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Brooks Koepka has promised to learn from his failure at The Masters as he chases his third PGA Championship title on Sunday.

Koepka surged into the final round lead with a superb second consecutive four-under 66 at Oak Hill and now has his eyes firmly set on clinching his fifth major crown.

He has a one-shot advantage over both Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners who posted 70s, while Bryson DeChambeau is three back and Justin Rose and Scottie Scheffler are a further shot adrift.

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A lively Rochester crowd booed Koepka on the first tee alongside his fellow LIV renegade DeChambeau, but the resurgent 33-year-old played with a point to prove all day and soon had the fans on side, firing five birdies with only one blemish to hit the front.

And Sunday’s final round will mark the second time in just over a month that Koepka has been in the final group of a major, following his disappointment at Augusta National.

Eyebrows were raised this week when Koepka admitted he had “choked away” his first Green Jacket after seeing his four-shot lead over eventual champion Jon Rahm evaporate.

He entered a marathon final day with the advantage over Rahm, but fell away over the closing 28 holes and the Spaniard eventually cruised to a four-shot victory.

Koepka is convinced he will not make the same mental errors again as he looks to convert his narrow lead into another Wanamaker trophy.

“I know what I did and I promise I won’t show up like that tomorrow,” he told CBS Sports. “I won’t have that thought process. It will be completely different and see where it puts me. It was kind of irritating and I’ll never do it again.”

Koepka also knows he is now in touching distance of becoming only the third player to win a trio of PGA Championship crowns, matching the feat of the legendary Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

“It would mean a lot,” he added. “I think a major championship would mean a lot to anybody. So yeah, to win one would be fantastic.

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“I was just told that I think only Tiger and Jack have won three, so that would be pretty special to be in a list or category with them. Just got to go out and go play good tomorrow.”

Rory McIlroy may require a Koepka collapse on Sunday to end his major drought, but still has an outside chance five shots back  after another one-under round of 69.

And Californian PGA club professional Michael Block, who has quickly become the feel-good story of the week in upstate New York, will play alongside McIlroy in the fourth final group after another monumental effort to shoot an even-par 70.

A fascinating final round awaits at Oak Hill.


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Ben Parsons joined bunkered as a Content Producer in 2023 and is the man to come to for all of the latest news, across both the professional and amateur games. Formerly of The Mirror and Press Association, he is a member at Halifax Golf Club and is a long-suffering fan of both Manchester United and the Wales rugby team.

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