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By : BGA Proshop
I have been following golf for a while now and I do not think I have seen ice run through someone’s veins like Tiger Woods but after watching Brooks Koepka win his third major he has to be close. The way he won was cool, calm and collected and nothing fazed him.
With both Australian Adam Scott and Tiger Woods breathing down his neck, Koepka birdied the 15th and 16th to keep them at bay. The way he played was fearless and deserved to win his first PGA Championship and second major of the year having won the US Open earlier. He becomes only the fifth person in history to win a US Open and PGA Championship in the same year.
“I knew, even today, when everybody was making that charge, if I just hung in there, made one more shot, one good shot at a time, kept it rolling, I knew I was going to have a chance to kind of separate myself maybe a little bit, and that finally came on 15.
“Three majors at 28, it's a cool feeling. It really is. I'm excited for the next few years.”
Koepka got off to a strong start with a birdie on the first hole but it started to unfold on the 4th and 5th with back to back bogeys. Playing partner Scott in the mean time made birdies on the 7th and 8th but Koepka responded with his own birdies on the same holes. Eventually Scott caught Koepka on the 13th at 14 under par but iceman birdied 2 of the last 5 to take out the tournament.
Woods had his chances as well. Since returning from injury this is his highest finish and the crowds were going wild each time he was getting close to the leaders. Woods birdied 6 of his first 13 holes to put him right in the mix and only one behind the leaders but a bogey on the 14th hole derailed his charge. He managed to birdie the 15th but a poor tee drive on the par 5, 17th ended his hopes at winning his first major since returning.
Gary Woodland, Woods playing partner said after the round “He shot 64 when he looked like he was shooting 74, only a great athlete can do that. He missed that five-footer for birdie on 1, got mad, stiffed it on 2 and made that.”
I am sure Woods is going to take away a lot from this week’s tournament as in his mind now he knows he still has it and can match it with the best. The other player that will take away a lot from this week is Adam Scott. Since winning the Masters in 2013, Scott hasn’t really fired like most would have hoped. He won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in 2014 and had back to back wins in 2016 taking out the The Honda Classic first and then WGC-Cadillac Championship in March but since then it has gone a bit quiet. Outright 3rd was Scott’s best finish this year and hopefully it can kick start something.
In the end it was all about Koepka. To explain how he goes about this golf, with very little fan fare, his last putt will tell you a lot about his character. After lagging his birdie putt to about 1 foot, instead of marking it and having the last putt of the tournament he just went up to tap it in giving Adam Scott the last putt. At that stage he had already won the PGA Championship so he could have marked and soaked in all the celebrations but that is not Koepka. He is a well deserved winner and a true gentleman of the sport.