USPGA Championship 2019 – LIVE: Round four leaderboard and the action

USPGA Championship 2019 – LIVE: Round four leaderboard and the action

May 19, 2019

USPGA Championship 2019 – LIVE: Round four leaderboard and all the action from Bethpage Black as Brooks Koepka looks to claim back-to-back titles at same major

  • Leader Brooks Koepka sits seven shots clear heading into the final round
  • Koepka is on the brink of claiming back-to-back PGA Championship victories 
  • There are four players tied in second as they aim to hunt down the American
  • Dustin Johnson is among those still eyeing the major victory on Sunday 

Runaway leader Brooks Koepka is on the brink of successfully defending his PGA Championship title.

The American sits seven shots clear at the top of the leaderboard ahead of Dustin Johnson, Harold Varner III, Luke List and Jazz Janewattananond.

Three-time major winner Koepka has been in control throughout at Bethpage Black, cruising to 12-under par. But will final day nerves get to him?

Follow all the live action right here with Sportsmail’s JONATHAN SPENCER as we bring you the latest updates from New York… 

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  • Jonathan Spencer

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Koepka in charge again despite his run of bogeys. He has produced a sublime tee shot on the 16th, driving straight down the middle of the fairway. The finish line is in sight.

Have we just seen the end of Johnson’s late charge? After chipping out onto the green, the world No 1 faces a long putt for par to keep himself just two shots behind Koepka.

But Johnson doesn’t make it as he pulls his putt left. A disappointing bogey leaves him three shots behind on -6.

He has finally managed to record a par again. After four consecutive bogeys, Koepka holes out for par on the 15th and looks in control again.

Johnson goes for broke on the par-3 17th but it doesn’t pay off as he lands behind the green.

Koepka, on the 15th, trickles his birdie putt downhill and leaves himself with just under five feet for par. 

Koepka faces a very awkward birdie putt now and will happily walk off with par. 

The leader, who has crumbled on the previous four holes, lands his approach shot on the top of a slope on the green. He will encounter a very quick putt going downhill now.

Johnson has seven feet left for what could be a hugely important par save.

He takes his time, lines the ball up but can’t roll home, agonisingly missing to the right edge. Breathing space for Koepka.

Johnson now -7, two shots behind Koepka.

Not going to be the Grand Slam but it has been a very good week for Spieth. He finishes the tournament -2, posting a final round of 71.

What a shot from Johnson. He is in the real thick rough on the edge of the green but he plays his chip perfectly on the 16th. 

He now faces a very important putt for par. He needs to keep this momentum. 

Johnson has his own problems up ahead on the par-4 16th though. After a brilliant tee shot, the world No 1 goes long with his approach and faces a nasty chip back onto the green.

This is getting seriously interesting now.

Wow… Koepka is crumbling! He now has about five feet left for bogey on the par-3 14th. The pressure is clearly getting to him.

But the American manages to compose himself to roll home for bogey. The lead is now one shot.

Koepka is on the brink of dropping another shot here. He gets too much connection with his chip shot and sees his ball roll just off the green the other side. Has about 20 feet for par.

He needs to reset himself here. Koepka can still win this but needs to calm himself down.

The wind is playing tricks. Koepka goes aggressive on the par-3 14th but it doesn’t pay off as his tee shot goes straight through the back of the green.

He faces a very tricky uphill chip now. He will do extremely well to produce an up-and-down from there.

What was once a procession, is now nail-biting. 

Huge roar from the 15th green as Johnson moves just two shots behind Koepka.

The world No 1 sinks his birdie putt from 10 feet to move to -8 with three holes remaining. What a comeback this would be!

That’s three birdies in a row for Koepka. The pressure is clearly getting to him but he still has a fairly comfortable lead.

The American can’t make his par putt as it lips out on the right-hand side. He moves back to -10.

And Johnson has a birdie putt coming up, which could see him move up to -8.

The defending PGA Champion goes for it with his third shot on the par-5 but his approach lands way short of the green. He has plenty of work to do for par.

Koepka decides to use his putter from off the green and he rolls it up towards the pin, leaving himself with just over five feet left to the pin for par.

