Koepka takes 1-shot lead in wild chase for $15 million

Published 11:00 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2019 | Updated 11:45 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2019


ATLANTA (AP) — One last birdie gave Brooks Koepka the 54-hole lead in the Tour Championship. One more round in that position will give him $15 million.

Koepka got up-and-down from behind the green on the par-5 18th hole to complete a bogey-free Sunday morning at East Lake and set up what could be a wild chase for the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize.

There has never been more money at stake in a single day on the PGA Tour, and Koepka didn’t seem the least bit alarmed.

“It’s easy for me just to go play golf,” he said after a 2-under 68. “That’s what we love to do. That’s I guess what I was born to do. You’ve got 18 holes left. Just leave it all out there.”

He was at 15-under par, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele, four ahead of Paul Casey and Justin Thomas.

No one else was closer than nine shots of the lead.

Koepka began the third round with two bogeys in five holes before it was suspended Saturday because lightning struck a 60-foot pine and injured six people who had been standing near the tree. They were treated and released later that night.

The round resumed Sunday…

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