Koepka Gets his Second Major of 2018 at PGA Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

Brooks Koepka hoists the Wannamaker after winning at Bellerive





St.Louis - Brooks Koepka once again showed his peers and the rest

of the golfing world that he is the real deal. Despite the lack of credit

and adulation, Koepka just keeps showing up at the biggest events -

winning his second major championship in the span of 56 days (Brooks

also won the U.S Open at Shinnecock Hills in June) at the 100th PGA

Championship at Bellerive in St.Louis. Koepka's final round 66 was

good enough for 16 under par (264 total) and a two-stroke victory

over a resurgent Tiger Woods and a star-studded leaderboard that

included Justin Thomas, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day.

It was Woods who got the midwest faithful energized early on, and

capped off his final round 64 with a 20 footer at the last that sent the

masses into a frenzy. Woods finished at 14 under par.

 

Woods will likely get the bulk of the attention for the vintage performance,

but it was Brooks Koepka who keeps wracking up the hardware at the

majors - he becomes just the fifth player to win both the U.S Open and

PGA in the same year. He didn't see it coming earlier this spring when

he was dealing with a possible career ending wrist injury. "It was tough

watching the Masters from my couch," Koepka said. "My doctors and

physios did such a great job getting me back to where I could compete

again." When asked in the media center if he realized that with 3 majors

he could go on to become an all-time great if he keeps up his current

form - He said, "I really haven't thought about that, but it feels really

good right now."

 

The epic Sunday was all decided in a two hole sequence. Koepka's

laser 4 iron from 246 yards on the par 3 sixteenth to 6 feet looked like

the kill shot, but Adam Scott who started the day just two shots back,

had a chance to get the deficit to one when he missed his birdie putt

on the par-5 seventeenth. Scott bogeyed the last to finish with a final

round 67 at 13 under par (solo 3rd). Ben Kern from Abilene, Texas was

the low club professional, finishing at 3 under par (277 total) with a final

round 70.

 

After the PGA Championship, the top 8 Ryder Cup players are secured

to be in Paris. The Final Ryder Cup USA Team standings are:

 

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Justin Thomas

4. Patrick Reed

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson

(4 captains selections remain for USA, Top 8 Euros Qualify on Sept.3rd)

 

Scores: https://www.pga.com/events/pgachampionship/leaderboard