Joost Luiten had a bad third day at the PGA Championship in San Francisco in the night from Saturday to Sunday (Dutch time). The Dutch golfer dropped to 59th place, making an improvement on his best major result ever seem almost impossible.
The 34-year-old Luiten’s highest final ranking in a major is the 21st place in the PGA Championship of 2012. After an excellent second round in the TPC Harding Park, where no public is allowed to be present, he was still in the subtop on the Friday. 31st place. The third round on Saturday went much less well for the South Hollander.
Luiten recorded a moderate score of +3, with four bogeys and one birdie. In total he is now in 59th place with 212 (+2) tricks.
The Chinese Li Haotong also had a bad day with a lap of +3 and lost his leading position. The new leader is Dustin Johnson, who scored a score of -5 on Saturday, partly due to eight birdies. In total, the 36-year-old American is on 201 strokes and his fellow countrymen Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ follow on 202. Shortly behind are a number of players, making Sunday an exciting final day.
Dustin Johnson starts as the leader on the final day. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Koepka is hunting for the first time this century
Johnson is chasing his second major title after winning the US Open in 2016. Brooks Koepka still has a chance to win with 203 strokes.
The 30-year-old American has triumphed at the PGA Championship for the past two years and could become the first golfer this century to win the tournament three times in a row. The record is four consecutive victories for the American Walter Hagen in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927.
The PGA Championship is the first major tournament of 2020. Two other majors will follow later this year: the US Open (September 17-20) and the Masters (November 12-15). The fourth, The Open Championship, is canceled due to the corona virus.