Only 18 holes remain until the Wanamaker is presented at TPC Harding Park. Of course, given the leaderboard looks like an elevator packed with elephants, maybe we’ll need to play a couple more.
There are 17 players boasting a score of five under or better through three days at the PGA Championship, with Dustin Johnson leading the pack at nine under. Leading the field in strokes gained/putting, Johnson is primed to capture that elusive second major that will elevate his legacy to a new strata. To do so, Johnson will have to hold off a crowd, comprised of formidable opponents top to bottom.
There are young guns in Cam Champ and Scottie Scheffler, players molded out of the bomb-and-gouge cauldron. At two behind is Collin Morikawa, who within one year of turning professional has already asserted himself as one of the best second-shot players in the sport (second on tour in approach). There are former major winners and World No. 1s Jason Day and Justin Rose, and a battle-tested veteran in Paul Casey. Tony Finau and Xandre Schauffele have made a living at the majors, and this course seems as good as any to capture their breakthrough.
There is also Bryson DeChambeau, whose transformation into a long-drive contestant that can putt has been the primary storyline this season. Oh, and some guy named Brooks Koepka, who has won four of the Big 4 since 2017 and is looking to become the first player since the ‘50s to three-peat at a major. Better yet, Koepka has thrown down the gauntlet, questioning the leader board that stands in front of him, adding the dagger that DJ “only has one” major. So much for being gym buddies.
The Golf Digest team will be your guides for the final round of action at Harding Park, delivering updates and commentary throughout Sunday at the PGA Championship.