Koepka will just be looking to find a way to make a par five now. The leader hits out of trouble from the rough as the crowds loom in large around him on the 13th.

The American tries to get the ball back into play and finds the edge of the rough with a long way to go still with his approach.

Johnson walks off the 14th with a steady par but is running out of time. He attempts a birdie effort but his lengthy putt drifts to the left of the cup.

Remains at -7 but doesn’t know Koepka is on trouble behind him.

Koepka faces a crucial drive on the 13th but he gets himself in plenty of trouble. He shouts ‘FORE LEFT’ and goes very wayward. How bad? We are not sure yet but the crowd go looking for the ball in the long rough.

Reasons to be worried for Koepka on the 13th? Back-to-back bogeys and now a wayward tee shot, which could leave him in all sorts of trouble…

Koepka drops a shot on the 12th after finding trouble off the tee. After laying up with his approach shot, he has since been scrambling for par and was left with a tough downhill 15-foot putt.

He gets it out the middle of the putter but can’t sink his par effort and gives a shot back. 

Koepka (-11) now holds a four-shot lead ahead of Johnson.

A very solid effort from Johnson, he certainly won’t take that back. On the par-5 13th, DJ takes on a monster putt from in front of the green but rolls it within a couple of feet.

He walks off with par and remains at -7.

Jazz, having the week off his life, has a hole to forget on the par-4 12th as he records a double bogey.

He drops back to tied third, alongside Jordan Spieth and Matt Wallace.

Koepka points his hand to the right as he looks worried watching his tee shot on the 12th. But his drive luckily finds the rough, and he doesn’t have too long left on his approach.

It could have been worse for the runaway leader.

Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Tony Finau combined to shoot scores of +26 today. Three of the best in the business coming unstuck at Bethpage Black!

Koepka has work to do for bogey after his par putt rolls past the hole, leaving him with a tricky stroke back from over five feet away.

But the world No 3 produces a brilliant bogey putt to ensure he doesn’t walk away with two dropped shots on the 11th. Very gutsy play.

Koepka moves back to -12 with seven holes remaining.

Johnson has about three feet for par on the 12th but he strokes home comfortably as he keeps his nerve. Remains at -7 but time is more than running out for the world No 1.

Koepka lays up onto the fairway on the 11th after seeing his drive find the bunker. He has plenty of work to do to save par here.

The wind is really picking up here and birdies are going to be hard to find.

What a moment for Lucas Bjerregaard and the crowd watching that! The Dane records a remarkable hole-in-one on the par-3 17th, with the ball bouncing once on the green before landing straight into the cup.

He now moves to +2.

Then just moments later, his playing partner Lucas Glover chips in from the greenside bunker. What are the chances???

The crowd goes wild at Bethpage Black!

Picture perfect birdie for Koepka on the 10th. He now enjoys a six-shot lead again and is in complete control.

What a start to his back nine. He has been unstoppable this week.

Johnson can’t make his par putt on the 11th as his effort just about runs out of steam. He drops back to -7, five shots of Koepka. Very shortly, it will be six behind!

Absolutely brilliant play from Koepka. The leader plays his approach shot to the 10th and lands it stiff, leaving himself with only a couple of feet left for birdie. 

He looks likely to extend his lead here. We may be about to see a two-shot swing.

A spot of bother for Johnson on the 11th as the world No 1 finds the greenside bunker with his approach shot on the par-4. 

Johnson doesn’t get as much spin as he would have hoped and has a tricky 15-foot putt for par now. Can he rescue himself?

Koepka has plenty of work to do after an underwhelming approach shot leaves him on the fringes of the green on the ninth. He has a monster putt for birdie and will do well to make par.

But the leader makes it look easy, rolling his huge putt within inches of the cup before rolling home for par. 

Level-par for Koepka on the front nine. He turns in 35 and holds a four-shot lead over Johnson.

Johnson looks to start his final nine in style but the chance goes begging. He lines up his birdie putt but it was always going a hair right. He walks off the 10th green with par and remains at -8. 

