Brooks Koepka strikes into lead at LIV Jeddah standing at 12-under, forward of Sergio Garcia of Spain and Charles Howell III; Garcia’s Fireballs and Koepka’s Smash are tied for second in workforce play
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Brooks Koepka shot a bogey-free 64 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead heading into the ultimate spherical of the LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
The defending champion loved 4 birdies in a row on holes three to 6, a part of his eight on the spherical within the $25m common season-ending occasion at Royal Greens Golf and Nation Membership.
He stands at 12 beneath forward of Sergio Garcia of Spain, who adopted Friday’s 68 with a 63, and Charles Howell III (64).
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe fired a 62 behind seven birdies and an eagle to maneuver right into a tie for fourth with Bryson DeChambeau (63), 4 strokes again of Koepka at eight beneath.
First-round chief Marc Leishman of Australia, who recorded a 65 to take the lead on Friday, responded with a five-over-par 70 and fell right into a tie for twenty first at three beneath par.
Garcia stated the climate and the course proved higher on Saturday than on Friday.
“It was a very nice spherical, clearly,” he stated. “The course situations have been a bit bit extra beneficial than yesterday. Yesterday was a lot windier. It was rather a lot trickier. A few harder pins yesterday, I suppose.”
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Garcia stated a key to the spherical was consecutive birdies on the ultimate two holes, a part of a robust end.
“I completed with 4 birdies on my final 5,” he stated. “Clearly there’s moments right here and there, however I additionally made a pair actually good up-and-downs on 11 and 12 to maintain my spherical going, after which due to that, I birdied 13 and 14.
“I believe that I performed properly. I obtained rather a lot out of my spherical, and I am very pleased with that.”
In workforce play, Garcia’s Fireballs and Koepka’s Smash are tied for second at 19 beneath, three strokes behind DeChambeau’s Crushers.
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