Brooks Koepka Victorious At 2019 PGA Championship In Thrilling Finish

Brooks Koepka

Kopeka, who went into the final round with a seven-shot lead, was so in the zone that he did not appear to know what was going on. "I challenge anybody to go play this golf course in 15-20-mph winds and see what they shoot".

Varner and van Rooyen both said Koepka's excellence is a lesson, and an incentive. "What do you expect when you're half-choking it away?" After three straight rounds under par, List had five bogeys and a double-bogey during his tough round of 74 on Sunday afternoon.

He is the first play ever to win four majors is less than two years, adding to his PGA Championship win last year and back-to-back US Open success in 2017 and 2018. He won his second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills before a far less rowdy crowd.

World No 2 Koepka earned a winner's cheque of £1.56million after holding off a late charge from world No 1 Dustin Johnson.

Brooks was well aware of what was going on ahead of him and he was clearly feeling the heat but instead of applying yet more pressure, DJ made back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17 to give Brooks some much-welcomed breathing space and it changed the complexion of the championship entirely. I don't know if I ever have-I'm sure I have.

Koepka isn't there yet, but it's hardly an unreasonable assumption he will win more and, along with Woods and Johnson, will head a formidable U.S. team at Royal Melbourne.

This one should have been.

Graeme McDowell is also turning his attention to the venue at which he won his maiden major title in 2010 after carding a final round 70 to finish five over par at Bethpage. His final round score was the highest by a PGA champion in 15 years since Vijay Singh was 4-over par in 2004.

"I'm just glad I don't have to play any more holes", Koepka said. "That was a stressful round of golf", he said. Hole-in-ones make for some of golf's greatest moments, whether you're a professional or the most casual of casual golfers. The gusts were so strong that even when Koepka holed a three-foot putt on 16, he told Elliott the wind affected it. The victory also sees him leapfrog both Justin Rose and DJ to return to the top of the world rankings. "But it's okay. I'm all right with it". He's the fifth wire-to-wire victor in the PGA Championship.

And a third straight year winning a major? With those four coming in an eight-tournament stretch of majors, it puts him in more elite company. But from 194 yards, his 5-iron approach caught a gust and soared over the green into nasty rough.

Fellow Englishman Paul Casey said: "I can't imagine what a Ryder Cup will be like around here. I don't know what else to say". He now has runner-up finishes in all four of the majors, the wrong kind of career Grand Slam.

"I gave it a run", he said. Koepka set the 18- and 36-hole records this week. But that was a shot that he'll remember for a long time.

Brooks Koepka is golf's repeat king.

"I wasn't nervous", he said. "I think it was the best thing that could've happened".

"I never thought about failing".

Koepka was brilliant all week, especially at the start when 63 and 65 pretty much finished the hopes of the rest. There's absolutely no reason why he shouldn't play well at Pebble and he's more than capable of repeating Anderson's feat but I'm in no rush to back him at his current price. His record in the majors since that 2014 U.S. Open win, his last victory, is pretty dismal.

Curiously, Americans prefer their fairway bunkers in the rough, while we in Australia nearly always run the fairway edges right to the border of the hazard. It's a major championship.



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