Defending champion Brooks Koepka struggled to find momentum early in his final round at the US PGA Championship as leader Dustin Johnson headed out on Sunday.

Koepka has won the tournament in each of the past two years and talked a good game after Saturday's third round, seemingly intending to increase the pressure on Johnson.

But the four-time major winner made an unconvincing start and was soon in trouble at the second, scrambling to a first bogey of the day.

That setback saw Koepka fall back to a tie for 11th on six under and suddenly facing somewhat of an uphill battle.

His woes at the second were exacerbated by a solid start from Johnson, who was four strokes clear of his rival after birdieing the first.

Playing partner Scottie Scheffler briefly pulled level with Johnson on nine under, yet the former world number one - whose only major win came at the 2016 U.S. Open - swiftly became the first player to reach 10 under.

Early pressure from further down the leaderboard came courtesy of Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau, who each reached eight under with birdie-birdie starts.

Tiger Woods felt he had cause for optimism after carding a three-under 67 in his final round at the US PGA Championship, although he was a long way short of title contention.

The 15-time major champion was out of the running in San Francisco heading into Sunday's last 18 holes after consecutive 72s left him two over par for the week.

There was improvement from Woods as the tournament came to a close, however, carding three birdies across the first seven holes.

Although a bogey followed at the eighth, the American made two more gains on the back nine before finishing in disappointing fashion with five at the par-four 18th.

Woods' best score of the week meant he was eight shy of Dustin Johnson as the leaders prepared to head out.

"What I got out of this week is that I felt I was competitive," Woods said.

"If I would have made a few more putts on Friday early on, and the same thing with Saturday, I feel like would have been right there with a chance come today.

"It didn't happen, but I fought hard. That's golf. We lose way more tournaments than we win."

Explaining his fourth-round performance, he added: "I drove it like I did on Friday, my irons were a little crisper and I hit better putts.

"I wanted an under-par tournament score yesterday and made it happen today."

Indeed, Woods fared better than some of the other big names out on the course early on Sunday.

Rory McIlroy was struggling to improve his even-par overall score in an inconsistent round until following a birdie at the 15th with an eagle at the next, while Phil Mickelson finished with a double-bogey that left him four over for the week.

However, Jordan Spieth belatedly found some form, recovering to the same score as Mickelson with a 67.

Andy Sullivan will carry a five-shot lead into the final round of the English Championship but vowed he would be preparing for a battle over the closing 18 holes.

The 33-year-old Englishman earned all of his three wins on the European Tour in 2015, helping to secure a Ryder Cup place, and is taking nothing for granted as he chases down a long-awaited fourth title.

A sparkling seven-under-par 64 on Saturday contained eagles at the first and ninth holes, nudging Sullivan to 21 under through 54 holes. 

Last year's Portugal Masters champion Steven Brown sat a distant second on 16 under at Hanbury Manor after a 66.

Sullivan said he had "good fun" in picking off the eagles and birdies among a couple of dropped shots.

He drove the green sumptuously at the par-four first, holing a short putt for the first of the two eagles.

But with scoring having been low through the first 54 holes - so low that those on four under through 36 holes missed the cut - Sullivan expects someone in the pack behind him to shoot an eye-catching closing round.

"I don't think it's a golf course where you can rest on your laurels," Sullivan told the European Tour website. "You've got to go after it a little bit and try to make birdies but also be sensible.

"I didn't really realise I was five in front until coming up the last."

He added: "I can't control anyone that's going to come up behind me.

"This course does offer a lot of birdies so I'm sure at some point someone's going to have a little run at me.

"All I can do is control what I can do and see where we are at the end of it."

Sullivan had led by one overnight after a 62 on Friday vaulted him up the leaderboard, and only one player went lower than his Saturday score, with Marcus Armitage bounding to a tie for 10th on the back of a 63 that moved him to 13 under overall.

South Africans Dean Burmester and Brandon Stone sat alongside Spain's Adrian Otaegui on 15 under, with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts among those one shot further back.

Tommy Fleetwood was able to learn plenty during the enforced break from golf and says his game is getting better and better after firing himself into contention at the US PGA Championship.

After a steady but largely sedate level-par opening round, Fleetwood carded a brilliant six-under-par 64 at TPC Harding Park on Friday to sit two shots back of leader Li Haotong.

This weekend is golf's first major of 2020 with the season having been suspended for three months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fleetwood, who has runners-up finishes as the 2018 U.S. Open and last year's Open Championship on his resume, appreciates what he missed during the time away from course and feels his game is in decent nick.

"It really is different. I like playing golf, and I played golf over the break, but it's not the same," he said.

