The 29-year-old shot a course-record 63 on day one and added a 65 Friday to stretch his result in seven photographs at 12 beneath to stamp his authority at the 101st US PGA Championship at Bethpage.
In spite of the Black direction’s fearsome popularity, Koepka’s 36-hole ranking of 128 is a big championship list, his midway lead is the most important in PGA Championship historical past, and he bettered the Masters champion through 17 photographs as Woods ignored the minimize.
Even then, Keopka insists he was once “fighting” his swing somewhat.
“As of late’s a brand new day, does not subject what you probably did the day before today,” the protecting champion, who has gained 3 of his final seven majors, instructed Sky Sports activities.
“I am more than happy. It is a tricky golfing direction, you’ve gotten in reality were given to combat and I am happy with the way in which I hung in there.
“It is one thing I have battled my complete existence so it must be a very easy repair.”
“It is large,” he added. “I don’t believe other people notice how tough it’s and the way you must let issues roll off your again, giggle about it and transfer on. It exams your persistence, needless to say.”
The Floridian was once bogey-free via 27 holes on Lengthy Island, and regardless of two bogeys coming house Friday he kicked on to go away the sphere trailing in his muscular wake.
sight in Koepka’s rearview reflect was once a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth on the entrance of the chasing pack with a four-under 66 to turn indicators of a rosier long term after enduring a droop of overdue. Spieth wishes simply the United States PGA to change into handiest the 6th participant to clinch the occupation Grand Slam of all 4 primary titles and a primary win because the 2017 Open.
Along Spieth on 5 beneath was once 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott, whose blistering surge to 6 beneath for the day after 14 holes put him in with a shout of thrashing the foremost list of 62 earlier than he faltered against the top to card 64.
And what of Woods himself? Overshadowed in efficiency — if no longer fan adoration and quantity stage — through taking part in spouse Koepka, he appeared out-of-sorts when compared with that magical Masters triumph on his final trip.
The 43-year-old, who handiest performed 9 holes in observe, hit handiest 3 fairways off the tee Friday, and was once not able to construct any more or less momentum regardless of consistent urgings from the boisterous New York crowd.
Desiring a birdie up the final to make the minimize at 4 over, his manner was once wayward and he was once not able to chip in from the perimeter, including a 73 to his opening 72 to complete 5 over to pass over the minimize through one.
‘ I wish to get started feeling higher’
The arena No.6 can have long past again to the highest of the scores for the primary time since Would possibly 2014 had he gained and different diversifications labored in his choose, however he stated sickness and fatigue after the prime of the Masters had been contributory elements.
“It is simply how it is going,” Woods instructed newshounds. “You realize, simply do not really feel neatly and simply no longer ready to do it. Resting can be higher, so I might have power to play. You realize, sadly I simply did not — made too many errors and simply did not do the little issues I wish to do.
“I have loved being the Masters champion once more, and the PGA was once a handy guide a rough turnaround, and sadly I simply did not play neatly.”
Woods admitted that once his catalogue of again accidents, culminating in spinal fusion surgical treatment in 2017, there will likely be “days and weeks when it is not going to paintings.”
“There is no reason I will’t rise up to hurry once more and crank it again up,” he stated.
“I have were given to start out feeling just a little bit higher first earlier than that occurs.
“I simply wasn’t shifting the way in which I had to. That is the manner it is going.”
Will have to he pass directly to win, Koepka’s superiority can be quite paying homage to Woods’ stretch from 2000-2002 when he gained six of 9 majors, beginning with the United States Open through a list 15 photographs having led through six at midway at Pebble Seaside — by the way the venue for this yr’ US Open in June.
Or from 2005-2008 when he gained six of 14 and was once no worse than fourth six different instances.
“What Brooksy did, he is riding it 330 yards in the course of the golf green,” added Woods. “He is were given Nine-irons when maximum people are hitting Five-irons, Four-irons, and he is hanging neatly. That provides as much as a horny really extensive lead, and if he helps to keep doing what he is doing, there is not any reason he cannot construct in this lead.”
Koepka has been vocal prior to now about no longer receiving sufficient popularity, however he admits he makes use of any perceived slights as gas.
Rocket gas, it will appear, as he turns into increasingly more box-office viewing.
“I am simply going to stay doing what I am doing, put the pedal down and check out to construct a larger lead,” stated Koepka.