Johnson is finding the fairways and is giving himself birdie chances, which is what he needs to do. He leaves himself with about 20 feet left for birdie on the par-4 10th. Can he make the most of his opportunity?

The ninth has been a mixed hole for Koepka (birdie, par, bogey). But he strikes a brilliant drive straight down the middle of the fairway to ease any potential nerves he may have on the hole. Can’t ask for any more!

Koepka has the opportunity to restore his five-shot lead on the par-3 eighth. However, he can’t as his tricky and lengthy birdie putt doesn’t catch enough of the slope.

He has a couple of feet left for par and he manages to finish off the business. Doing all he really needs to do at the moment.

Johnson gets one shot closer to Koepka as he rolls home a short birdie putt on the par-4 ninth. It has taken a while for someone to put some pressure on but the world No 1 is just about doing that.

Johnson, -3 for his round, is now four shots adrift of Koepka. He couldn’t, could he?

Another hole out of the way for Koepka as he makes par on the seventh. Still on -12 with 12 holes remaining in his final round.

Brilliant up-and-down for Johnson as he makes par following his poor tee shot on the eighth. The world No 1 stays on -7, five shots adrift of Koepka.

Jazz is going around his business nicely today and he is clearly enjoying himself. After bogey on the first, the young Thai star has bounced back in style. He sits -5 for the tournament thru 7 holes.

Excellent final round from McIlroy as he finishes off with a par on the 18th to post -1 for the day. The Northern Irishman finishes the tournament +1.

Risky risky play from Koepka on the seventh as he goes for it off the tee with his driver. He opts for the aggressive line over the trees and it more than pays off as he finds the middle of the fairway.

Brilliant play and sums up why he is leading the PGA Championship by a country mile.

A slightly fortunate break for Johnson. On the par-3 eighth, the American clips the tree by the green before his ball drops down just on the edge of the green.

However, it could have been much worse for the world No 1. His ball could have dropped into the water after hitting the trees. He will look to walk away with par.

The leader sends his birdie putt on its way but he pulls his effort just left of the hole and has a couple of feet left for par on the sixth.

The world No 3 then tidies up to walk off unscathed. He remains at -12, five shots clear of compatriot Johnson. 

Koepka’s tee shot on the sixth finds the rough down the left. He faces a tricky approach shot but does well as his ball lands into the middle of the green before rolling towards the back.

He will certainly settle for par here. Keeping the holes ticking over.

Wallace is in a tie for third thanks to a strong final round so far. His approach shot on the par-3 eighth plays with fire as he lands at the front of the green, just about evading the water.

A lot of work to do for birdie, which would move him to -6.

Koepka has to chip onto the green from his third shot on the par-4 fifth, and he does very well to put himself within a couple of feet for par.

And he easily knocks home. Excellent and resolute play from Koepka to remain at -12. 

And it’s going from bad to worse for Varner as he makes a bogey on the fifth. Five dropped shots in three holes and he now sits tied 10th.

Johnson has a chance to eat in on Koepka’s lead and reduce it to five and he does just that. He birdies the par-4 sixth to move to -7 for the tournament.

All he can do is put the pressure on.

Koepka sends his eagle putt on its way on the fourth but it runs out of juice. He steadies the ship though as he makes birdie and moves back to level-par for the day to restore his six-shot lead.

Meanwhile, Varner walks off his horrendous hole with a double bogey. All that hard work on the first is immediately undone and he drops back to -2.

That’s four shots dropped in just two holes for Varner.

Two lost and now Varner is playing his fourth. It’s a matter of how many dropped shots for the 28-year-old. 

He gets his fourth shot back in play and will now look to make an up-and-down for sixth. Playing partner Koepka has a chance for eagle!

Johnson, unaware of what’s going on behind him, has a putt for birdie but it can’t quite find the right edge of the cup. He settles for par on the fifth. Stays at -6.

Koepka sets himself up with an eagle putt on the par-5 fourth with a brilliant eight-iron.

He has about 30 feet left but is in a strong position, while his playing partner is in plenty of trouble.

Nasty lie for Varner in the long stuff on the fourth. And his second shothas gone straight left – he is unravelling here after a perfect first hole.

