup, despite competing on the LIV golf circuit; Zach Johnson says it’s “premature” to look at whether they will feature in Rome

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Last Updated: 21/05/23 8:17pm

Brooks Koepka (right) and Bryson DeChambeau (left) are among the LIV players to impress at the PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka (right) and Bryson DeChambeau (left) are among the LIV players to impress at the PGA Championship

Zach Johnson says it would be “irresponsible” for him to attend LIV events in the build-up to the Ryder Cup and insists it’s “irrelevant” to discuss the possibility of players from the Saudi circuit featuring for Team USA.

LIV members who resigned from the DP World Tour are ineligible to compete for Team Europe in the biennial contest, whereas those who have been banned or resigned from the PGA Tour can still feature for the American team.

Johnson said the thought of LIV players making the team was “not even a discussion item” ahead of the PGA Championship, only to be asked again about the possibility when Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau moved into contention at Oak Hill.

US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson has refused to be drawn on whether he'll be picking players from LIV Golf for this year's event

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US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson has refused to be drawn on whether he’ll be picking players from LIV Golf for this year’s event

US Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson has refused to be drawn on whether he’ll be picking players from LIV Golf for this year’s event

“I think it’s too premature, frankly irresponsible, to even have any sort of opinion about that,” Johnson said after his final round in Rochester. “I think given where we are at right now, there’s a lot of points out there, No 1.

“No 2, you have a bunch of elevated events. Shoot, No 3, if you go back on history, there’s names right now that probably on both tours that we’re not even mentioning that could have a chance given what’s in front of us.

“I haven’t even begun to discuss picks with anybody that I trust in my circle, specifically the vice-captains. I feel like it’s irrelevant to even discuss.”

Johnson was unaware that a fifth major victory for 54-hole leader Koepka would move him inside the automatic places for his team in Rome, although does receive statistics from LIV tournaments about his potential candidates.

Brooks Koepka say's he's not focused on the US Ryder Cup team picks, but would like to play for captain Zach Johnson if chosen

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Brooks Koepka say’s he’s not focused on the US Ryder Cup team picks, but would like to play for captain Zach Johnson if chosen

“I have no idea based on the numbers, but it would vault him [Koepka] up substantially,” Johnson said. “It would vault anybody up substantially if they are an American player. I don’t know the actual science behind that.

“You’re expecting me to go to LIV events and spectate. I think the luxury of me being captain is that I’m still relevant and prevalent out on the PGA Tour and that’s where my status holds, so for me to abandon that for a week, where the bulk of my players are going to come from, would be irresponsible on my behalf and extremely inappropriate.”

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There are still three months left of the qualification campaign, with the top six in the standings after the BMW Championship automatically earning their spot to play at Marco Simone Golf Club, with Johnson then naming his captain’s picks after the Tour Championship the following week.

“I think the difficulties could come,” Johnson added. “I just think there’s so much golf. Honestly, it would not surprise me if there’s a guy, like I said, on either tour that pops up that we are not discussing because that’s happened so many times.

Speaking ahead of the PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson admitted he'd still love to play in this year's Ryder Cup, despite being part of LIV Golf

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Speaking ahead of the PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson admitted he’d still love to play in this year’s Ryder Cup, despite being part of LIV Golf

“When Scottie Scheffler came out of the blue two years ago; Ryan Moore came out of the blue in 2016 because of his play coming down the stretch. Quality of play and form relative recent to the event, either Cup, Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup, has shown to be a proven factor.

“Horses for courses is a proven factor. I have no idea. It could be a really no-brainer, easy decision. I don’t want to have any sort of misconceived notions or pressures because there’s nothing there yet. There’s just so much fluidity and so much unknown.”

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Brooks Koepka takes a one-shot lead over Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners heading into the final day at Oak Hill; Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy all under par; Watch the final round live on Sunday from 2pm on Sky Sports Golf

Last Updated: 21/05/23 1:57am

Scottie Scheffler is four off the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler is four off the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Championship

Pairings and tee times for the final round of the 105th PGA Championship, held at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.

All times BST; USA unless stated

*CFPT means member of Corebridge Financial PGA Team (PGA professionals)

Starting at Hole One

1250 Ben Taylor (Eng), Mark Hubbard

1300 Joel Dahmen, Kazuki Higa (Jpn)

Highlights from the third round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka shoot four under to take the lead heading into the final day.

