Simpson’s early 65 proved low scoring was possible at the PGA

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TULSA, Okla. – As some of the best players in the world crashed in the soggy and windy conditions of the Southern Hills on Saturday, Webb Simpson showed that low scores were still possible.

Simpson’s 65 on an early start was one of the best runs of the day on Saturday and kept him within sight of the leaders. He could have been near the top if not for a 75 on Friday. Simpson barely survived the cut, then attacked on the weekend when bad weather blew in.

“I usually want it to be really hot. But you know, I feel like I grew up in the business of coming out and not going too far and being patient there, sort of manage,” said Simpson, winner of the 2012 US Open. “I think today what I did well was I just adapted to the conditions.. . I tried not to complain about anything.”

Simpson had two birdies in the first four holes. His eagle on the par-5 13th when he drove in a corner from the fairway was the hit of the morning.

The round left him one shot outside the top 10 when he finished.

“Today was a test both mentally and physically as we had haze all day, the clubface is a bit wet, it’s blowing sideways,” Simpson said. “I surprised myself a bit today. But I’ll take it.

Jordan Spieth can largely blame missing the last major of his Grand Slam quest on his putter, which continually let him down through the first three rounds of the PGA Championship.

He was already 77th of 79 players to put on before another poor showing on Saturday. This included a three-putt bogey on the par-3 sixth that ended with Spieth tossing his ball into the water and grabbing his putter as if to snap it in half.

Speaking of water, Spieth’s approach to the 12 jumped off the creek and near the green. He still bogeyed and shot 74, putting him at 5-over for the tournament.

Stewart Cink was inspired by Phil Mickelson, 50,’s triumph at the PGA Championship last year and is on the hunt for victory if a few things get in his way.

On his 49th birthday, Cink is in contention at Southern Hills having shot a 1 of 71. The winner of the 2009 British Open will start on Sunday seven strokes behind leader Mito Pereira, who happens to be 22 years his junior.

Mickelson, who retired rather than defend his title this week, became the oldest major winner with his victory last year at Kiawah Island. Mickelson surpassed the mark set by Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA.

Cink was 48 when he won last year’s Heritage at Harbor Town Golf Links.

“It blows the ceiling of what we thought was impossible before,” Cink said of Mickelson’s win last year. “I was inspired seeing what Phil did and that he hung on and was himself and just made it happen.”

Kramer Hickock made perhaps the most incredible bogey of the PGA Championship on Saturday.

After hitting into the greenside bunker at the par-4 12th, Hickock’s shot off the sand caught the lip and bounced towards him. The ball hit his shoe, which would have been a penalty before a rule change in 2019, and settled in Hickock’s deep footprint. He started hammering but couldn’t fire the next shot either.

This time the ball rolled deep into the trap and gave Hickock a decent lie. And wanting his third shot out of the bunker and his fifth on the hole, Hickock simply drilled for the crowd-pleasing bogey en route to a round 75.

Local teaching professional Tracy Phillips was finally able to play in the PGA Championship.

When an odd number of players made the cut in Southern Hills, the 56-year-old club pro from nearby Cedar Ridge Country Club was asked to be the playing partner – the scorer, in golf parlance – for Brian Harman , which was the first. the tee.

Phillips was one of the best junior players in the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s and went to Oklahoma State with the intention of playing professionally. But his swing went awry and he went nearly 20 years without playing before a late-career resurgence that nearly saw him qualify for this year’s PGA at the club’s professional championship.

His round at Southern Hills should be a good practice for next week though. He qualified for the Senior PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

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