This may be a long wait for Koepka while Varner looks for hisball.

A wayward tee shot from Varner on the fourth sees his drive rustle into the hay down the left. More trouble ahead for the American?

Johnson has finally made his move, birdieing the par-5 fourth to move to -6 thanks to a short putt. Now five behind close friend Koepka.

‘Come on Brooksy’ is shouted by a spectator as Koepka sends his birdie putt on its way. But he rolls it a couple of feet behind and has work to do. However, he comfortably rolls home for par and stays at -11.

Meanwhile, Varner has a tough putt for par to keep some pressure on and he pulls his effort… before missing his bogey attempt. Double bogey for Varner, which may just kill his hopes. He moves back to -4.

After edging a little closer to the top, Varner looks to push on on the par-3 third. But his tee shot is disappointing, as he draws it left of the green into the thick rough.

Koepka, playing with all the pressure, draws his tee shot onto the green and he has a lengthy birdie putt. That will settle the nerves.

Koepka has just over 16 feet for his birdie but he can’t catch the slope on the hill. The three-time major champion confidently knocks home for par on the second.

Varner also slots home for a par. The pair don’t mess around there.

Roars on the 13th as McIlroy sinks a beautiful long putt for birdie on the par-5. He is now +1 overall with just five holes remaining of his tournament.

Koepka sends the ball on its way with his approach shot on the second and it’s a good shot. He has an uphill putt for birdie, looks likely he will make par here.

Varner meanwhile is disappointed with his approach. The American gets too much backspin, which rolls the ball into the rough at the front of the green.

Nice up-and-down for Johnson as he makes his third successive par on the third. Needs a few quick birdies to move up the leaderboard.

Not ideal for Matsuyama on the par-3 third. He makes a bogey to drop back to-4, seven shots behind Koepka.

Varner with the honour on the second tee. He opts for the iron and strokes it straight down the middle of the fairway. Still has a way to go to the pin.

Can Koepka keep his nerve after an early wobble? The leader chooses his iron as well, and finds the first cut down the left.

Koepka chips out and has about 15 feet for par on the opening hole. The leader sends his putt on the way but he drags it. Bogey on the first for the American.

The door is slightly slightly ajar. A seven-stroke lead is cut to five now as Varner makes birdie for a two-shot swing.

Koepka goes to -11, while Varner is on -6.

Johnson has a birdie opportunity on the second but it’s tricky. He faces a downhill right-to-left putt but it doesn’t have the pace as his ball falls down the wayside.

Par-par start for the world No 1.

Koepka has a slightly tough lie in the rough with 86 yards left. And he uncharacteristically fluffs it, finding the rough in front of the green. Even the best get nervous!

Varner III goes for a gentle chip as he looks to run it up to the flag and he gets the ball close! He only has a few feet left for an opening birdie. Great start by him.

The time has arrived… Brooks Koepka and Harold Varner III are underway in the final group!

Runaway leader Koepka has the honour on the first tee and he sees his drive just roll into the rough on the left.

Varner III, who is in unchartered territory, is up next. And it’s brilliant as he shows no signs of nerves, pumping his tee shot straight down the middle of the fairway.

Wallace sinks a brilliant lengthy putt to make birdie on the second. He now moves onto -5 in a five-way tie behind leader Brooks Koepka.

Young Thailand star Jazz Janewattananond tees off on the first in front of a huge crowd. And he shows no nerves whatsoever, finding the fringe of the fairway on the right.

Luke List is up next on the first tee and the American stays composed as well, just finding the rough down the left.

Dustin Johnson nearly gets off to the perfect start he needs. He attempts to chip in from the edge of the green for birdie on the first but his effort finishes up just inches from the cup.

The world No 1 remains at -5.

Matsuyama makes an opening par to stay at -4 overall.

First of the par-3s for Spieth on the third. He has a birdie attempt but rolls it five feet past the hole. Tricky return coming up for the American.

But he stays firm and rolls home for par. He remains at -3.

Dustin Johnson tees off on the first. He can get very close to the green but sees his drive rustle into the rough down the left.

