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Adam Scott falls further behind PGA Championship leader Brooks Koepka at Bethpage

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Australian Adam Scott's hopes of reeling in US PGA Championship leader Brooks Koepka are all but over, with the defending champion increasing his lead at New York's Bethpage Black course.

The powerful Koepka is bullying one of the toughest courses in US tournament golf, picking up a shot through 14 holes of round three to sit at 13-under par.

Big-hitting Luke List is Koepka's nearest challenger but has been left in the dust, six shots behind at seven-under.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson is a shot further back at six-under.

Australian former world No.1 Scott started Saturday in second place, seven shots behind Koepka, and could not afford to make a mistake.

But he bogeyed the par-three third and, although he responded with a birdie at the next hole, dropped further shots at the seventh, ninth and 14th holes.

Scott currently sits at three-under the card, given he has dropped two shots and is 10 shots behind Koepka.

Scott's countryman Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, improved a shot during a 69 but is well out of contention at two over.

Day is nevertheless far removed from the remaining Australians to make the 36-hole cut, with Cameron Smith (74) and Lucas Herbert (73) finishing their third rounds with a seven-over total.

Koepka is gunning for his fourth major victory in less than two years, having won last year's PGA Championship and the past two US Opens.


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