"Tournament golf, even on a course that's scoreable – the margins for error are so much smaller than leisurely golf. You play at a different pace and the setups are very different.

"So I've learned a lot from going away and coming back. When you're playing 30 times a year, you don't realise what a groove you're getting in or how sharp you really are – even when you're not playing at your best.

"Like I said, I feel like my game is getting better and better. I'm not gonna say I'm playing the best I've ever played, or I'm feeling as sharp as I've ever felt, but it's definitely coming back, and days like today – a major championship and I've shot a great score – shows I'm hopefully not too far off."

The Englishman feels his ability to find fairways was the difference between his first and second round scores.

"I had that bad couple of holes on 12 and 13, which, you know, on a tough day you don't want to give too much away, and that kind of halted progress," Fleetwood added.

"Level par wasn't a bad score. I was disappointed when I came in because I felt like I had a round going at a certain time, but it was fine.

"And today [Friday], just the same – I feel like my game is improving day by day really since I've come back to playing a little bit.

"I think I hit a lot of good golf shots. In the wind, it puts such an emphasis on ball control and I think sometimes what looks like an average golf shot is a very, very good golf shot. And you have to remind yourself of that.

"I hit a lot of fairways and that clearly makes it easier from there around this golf course."

Brooks Koepka played down any concerns over a hip issue after the second round of the US PGA Championship.

Bidding to win a third straight US PGA title, Koepka carded a two-under 68 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Friday to be two shots adrift of leader Li Haotong.

But the American required treatment on his hip three times during his round, raising concerns over his health heading into the weekend.

Koepka, however, played down any worries, saying: "It was my hip. Nothing to do with my knee. It's fine.

"I woke up this morning, it was tight, and worked out and it got even tighter and then we loosened it up. It was a little tight when I was hitting balls on the range but it's nothing to be worried about.

"We'll loosen it up again and it will be a lot better."

Koepka finished his round with a birdie at the final hole and sits in a six-way tie for second at six under.

The four-time major champion was happy with his form, saying missed putts cost him an even better second-round score.

"It was nice to finish that round with a birdie. It got I thought pretty difficult from about 11 on. The wind picks up, and it's quite difficult," Koepka said.

"It's not an easy golf course. You've got to find the fairway and then find the uphill putt or hit it close to the pin. These greens are so good.

"You can make a lot of putts. I hit a lot of good putts today, just didn't go in."

Li Haotong will take a surprise two-stroke lead into the weekend at the US PGA Championship after an impressive second round.

The 25-year-old is bidding to become the first Chinese man to win a major and is well-placed at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Li backed up his opening-round 67 with a five-under 65, moving to eight under and into a two-shot lead.

He produced a bogey-free round that featured five birdies to sit clear of Brooks Koepka (68), Jason Day (69), Tommy Fleetwood (64), Daniel Berger (67), Justin Rose (68) and Mike Lorenzo-Vera (68).

Koepka's bid for a third straight US PGA title remains well and truly alive despite the American needing treatment on his hip during his second round.

The four-time major champion birdied his final hole to be in the six-way tie for second on what remains a congested leaderboard.

Day, who shared the overnight lead with Brendon Todd (70), was among those challenged in the tougher conditions later in the day.

But none of that group could catch Li, who spent hours practising after his round was over.

Todd, Paul Casey (67) and Cameron Champ (64) are tied for eighth at five under, while several big names have endured a mixed start to the tournament.

Dustin Johnson continued his consistent start with a 67 to be at four under, alongside the likes of Xander Schauffele (70).

The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, though, were at risk of missing the cut.

While Woods (72) never got going, McIlroy (69) got on a roll that included four straight birdies before undoing his good work at the 12th, where he made a triple bogey after finding the rough.

Woods and McIlroy are even and one under respectively, while Spieth (68) and Thomas (70) made the cut by a stroke, sitting at one over.

Rickie Fowler, meanwhile, saw his run of 14 consecutive majors without missing the cut end after following up his 73 with a 69.

While Sergio Garcia also missed the cut, 2010 champion Martin Kaymer failed to reach the weekend, shooting a 12-over 82 a day after his opening 66.

Meanwhile, Cameron Tringale was disqualified from the event for the second time after signing an incorrect scorecard.

Jason Day was pleased with his second round as he stayed in contention at the US PGA Championship on Friday.

The Australian carded a one-under 69 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco to be two shots behind leader Li Haotong.

Day, the 2015 champion, was happy with his performance in tougher conditions.

"The course played a little bit, obviously, a lot harder today for us in the afternoon. I know that the guys got a lot stronger wind yesterday," he said.

