Brooks Koepka won his third major title by claiming a win at the 100th PGA Championship in Bellerive
Koepka came into the 100th PGA Championship on the back of a fine season which has seen him claim two other top-five finishes on the PGA Tour along with his US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills.
Koepka remained calm and composed as he held off Englishman Tommy Fleetwood’s final-day charge to retain his US Open title in June – and did the same at Bellerive on Sunday as Woods, Scott and defending champion Justin Thomas all made moves.
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Woods did not hit a fairway on the front nine yet managed to make the turn in three under, with four birdies and a bogey. He birdied four of his last seven holes, including the 18th on a perfectly struck 19-foot putt, to seal his lowest finishing round in 80 major starts.
After rounds of 69, 63 and 66 earlier in the week, Koepka moved to 14 under after four birdies and two bogeys in his first nine holes, and then maintained his composure to not drop a shot in a two-under 33 on the back nine.
“For some reason the majors get my attention more,” said Koepka. “Every shot is so important. You have to be patient and I always do that very well in the majors.”
Koepka’s attention did not waver despite being chased by the two players he had idolised growing up: Tiger Woods, 42, and Adam Scott, the 38-year-old Australian. Koepka finished with a four-under-par 66 to win, two strokes ahead of Woods, whose 64 equaled the low round of the day, and three ahead of Scott, who shot a 67.
The win at Bellerive means Koepka is just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same season, joining Gene Sarazen (1922), Ben Hogan (1948), Jack Nicklaus (1980) and Woods (2000).