Koepka comes back into contention

02 August 2020 20:00:56 GMTPlus11

Brooks Koepka played himself back into contention with a thrilling finish to his third round to sit three shots behind leaden Brandon Todd as he bids to successfully defend his WGC St Jude Invitational.

Koepka looked unlikely to challenge when he double-bogeyed the second and then dropped another shot on the sixth but the two-time US Open and US PGA major champion showed his true colours with a blistering finale to the day.

Six birdies in the final ten holes at TPC Southwind was the best Koepka, who has been struggling with a knee injury picked up in October, has played in a disappointing season which has seen him finish in the top ten just once.

I think sometimes you've got to play your way into it and I've done that.

Brooks Koepka

However, he still has work to do to catch Todd, who has won three times previously on the PGA Tour with the first of those coming in 2014 at the Byron Nelson Championship.

He followed that with two successes last year at the Bermuda Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic but victory in Memphis would undoubtedly be the biggest success of his career.

Todd leads from one to Byeong-Hun An, while Rickie Fowler is a shot further back on ten-under with Koepka, who believes his decision to keep turning up for events is paying dividends, at nine-under.

"It was kind of a matter of time and that's why I've been playing every week," he said.

"I think sometimes you've got to play your way into it and I've done that. I feel very comfortable with what I'm doing, changes we made. It feels honestly like it did last year around this time."

Todd is 4001.00 to win Fed Ex St Jude Invitational with An at 4001.00.

Koepka is 151.00 to retain his crown and Rickie Fowler can be backed at 4001.00.

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