Koepka holds the 54-hole lead as he bids for his third PGA Championship win. Alamy Stock Photo
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Koepka takes one-shot lead into final round at PGA Championship, McIlroy five shots back

Koepka’s Saturday 66 gives him a one-shot lead over Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners.

RORY MCILROY WILL start Sunday’s final round at the PGA Championship five shots behind leader Brooks Koepka.

Koepka — who also held the 54-hole lead at The Masters last month before finishing joint runner-up — shot a brilliant round of four-under par 66 on Saturday to seize control.

On a day of very trying conditions at Oak Hill, only nine of the 76 remaining players carded rounds under par.

Bidding to win this Major for a third time, Koepka moved to six-under and leads by a single shot from Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners.

Bryson DeChambeau is two shots further back on three-under, while Justin Rose and Scottie Scheffler are on two-under, one clear of McIlroy who will start Sunday’s final round in seventh place after a one-under par 69.

“Overall, anything in the red today is a good score,” McIlroy told Sky Sports afterwards.

“I went out there today and freewheeled it, whatever happens happens. The conditions are tough, just try to embrace it as best as you can.

“I’m going to need to have that same attitude tomorrow.”

Shane Lowry is in a tie for 10th on one-over par after he made 15 pars on his way to a 71 on Saturday.

Pádraig Harrington battled right to the finish with three birdies in his final six holes — including a chip-in from the greenside bunker on 18 — to card a five-over par 75, leaving him on eight-over for the tournament.

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