Brooks Koepka secured his standing as probably the most perfect golfers on this planet Sunday as he received his 3rd primary in 14 months on the PGA Championship at Bellerive Nation Membership outdoor St. Louis.
Koepka, who effectively defended his U.S. Open name at Shinnecock Hills in June, shot a final-round 66 to carry off Tiger Woods (64) by way of two photographs. Adam Scott shot 67 to complete on my own in 3rd, a shot at the back of Woods.
Koepka is the primary guy to win two majors in the similar calendar 12 months since Jordan Spieth received the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015. He’s the primary guy to tug off the U.S. Open-PGA Championship double since Woods in 2000. His 72-hole ranking of 264 set the PGA Championship scoring file and paired the main championship file set by way of Henrink Stenson at Royal Troon within the 2016 British Open.
The 28-year-old Floridian additionally joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the one gamers with 3 majors sooner than turning 30 since International Warfare II.
Koepka had began the general around two photographs forward of Scott, who used to be enjoying with a heavy center after fellow Australian professional Jarrod Lyle died of most cancers previous this week. The Florida local seemed to be in command midway in the course of the around, weathering bogeys at Four and five to take a three-shot lead over Scott on the flip.
However Scott rallied on the similar time that Koepka’s contact with the putter abandoned him. The Australian birdied 10, 12, and 13, whilst Koepka neglected quick birdie putts at 12, 13, and 14.
With Koepka caught in impartial, Woods placed on a price and despatched the galleries right into a frenzy when he birdied the par-Four 15th to get inside of a shot of the lead after sticking his 2nd shot inside of a foot of the flagstick.
Then again, Koepka regained regulate of the championship at the 15th gap, when he drilled a 10-foot birdie putt into the middle of the cup to take a one-shot lead. He added to his merit on the par-Three 16th, when he caught his tee shot to inside of seven ft of the opening, then tired the following birdie putt.
Scott had one closing probability to pressure some drama at the closing gap, however a six-foot birdie putt at the 17th inexperienced that will have put him inside of one shot of Koepka curled broad of the cup. He then bogeyed the general gap to slide out of a tie for 2nd.
Woods’ 64, which incorporated two bogeys, is his lowest final-round ranking in any primary. It used to be his 7th runner-up end and primary for the reason that 2009 PGA Championship.
Woods and Koepka performed 9 holes of a tradition around on Wednesday, and the 14-time primary champion knew what he used to be up towards.
“It is tricky to overcome when the man hits it 340 down the center,” Woods stated. “What he did at Shinnecock, simply bombing it, after which he is doing the similar factor right here. … And when a man’s doing that and hitting it immediately, and as excellent a putter as he’s, it is tricky to overcome.”
Koepka by no means imagined a 12 months like this. He neglected 4 months firstly of the 12 months when a partly torn tendon in his left wrist, inflicting him to sit down out the Masters. He outlasted excellent pal Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to change into the primary back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.
And now this.
Koepka joked about understanding in a public health club this week with Johnson and now not being identified. He has been motivated by way of extra critical moments, from being left off the “notable rankings” phase of TV protection at tournaments or even closing week, when he used to be now not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.
He now’s No. 2 on this planet, with a shot at overtaking Johnson in two weeks when the FedEx Cup playoffs get started.
The Related Press contributed to this document.