"So to be able to walk off beating the golf course and shooting 69 today, I was pretty pleased with that."

Day will head into the weekend in contention for a second major win and first victory since 2018.

The 32-year-old said he had tried to take a different approach after a difficult year, which has included four missed cuts in 11 events.

"I've been in such a terrible head space for the last six months that I'm trying to have a better outlook, a better attitude about it," Day said.

"When you wake up in the morning, you have a better attitude and you're excited to go to the golf course.

"It makes things like a day like today where it's difficult seem a lot better than coming out, if you had a terrible attitude or you're not feeling that great. You could potentially come out here and shoot yourself out of the lead or out of contention.

"I'm excited for the next two days. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be tough. It should be a good weekend."

Li Haotong insisted he had "no expectation" at the US PGA Championship despite taking the lead during the second round.

The 25-year-old from China carded a five-under 65 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco on Friday to lead the year's first major.

Li, who finished third at the 2017 Open Championship, has struggled this year, missing four cuts in eight events.

He is looking to become the first Chinese man to win a major, but said he was simply trying to have fun.

"Well, I've got no expectation actually, because you know, last few months, stay at home doing nothing," Li said.

"I just want to [come] out here, have fun."

After the PGA Tour season restarted in June, Li missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament before finishing tied for 75th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Li said he came into the US PGA Championship struggling for confidence after his recent performances.

"I didn't even think I could play like this this week, especially, like you said, got no confidence," he said.

"Probably it helped me clear my mind a little bit this week."

Andy Sullivan produced a scorching back nine in the searing heat in Ware to move to the top of the English Championship leaderboard after round two on Friday.

By posting seven birdies after the turn, Sullivan carded a course-record nine-under 62 to move to 14 under for the tournament and take a one-shot lead over Laurie Canter and Dean Burmester.

Sullivan matched the lowest nine holes in this season's Race to Dubai and Burmester followed suit, an eagle three and five birdies on his way back launching him into contention.

Andrew Johnston and Nicolas Colsaerts were part of a nine-man group sitting three shots off the lead in a share of fourth place.

Overnight leader Cormac Sharvin was unable to replicate his fine performance on Thursday, with three bogeys seeing him sign for a one-under 70 to fall five shots off the pace.

Brendon Todd said his putting was "lights out" as he took a share of the lead at the US PGA Championship on Thursday.

The American carded a five-under 65 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco to share the lead with Jason Day after the opening round.

Todd, who finished tied for 15th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last week, said he putted at his best during the first round.

"It was lights out. I couldn't have putted any better, there's no doubt, and I did this last week," he said.

"The first round, I had a lights-out day putting, and, again, I've always watched guys shoot those low opening rounds and it's really just the guys who are confident.

"Week in, week out, their games are rolling. It's nice to be able to do that."

Todd made a nine-foot putt for par at the final hole to ensure he led overnight with Day.

The 35-year-old said it was a key moment to ensure he went into the second round with some momentum.

"I think it really helps me going into [Friday]. It allows me to spend the next 12 hours before my second round feeling really good, like I've got momentum still," Todd said.

"I would say it's really just, for this moment, it means a lot but after that, it's just going to be another score at the end of the week."

Jason Day and Brendon Todd share a one-stroke lead on a congested leaderboard after the first round of the US PGA Championship on Thursday.

Day, the 2015 champion, carded a bogey-free five-under 65 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

The Australian capitalised on favourable early conditions and made five birdies to sit a stroke clear of nine players, alongside Todd.

Todd produced the best round of those in action later in the day, although he mixed seven birdies with two bogeys.

Bidding to win a third straight US PGA title, Brooks Koepka is among that group after shooting a four-under 66.

Koepka mixed six birdies with two bogeys as the American continued to grow in confidence after a runner-up finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Martin Kaymer, the 2010 champion, Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele, Bud Cauley, Zach Johnson, Justin Rose, Brendan Steele and Mike Lorenzo-Vera are also in a tie for third.

Rose was just one under with six holes to play in his round, but the Englishman managed three birdies to be in contention.

In action for just the second time since the PGA Tour season restarted in June, 15-time major champion Tiger Woods opened with a two-under 68.

The American was even through his first 12 holes before a strong finish saw him birdie three of four holes prior to dropping another shot.

Bryson DeChambeau accidentally broke his driver during his first round and was twice four under, but finished with a 68.

Dustin Johnson carded a one-under 69 to be tied for 33rd, a shot better off than four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who battled to his 70.

Jon Rahm also struggled to get going on his way to a 70, while 2017 champion Justin Thomas fired a 71.