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Highlights from the third round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka shoot four under to take the lead heading into the final day.

Highlights from the third round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill which saw Brooks Koepka shoot four under to take the lead heading into the final day.

1310 Taylor Montgomery, Taylor Moore

1320 Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson

1330 Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Lee Hodges

1340 Sihwan Kim, Zach Johnson

1350 Padraig Harrington (Irl), Matt Wallace (Eng)

Jordan Spieth hits his opening shot of day three at the PGA Championship into the toilets!

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Jordan Spieth hits his opening shot of day three at the PGA Championship into the toilets!

Jordan Spieth hits his opening shot of day three at the PGA Championship into the toilets!

1400 Adrian Meronk (Pol), Pablo Larrazabal (Esp)

1410 Thomas Detry (Bel), Tony Finau

1420 Callum Tarren (Eng), Yannik Paul (Ger)

1430 Max Homa, JT Poston

1440 Patrick Rodgers, Thriston Lawrence (Rsa)

Justin Rose put on a putting masterclass in his third round to give him an outside chance of glory at the PGA Championship.

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Justin Rose put on a putting masterclass in his third round to give him an outside chance of glory at the PGA Championship.

Justin Rose put on a putting masterclass in his third round to give him an outside chance of glory at the PGA Championship.

1450 KH Lee (Kor), Denny McCarthy

1510 Adam Hadwin (Can), Adam Scott (Aus)

1520 Sam Stevens, Nicolai Hojgaard (Den)

1530 Tom Hoge, Lucas Herbert (Aus)

1540 Dean Burmester (Rsa), Jon Rahm (Esp)

Rory McIlroy had a rollercoaster of a third round, but remains in contention heading into the final round of the PGA Championship.

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Rory McIlroy had a rollercoaster of a third round, but remains in contention heading into the final round of the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy had a rollercoaster of a third round, but remains in contention heading into the final round of the PGA Championship.

1550 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth

1600 Harold Varner III, Mito Pereira (Chi)

1610 Collin Morikawa, Beau Hossler

1620 Xander Schauffele, Chez Reavie

1630 Alex Smalley, Thomas Pieters (Bel)

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry received a warm welcome to the tee ahead of round three of the PGA Championship.... but the announcer didn't quite get their names right.

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Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry received a warm welcome to the tee ahead of round three of the PGA Championship…. but the announcer didn’t quite get their names right.

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry received a warm welcome to the tee ahead of round three of the PGA Championship…. but the announcer didn’t quite get their names right.

1640 Keegan Bradley, Matt NeSmith

1700 Cameron Smith (Aus), Hayden Buckley

1710 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Chris Kirk

1720 Keith Mitchell, Taylor Pendrith (Can)

1730 Adam Svensson (Can), Sepp Straka (Aut)

Bryson DeChambeau was booed on to the opening tee when he was announced to the Oak Hill crowd.

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Bryson DeChambeau was booed on to the opening tee when he was announced to the Oak Hill crowd.

Bryson DeChambeau was booed on to the opening tee when he was announced to the Oak Hill crowd.

1740 Sahith Theegala, Patrick Cantlay

1750 Cam Davis (Aus), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn)

1800 Kurt Kitayama, Ryan Fox (Nzl)

1810 Min Woo Lee (Aus), Patrick Reed

1820 Eric Cole, Shane Lowry (Irl)

Justin Rose felt he got the most out of his round and said he's fighting again to give himself the best opportunity to win another major championship.

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Justin Rose felt he got the most out of his round and said he’s fighting again to give himself the best opportunity to win another major championship.

Justin Rose felt he got the most out of his round and said he’s fighting again to give himself the best opportunity to win another major championship.

1830 Stephan Jaeger (Ger), Victor Perez (Fra)

1850 Justin Suh, Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)

1900 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Michael Block [CFPT]

1910 Justin Rose (Eng), Scottie Scheffler

1920 Corey Conners (Can), Bryson DeChambeau

1930 Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland (Nor)

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PGA Championship: Viktor Hovland, Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners share halfway lead at Oak Hill | Golf News

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Brooks Koepka three off halfway lead and Rory McIlroy five strokes back; Jon Rahm on four over as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas make the cut on the number; Watch the PGA Championship live on Saturday from 2pm on Sky Sports Golf

By Ali Stafford at Oak Hill

Last Updated: 20/05/23 1:09am

Scottie Scheffler is tied for the halfway lead at the PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler is tied for the halfway lead at the PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler, Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners hold a share of the halfway lead at the PGA Championship, with Bryson DeChambeau heading the chasing pack at Oak Hill.

