Brooks Koepka sets the target at Bethpage Black
By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — For once, everyone is talking about Brooks Koepka before he has the trophy from another major championship.
Koepka was impossible to ignore in the opening round of the PGA Championship, partly because he was playing with Tiger Woods, mainly because of his 7-under 63 that broke the course record at Bethpage Black. He became the first player to shoot 63 twice in the same major.
But it’s a long way to the finish line.
Danny Lee was one shot behind and played Friday morning ahead of a forecast that includes more rain. And of the eight previous players to shot 63 in the first round of a major, only two went on to win — Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 U.S. Open and Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA Championship.
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