Jordan Spieth's hopes of completing a career Grand Slam this year took a hit, the American again battling as he opened with a 73 that included five bogeys. Rickie Fowler also shot an opening-round 73.

Brooks Koepka said he is feeling confident in his bid for a US PGA Championship three-peat after shooting a first-round 66 in San Francisco.

Koepka impressed in the opening round of the year's first major due to coronavirus, the two-time defending champion holing six birdies and two bogeys to be just a shot off the pace at TPC Harding Park.

Asked what it would mean to win three straight US PGA titles, American star Koepka replied: "It would mean extra because I wasn't able to do it at the U.S. Open.

"I think that drove me nuts a little bit. I mean, obviously I played about as good – I played good golf, but I just got beat by Gary [Woodland].

"To do it here, it would be special. I think – I don't know how many – I think there's, what, six guys that have ever won three in a row. Not a bad list to be on. That's the whole goal every time we tee it up in a major is to win them. The whole year is spent prepping for these four."

Koepka started on the back nine and after bogeying his second hole, the four-time major champion responded by birdieing four of his next seven.

The big-hitting 30-year-old dropped the first following the turn, however, a pair of birdies on the second and fourth holes ensured he ended the day at four under.

"I mean, it's only 18 holes right now. I feel good. I feel confident," Koepka told reporters afterwards.

"I'm excited for the next three days. I think I can definitely play a lot better, and just need to tidy a few things up, and we'll be there come Sunday on the back nine."

Koepka entered the US PGA having fallen short in his title defence at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, though it marked his best result of the year and just his second top-10 finish in 11 events.

"I feel right where I should be," he said. "If you would have said last week and this week, I'd feel perfect, right where I need to be. I'm excited. I'm ready to play. But you asked for three weeks, so it's been okay. There was a missed cut in there."

Koepka added: "The majors almost seem like an easier week for me, nine holes pretty much every day in the practice rounds and try to stay off my feet and not do too much.

"I think sometimes guys cannot overprepare, but just practice a little too much. If you're going to be here until Sunday it's pretty mentally draining. Physically it's fine, but mentally I'm done after four days of this."

Bryson DeChambeau accidentally snapped the head off his driver during the opening round of the US PGA Championship.

American golfer DeChambeau broke his driver after hitting a tee shot on the seventh hole at TPC Harding Park on Thursday.

One of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau was leaning on the club as he attempted to pick up the tee when the head became detached in San Francisco.

DeChambeau – a six-time Tour champion – was able to replace the driver as it was not damaged through anger or abuse.

"The head is fine, it's just the shaft. That was weird, swinging too hard. I guess it's all those swings I put in. Glad I can replace it, that's awesome. That’s a nice break," DeChambeau said on course.

"I think it is so funny. It was bound to break. I've been using it for a long time. Got a lot of good use out of it."

Rory McIlroy felt an even-par 70 in the US PGA Championship first round was not too bad after battling in San Francisco.

The four-time major champion struggled to a 70 that included four birdies and four bogeys at TPC Harding Park on Thursday.

McIlroy said it was a missed opportunity in the first round, but also believed his score could have been worse.

"Condition-wise, the wind wasn't up and it was a little warmer, so that was nice," the Northern Irishman said.

"I felt like the course was there for the taking. Jason Day shot five under. There's been a few four unders.

"The pins were tucked a little bit. The greens are getting a touch firmer. A lot of wind directions. For example, there's a few holes where the wind was – or the pin was on the right side of the green and the wind blowing right to left, so it's hard to get yourself to get close to those. You're sort of hitting to the middle of the greens a lot.

"It was there for the taking today. I mean, I feel like I definitely could have been a few shots lower, but you know, I sort of grinded it out and with how I hit it on the back nine, even par actually wasn't too bad."

After a birdie at his opening hole – the 10th – McIlroy made three consecutive bogeys starting at 12 before recovering.

McIlroy said he needed improvement in the second round, having struggled off the tee during his opening 18 holes.

"Actually got off a nice start, birdieing the first hole of the day, the 10th hole for us, and then, yeah, I made three bogeys in a row. Ended up being a pretty good bogey on 14," he said.

"And then after that, was happy, I birdied three holes in a four-hole stretch to get back to under par for the day which was nice. That was good.

"Then on our second nine, the front nine, I didn't hit fairways, and then from there, the way that the pins were tucked, I was just trying to play to the front of the greens and two-putt from 40 feet and move on to the next hole.

"Need to hit a few more fairways tomorrow to try to attack some pins and get it closer, and not leave myself four- and five-footers for par all day."

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