Hideki Matsuyama goes next. And he shows no signs of nerves as he hits it straight down the middle of the fairway, leaving himself with a lovely angle to the green.

Matt Wallace (-4) and Xander Schauffele (-3) are now out and about on the course as they tee off on the first.

Just three pairings left to head out now on the final day.

Shane Lowry enjoying a fine round today in what are tough conditions. The Irishman has birdied the fourth and seventh and is now -2 for the day, level-par for the tournament.

Good putt from McIlroy to make par on the ninth. He stays level-par for the day but will be hoping to see fireworks on the back nine.

Finau is up next with a similar putt to his playing partner and he makes it too. He is +1 for the day.

Danny Willett gets off to a great start. The 2016 Masters champion sinks a 20-foot birdie putt on the second to move to -1 for the tournament. Hopefully he can take advantage of that!

Jordan Spieth and Erik Van Rooyen are the next to tee off.

Spieth starts on -3 while Van Rooyen is one shot behind. Can they make any early inroads?

18:45 Jordan Spieth, Erik Van Rooyen

18:55 Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott 

19:05 Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele

19:15 Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama 

19:25 Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List

19:35 Brooks Koepka, Harold Varner III

Rose again drops a shot on the par-5 fourth. After trickling over the back of the green in two, he somehow makes a six after facing an awkward chip uphill for his third which didn’t work out.

Rose drops back to +2 for the tournament (also +2 for the day).

McIlroy with a beauty of an approach shot on the par-3 eighth as he lands his ball stiff. A very birdieable opportunity for the Northern Irishman. Can he take advantage?

Pressure on McIlroy to ensure he doesn’t drop a shot and he stays calm. McIlroy makes par from within five feet to stay +2 thru seven holes.

His playing partner, Finau, also makes par to remain on +3.

And it hasn’t been a great start for fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood. The Southport-born golfer bogeys the par-4 second to drop back to +1.

It just hasn’t been his week.

A very rocky start from Rose and he just can’t find his rhythm. He bogeys the par-3 third for his second dropped shot of the day already.

He is now +1 for the PGA Championship. 

After his opening bogey, Rose bounces back in the best way possible. The 38-year-old makes birdie on the par-4 2nd to get back to level-par for the tournament.

McIlroy can’t save par on the par-4 6th. He has a 10-foot putt to save himself but the ball doesn’t roll as he wants.

Moves back to level-par for the day and +2 overall.

It hasn’t been the start Rose wanted. After hacking out from the rough down the right, Rose attempts  to chip in from the fringe on the first for par.

But he can’t and walks off with an opening bogey to move back to +1 for the tournament.

The leader Brooks Koepka has arrived in his reigning champion parking spot.

He is ready to go and looks focused as he walks to the clubhouse. He has bullied the course so far, will that continue today?

Mickelson and Casey finish up at the PGA Championship and it’s a poor ending for the former.

The American fails to roll home from within five feet as he makes bogey at the last. He ends on +12 (+6 for the day).

Meanwhile, Casey settles for par on the last to finish on +5 overall.

McIlroy does brilliantly to save par on the 5th hole. He sinks home from just over 10 feet to ensure he stays -1 for his round so far today.

Rose is making a mess of the first. After clattering the trees with his tee shot, he can’t get out of the rough. Looks like he may drop a shot straight away.

Justin Rose and Sam Burns get their rounds started.

2013 US Open champion Rose hits his opening tee shot into the rough down the right-hand side.

McIlroy goes close for eagle to the par-5 4th but his putt misses just to the right. The 30-year-old claims birdie though and moves to +1 for the tournament.

Finau will be annoyed with himself after missing out on the par-5 as he makes par.

This young kid will never forget this! He is work behind-the-scenes on the driving range, mingling with the world’s top golfers as they prepare to head out for their final round.

Finau walks off the second very frustrated with himself as he fails to take advantage of his brilliant approach shot. The American walks off with par.

Meanwhile, McIlroy again settles for par after leaving himself with a difficult birdie opportunity. Both remain at +2 for the major.