Scheffler followed a blemish-free 67 on Thursday with a two-under 68 in warmer and windier conditions at Oak Hill, as the world No 2 mixed four birdies with two bogeys to head into the weekend on five under.

Conners matched Scheffler’s total and Hovland made it a three-way tie at the top when he closed a second-round 67 with a birdie, with overnight leader DeChambeau two off the pace alongside Justin Suh.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is within three of the lead alongside England’s Callum Tarren, while Rory McIlroy is five back on level-par and world No 1 Jon Rahm is through to the weekend thanks to a second-round 68.

Rory McIlroy holes a birdie putt on the 18th hole to move into contention

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Rory McIlroy holes a birdie putt on the 18th hole to move into contention

Rory McIlroy holes a birdie putt on the 18th hole to move into contention

Exciting weekend ahead at Oak Hill

None of the morning wave were able to get within three strokes of overnight clubhouse leader DeChambeau, with Taylor Pendrith and Justin Rose sitting the initial target at one under after rounds of 69 and 70.

Scheffler began his day one behind but made the dream start by firing his approach to tap-in range at the first and holing in a 10-foot birdie at the next, taking him to five under, only for Conners – beginning on the back nine – to pick up shots at the 13th and 15th to take a share of the lead.

Corey Conners mixed three birdies with a lone bogey on Friday Corey Conners mixed three birdies with a lone bogey on Friday

Corey Conners mixed three birdies with a lone bogey on Friday

Conners was handed the outright advantage when Scheffler carded his first bogey of the week at the seventh, having failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker, with the Canadian making clutch saves at the 17th and 18th to reach the turn one ahead.

Keegan Bradley made birdies at the second and fourth to join Scheffler on four under, while DeChambeau slipped four behind after following a three-putt bogey at the third by requiring two attempts to get out of a greenside bunker and double-bogeying the sixth.

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Conners responded to a missed eight-foot birdie chance at the first to drain a 20-footer at the next to double his lead, while Hovland started his back nine with a birdie to move alongside Scheffler on four under.

Scheffler made a 10-foot birdie at the 14th and fired his tee shot at the next to tap-in range, which gave him the solo advantage when Conners bogeyed the seventh, only for him to bogey the last and slip back to five under.

DeChambeau moved within one of the lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the 11th, while Hovland signed off a brilliant second-round 67 and made it a three-way tie at the top with a closing birdie.

Who is in the chasing pack?

A final-hole bogey dropped DeChambeau two back alongside Justin Suh, while Koepka birdied four of his last seven holes to close a second-round 66, with Rose on one under and just nine players in red figures heading into the weekend.

Shane Lowry charged into contention with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch but bogeyed two of his last three holes to slip back to level par, while McIlroy is also five back after a brilliant back-nine fightback.

Rory McIlroy admitted his long birdie on the ninth hole gave him momentum heading into the back nine

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Rory McIlroy admitted his long birdie on the ninth hole gave him momentum heading into the back nine

Rory McIlroy admitted his long birdie on the ninth hole gave him momentum heading into the back nine

McIlroy had been two over for his round until he nailed a 45-foot birdie at the par-four ninth, with the former world No 1 then signing off a bogey-free back nine by making a 15-footer and closing a one-under 69.

Club pro Michael Block is within five of the lead with back-to-back 70s, with Dustin Johnson faltering to a four-over 74 to slip six off the pace alongside the likes of Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay.

Watch Michael Block's shanked tee shot and ugly approach at the par-three fifth, where a double-bogey saw him slip down the PGA Championship leaderboard

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Watch Michael Block’s shanked tee shot and ugly approach at the par-three fifth, where a double-bogey saw him slip down the PGA Championship leaderboard

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Rahm was outside the cut mark with six holes to play but birdied his next three, with the Spaniard recovering from bogeying the 16th to close out a second-round 68 and head into the weekend on four over.

