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Unlike his playing partner, Brooks Koepka plays the long par-five 4th in the fuss-free fashion. Two big cracks down the middle, then a wedge from 100 yards to eight feet. In goes the straight putt, and that’s the 2018 and 2019 champion’s first birdie of the day. It’s the sort of day you need to grind it out; is there a better grinder in world golf thank Koepka? He’s -3.
It’s all unravelling quickly for poor Callum Tarren. He sends his tee shot at 4 out of bounds down the right, then his reload into deep rough on the other side. He ends up with a second consecutive double bogey, and crashes down the standings to +2. But this is easy to do. In the match behind, Bryson DeChambeau sends his drive into the cabbage down the left, and can’t escape from it with his second. He ends up wedging four into the green from 75 yards … but unlike Tarren, pulls a rabbit out of a hat, screwing it dead to kick-in…
This article was written by Scott Murray and originally published on www.theguardian.com