Those at the top of the leaderboard are starting to arrive. Harold Varner III rocked up a moment ago, and so did Jordan Spieth as they look to make what would be an historic comeback at Bethpage Black.

McIlroy goes right over the top of the flag on the 2nd as he attempts the aggressive line. However, he leaves himself with a lengthy birdie putt coming down the hill.

Finau goes next and the American hits a beauty, getting the distance right and seeing the spin bring his ball back close towards the hole. Just over five feet for birdie.

That’s more like it from Tyrrell Hatton. After bogeying the 2nd, the Englishman sinks a lovely 15-foot putt for birdie on the 3rd to go back to +2 for the tournament.

McIlroy and Finau are off to a solid start in the final round of the 101st PGA Championship.

The Northern Irishman and American both settle for par. They start the day at +2.

2012 and 2014 PGA Champion Rory McIlroy has a driver in hand. The Northern Irishman hits it down the left into the rough.

Finau, another player not short of yardage either, runs out of room as he hits it so far. The American’s drive easily carries over the trees before settling into the rough down the left side as well.

What a start to his round for Bronson Burgoon. The American has birdied three consecutive holes (3rd to 5th) to move to level-par for the tournament.

Can he keep up the surge? Fearless so far.

Mickelson is struggling out there today at Bethpage Black. The five-time major champion is +3 for the day (+9 for the tournament) and appeared to pick up a slight injury just now.

After hacking out of trouble on the 11th, Mickelson clutched his right elbow and looked uncomfortable. 

But it all seems good now!

Just over 15 minutes to go until Rory McIlroy and Tony Finau head out for their final rounds. The Ryder Cup rivals both start on +2.

Molinari and Johnson get off to solid starts during their final rounds at Bethpahe Black. The pair both par their opening holes.

While they won’t be able to catch Koepka, they will want to make their way up the leaderboard and earn more prize money!

One of the stand-out groupings in Francesco Molinari and Zach Johnson are underway. The pair both start their closing rounds on +3.

15:35 Bronson Burgoon, J.J. Spaun

15:45 Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley

15:55 Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson

16:05 Billy Horschel, Webb Simpson

16:15 Emiliano Grillo, Joel Dahmen

16:25 Matt Kuchar, Charles Howell III

16:35 Aaron Wise, Tyrrell Hatton

16:45 Haotong Li, Adam Hadwin

16:55 Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau

17:05 Abraham Ancer, Jason Day

17:15 Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Adam Long

17:25 Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry 

17:35 Jimmy Walker, Scott Piercy

17:45 Justin Rose, Sam Burns

17:55 Chez Reavie, Tommy Fleetwood

18:05 Lucas Glover, Lucas Bjerregaard 

18:25 Danny Lee, Danny Willett 

18:35 Sung Kang, Rickie Fowler

18:45 Jordan Spieth, Erik Van Rooyen 

18:55 Patrick Cantlay, Adam Scott 

19:05 Matt Wallace, Xander Schauffele

19:15 Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama 

19:25 Jazz Janewattananond, Luke List

19:35 Brooks Koepka, Harold Varner III

It has been a mixed start for the 2:15pm pairing of Casey and Mickelson.

The Englishman is -2 for his round after just five holes, while Mickelson is +1.

Casey is now +4 for the tournament and Mickelson is +7.

Not too many are out on the course at the moment but some are doing their best to get the crowd going.

Beau Hossler is enjoying a fine final round so far at Bethpage Black. The American is -2 for his round after eight holes, picking up three birdies in his first six.

Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson are among those already out on the course, with the Ryder Cup rivals going out together at 2:15pm.

Some other standout pairings before Koepka and Co tee off include:

15:55 Francesco Molinari, Zach Johnson

16:55 Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau

17:45 Justin Rose, Sam Burns

Here we are ladies and gentleman, it’s the final day of the PGA Championship! You excited?

Brooks Koepka may hold a commanding seven-shot lead but the chasing pack will still have an eye on the prize. Can Dustin Johnson and Co hunt down the three-time major winner?

You can find out right here as we bring you live updates from Bethpage Black. Enjoy the action…

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