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Brooks Koepka started the day with a 7 shot lead after smashing the field in the first 3 days but it all came down to the final nine with his best mate Dustin Johnson hot on his heels. Johnson got within one shot of Koepka when he had four bogeys in a row on the 11th through to the 14th but back to back bogeys for Johnson ended his chances and another runner up finish in a major this year.
Johnson couldn’t bring it into the clubhouse. He missed the green on 16 and 17 and failed to get up and down for par both times. After scrambling for par on 18, he took the clubhouse lead at six under.
Koepka, meanwhile, still made it interesting. After a par on 16 he three-putted the 17th — missing his par putt from inside three feet — and stood on the par-4 18th tee with a two-shot lead. His drive went left again and landed in the native area and he was forced to pitch out into the fairway, but he found the green and saved par to win by two.
It has been a remarkable run for Koepka as he is the only man on the PGA Tour to have won more majors than he has PGA Tour victories. This was his fourth major victory and his third in his last 5 major starts. He has won all four in his last eight major appearances and has won the last two U.S Opens and the last two PGA Championships.
Koepka started the tournament with some controversy as some felt that he was running his mouth off. In a press conference before the tournament he said “There’s 156 [players] in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I’m just going to beat. You figure about half of them won’t play well from there, so you’re down to about maybe 35. And then from 35, some of them just – pressure is going to get to them. It only leaves you with a few more, and you’ve just got to beat those guys.”
He was also asked if he feared Tiger Woods after being paired with him the first two rounds of the PGA Championships.
“What’s the point on fearing anybody?” Koepka said at his press conference. “We’re not fighting. He’s not going to knock my teeth in. He’s not going to hurt me. So what’s to be afraid of?”
He put that all to bed with a bogey free opening 63. Woods was 9 strokes behind Koepka after the opening round. Koepka then back that up with a 65 on the Friday and the tournament was all but over. It was the lowest two rounds in a PGA Championship and he was in command. On moving day Saturday, players came and went but he was steady and finished with a par 70 and went into the final round with a 7 shot lead.
The rest is history but he had to earn it in the end.
"I'm just glad I don't have to play any more holes," Koepka said. "That was a stressful round of golf. I'm glad to have this thing back in my hands."
The victory moves him to world number one in the world ahead of his mate Dustin Johnson.