Koepka wins PGA Championship
Sports Desk, May 21 (EFE).- Brooks Koepka on Sunday won the PGA Championship, with a 67-stroke result on the day for -9 overall, beating out Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler (both -7) and making himself the world’s new top-ranked golfer at the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York.
This was Koepka’s third PGA Championship after the pair he won in 2018 and 2019, and his fifth “major” tourney victory, having also won the US Open in 2017 and 2018, thus making him only the 20th golfer to win five majors.
“This one is definitely special,” Koepka, 33, said after winning the Wanamaker trophy on Sunday.
He had gone into the tourney’s final round at the top of the leader board and maintained control of the situation throughout the round, ultimately pulling away from his rivals in the last few holes.
Koepka essentially won the contest on Hole 16, when he birdied the par-4 while closest rival Hovland had to settle for a double bogey, thus giving him a four-stroke lead with just two holes left to play.
Scheffler and Hovland finished the tourney tied for second, while Cam Davis, Kurt Kitayama and Bryson DeChambeau were all tied for fourth at -3.
Koepka is the first golfer in Saudi Arabia’s controversial LIV Golf league, which set itself up to rival the PGA in 2022, to win a major.
Spain’s Jon Rahm, meanwhile, was dethroned from his No. 1 spot by Koepka as a result of the day’s action, ending the last round of the PGA tourney with a 71, one over par, for a disappointing total seven over, far from expectations.