St.Louis – Brooks Koepka once again showed his peers and the rest of the golfing world that he is the real deal at the 2018 PGA Championship. 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. Tiger finished at 14 under par at the PGA Championship.
Woods will likely get the attention for his awe-inspiring 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 major wins 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 from 6 feet 6 inches 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 USA Ryder Cup players are a lock 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)