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The Tour Report

October 12 2013

5:19 PM

Koepka, Garrigus tied at turn

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Brooks Koepka is seeking a victory in his first start in a non-major on the PGA TOUR.

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Brooks Koepka is holding strong at the Open. The Floridian, who's playing his first PGA TOUR event (excluding majors), is tied with Robert Garrigus for the lead halfway through the third round of the Open.

Both players are at 13 under par, one shot ahead of Jason Kokrak, who finished second at last year's Open. Jim Herman is in fourth place at 10 under par.

Koepka, who started the day with a one-shot lead, made the turn in 2-under 33 after birdies on the first two holes. He also made birdie on No. 4 to reach 14 under par, but bogeyed the sixth. Koepka is playing this week on a sponsor exemption. The former Florida State All-American is exempt on the European Tour after winning three times on the Challenge Tour this year. He's looking to establish himself on his home tour, as well, and a big week here in Northern California could help him achieve that goal. He is No. 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Garrigus' lone PGA TOUR title came at the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic. He finished 91st in the FedExCup in 2013. Garrigus made the turn in 4-under 31 on Saturday. He made birdie on the first two holes and Nos. 5 and 6. He bogeyed No. 7 but then made birdie on the par-5 ninth.

Kokrak started the third round eagle-birdie. He holed out from 130 yards on the par-4 first hole. He bogeyed Nos. 5 and 6, but birdied the seventh. He hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 ninth but was able to save par after getting up-and-down from 126 yards.

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