Defending champion Justin Thomas scrambled a final-hole bogey to make the cut on the number, while Jordan Spieth got up and down from the sand to save par and stay on five over to keep his outside Grand Slam hopes alive.

Phil Mickelson secured his 100th cut made in a major and is also 10 back thanks to a two-over 72, while US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and last week’s AT&T Byron Nelson winner Jason Day both missed the cut.

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Rory McIlroy carded an opening-round 71 at Oak Hill as he looks to bounce back from his missed cut at The Masters and win a first major since 2014; watch the PGA Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports Golf

By Ali Stafford at Oak Hill

Last Updated: 18/05/23 9:23pm

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Rory McIlroy holed an impressive putt from off the green on the second hole at Oak Hill to save par and stay at three over during the first round of the 2023 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy holed an impressive putt from off the green on the second hole at Oak Hill to save par and stay at three over during the first round of the 2023 PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy admitted his game is nowhere near where he wants it to be despite battling back from a slow start to stay in contention at the 105th PGA Championship.

McIlroy only found two fairways off the tee and experienced another frustrating putting display during a frost-delayed opening round at Oak Hill, where he mixed three birdies with four bogeys to post a one-over 71.

He came into the event off the back of a missed cut at The Masters and a disappointing week at the Wells Fargo Championship, with the four-time major champion – who admitted he has been struggling with illness in the lead-up to the event – needing to finish strongly to avoid falling further down the leaderboard.

McIlroy carded a one-over 71 on Thursday morning in Rochester McIlroy carded a one-over 71 on Thursday morning in Rochester

McIlroy carded a one-over 71 on Thursday morning in Rochester

“Just not at my best,” McIlroy admitted. “I’m just struggling with my swing. Yeah, it’s pretty messy out there, so just trying to make pars. I guess it was tough as well. There were a lot of crosswinds off tees, so it made it hard to hit fairways. I can definitely hit it better than that.

“I feel a bit better than if I had got off to a good start and made a couple of bogeys on the way in. I started to see a couple of better golf shots coming down the last few holes. There were a couple of glimmers of hope in there coming in.

McIlroy has only posted top-25 finishes in two of his last seven worldwide starts McIlroy has only posted top-25 finishes in two of his last seven worldwide starts

McIlroy has only posted top-25 finishes in two of his last seven worldwide starts

“I’m fighting something. I thought I got a great night’s sleep last night and I looked at my Whoop (personal fitness monitor) and I was 22 per cent recovery, and my skin temperature was 3.5 degrees higher than what it’s been. But I actually feel better today than I felt yesterday, so plenty of water and a bit of rest, I’ll be fine.”

Turning point for McIlroy?

Starting on the back nine, McIlroy holed from five feet to scramble a par at the 10th and followed two-putt pars over his next four holes by failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the par-three 15th.

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McIlroy’s erratic driving saw him find only one fairway on his first nine holes, with the former world No 1 failing to save par from the sand at the 17th and then bogeying the par-four next after having to pitch out from a fairway bunker.

The 34-year-old missed the fairway with an iron at the second and pitched off the green with his third shot, only to hole a remarkable 35-foot putt from down the bottom of a slope to salvage an unlikely par.

Momentum appeared to be back in McIlroy’s favour when he fired his tee shot at the par-three next to within two feet, setting up an easy birdie, then found the green in two at the 617-yard par-five next as he two-putted from 20 feet to pick up another shot.

The birdie run came to an abrupt halt when he made a three-putt bogey at the fifth and failed to convert a 12-foot chance at the next, although a six-foot gain on the penultimate hole helped him get back to one over.

Paul McGinley believes McIlroy's confidence is low after The Masters and does not expect him to play well at the US PGA Championship

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Paul McGinley believes McIlroy’s confidence is low after The Masters and does not expect him to play well at the US PGA Championship

Paul McGinley believes McIlroy’s confidence is low after The Masters and does not expect him to play well at the US PGA Championship

On how important the par at the second was, McIlroy said: “It was massive. I was just hoping to get done in two and make bogey and go to the third hole at four over

“When you walk off the green at three over and then you hit a tee shot like that, the pendulum swings or momentum goes the other way. All of a sudden, you make a couple of birdies in a row, and you feel like you’re sort of right back in the tournament.

“Depending on what happens over the next three days and what I go on to do, you know, I may look back at that shot as being the sort of turning point of the week.”

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