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With Brooks Koepka out front at PGA, 2nd place plenty to play for

Maybe no one is going to catch Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship, but the rest of the field still has plenty to play for. There are the FedEx Cup standings and Masters invitations and the world ranking to think about, not to mention more than $1 million that goes to the runner-up.

Jordan Spieth refuses interview after 3rd round of PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth’s third round in the final group of the PGA Championship with runaway leader Brooks Koepka will have to speak for itself. Spieth didn’t talk to the media. Minutes after signing his scorecard on a scrambling round of 2-over-par 72, the 25-year-old Texan refused a reporter’s request for an interview.

Dustin Johnson blows chance to go head to head vs Brooks Koepka in final round

It would have made the perfect pairing: Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, close friends and workout buddies, ranked first and third in the world, in the final group of the fourth round of a major. But it didn’t happen. Johnson bogeyed the 18th hole in the third round of the PGA Championship to fall into a four-way tie for second place.

Lucas Glover again showing a liking for Bethpage Black

Majors at Bethpage Black seem to bring out the best in Lucas Glover. The 39-year-old won the U.S. Open in 2009 by two shots on the Long Island public course and is playing on the weekend in the PGA Championship. Glover shot his second straight 1-under 69 and finished 54 holes at even par. Not bad for a guy who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after missing the cut at the U.S. Open at the start of last summer.

PGA notebook: Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker miss the cut at the PGA Championship

Tiger Woods wasn’t the only prominent player who missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Bethpage Black also claimed Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker, who had not missed a cut in a major since the 2009 PGA Championship, Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter and Marc Leishman, who won this season’s opener, the CIMB Classic.

Adam Scott shoots 64, barely makes up ground on Koepka at PGA

Adam Scott isn’t intimidated by how Brooks Koepka is handling Bethpage Black. He also is aware that if Koepka keeps at it, Scott’s chances of winning a second major are nonexistent, even after he shot a 64 in the second round. It was the best score of the round.

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond makes music with 68 at PGA Championship

The Jazz man from Thailand made some music at the PGA Championship, and it was really good. Jazz Janewattananond is a 23-year-old playing in his first PGA Championship. He has shot rounds of 70 and 68 and his 2 under total has him on the leaderboard at Bethpage Black, even if his full last name doesn’t fit.

Rory McIlroy’s rally on second 9 saves him for weekend at PGA

Rory McIlroy appeared headed for a flight back to Florida when he stood at 7 over par with six holes left in the second round of the PGA Championship. Some ugly drives, unwise decisions and putts that ignored the hole put him in that precarious position. Then the two-time PGA titleholder and four-time major winner turned things around. His four birdies in the final five holes lifted him to 3 over, projected to be good enough to make the cut.

John Daly a fan favorite at PGA, with or without cart

For the second time, John Daly drove into history at the PGA Championship. First he did it with his big tee shots at Crooked Stick. This time he did it with his hands on a steering wheel at Bethpage Black. The surprise winner of the 1991 PGA Championship as the ninth alternate was given a rare exemption to drive a cart at Bethpage Black because of arthritis in his knee. And even a tough New York crowd had a soft spot for him. There was a roar every time he arrived at a tee or hit a shot.

Tiger Woods 9 shots behind Brooks Koepka after 72 in 1st round of PGA

The PGA Championship began poorly for Tiger Woods. Although he got masterful in the middle of the round, things then fell apart down the stretch. Not making any of it more palatable, Woods was paired with defending champion Brooks Koepka, who shot a 63 on a somewhat benign Bethpage Black. A nine-shot deficit after one round was not exactly what the galleries cheering his every move projected for Woods as he comes off his Masters victory and 15th major championship.

Tommy Fleetwood shoots 67, finishes 1st round of PGA in 3rd place

U.S. Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood was back on Long Island for another major, and once again he was looking up at Brooks Koepka on the leaderboard. Fleetwood shot a 3-under 67 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, four strokes behind the two-time defending U.S. Open champion. Fleetwood shot 63 in the final round at Shinnecock Hills last year but still finished one stroke behind Koepke.

PGA notebook: Fresh off a senior major, Steve Stricker returns to Bethpage

The modest Midwestern lifestyle of Steve Stricker has given way to moments of celebrity over the last month, watching the Masters with Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett and getting a police escort to the airport after winning a senior major on Monday. He and Phil Mickelson are the only two players at the PGA Championship who have played all four rounds of all four tournaments at Bethpage Black.

New York, Bethpage tend to bring out Phil Mickelson’s second-best

Phil Mickelson is back in the New York area this week for the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. It’s a course where he has twice finished as the runner-up in the U.S. Open. The five-time major champion says he enjoys feeding off the New York crowds and would like to reward them by winning.

Jordan Spieth trying to buck the odds at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship for the career Grand Slam. Masters champion Tiger Woods needs to win the next three majors to capture an unprecedented calendar Grand Slam. Based on how their seasons have gone, the question now is who has the better chance.

John Daly says cart a disadvantage at PGA on hilly Bethpage Black

John Daly hates having to use a cart in the PGA Championship and probably wouldn’t do it unless the major didn’t mean so much to him. He arrived at the Bethpage Black clubhouse with an elastic bandage around his right knee, a cigarette in one hand and a wish that he could simply walk the 7,459-yard rolling course the next four days. Arthritis in his knee prevents that. After playing nine practice holes, Daly said the cart is a big disadvantage. He can’t figure out where he can go with it.