Brooks Koepka Holds on, Wins PGA at Bethpage Black PDF Print E-mail



Brooks Koepka hoists the Wannamaker trophy again after winning the 101st PGA Championship.

Farmingdale, New York - What seemed like a foregone conclusion at the start

of the final day at Bethpage Black, turned into anything but that as the leaders

dug into the meat of the back nine at the 101st PGA Championship. Entering

Sunday with a 7 shot lead, Brooks Koepka kept command of the Championship

until a series of bogeys on the back nine and a surging Dustin Johnson finally

made for some serious drama in Long Island. When the lead was whittled down

to one after Johnson made birdie on the brutish fifteenth, the NY crowd began

to chant, "DJ, DJ!".


Koepka heard the noise, and knew things were tightening up. "Today was definitely

the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was - how stressful

D.J made that," Koepka said. "I know for a fact that was the most excited I've ever

been in my life there on 18."


After back to back bogeys on 16 and 17 for Johnson, the door was open for Koepka

to finish it off holding a two stroke cushion. A pulled drive on the 18th created a

bit of drama, but when Koepka chose to punch out and wedge onto the green from

68 yards, he needed only two putts from 6 feet for the victory. When he rolled in

the par for a two stroke victory, he had a rare showing of emotion - throwing a

punch into the air and letting out a triumphant rebel yell. His final round 74 showed

just how tough the Black Course at Bethpage can be, but more importantly that he

can take a punch and survive. Koepka finished at 8 under par (272 total) after rounds

of 63-65-68-74 (Dustin Johnson finished solo 2nd at -6).


In the end, it was a an impressive wire to wire dominant performance (despite the

trials and tribulations of the last half dozen holes), that clearly sets Koepka a notch

above the rest in major championships as we move towards the U.S Open at Pebble.

With back to back wins at both the U.S Open and PGA Championship, Koepka is in

the rarefied air of becoming the only player to ever hold both titles at the same time

in consecutive years. His four major championships in the last 23 months equals the

career totals of Rory McIlroy and Raymond Floyd.


Brooks Koepka has regained the OWGR No.1 player in the world and earned $1.98

million for winning the PGA Championship.