Brooks Koepka procured his fourth major at Bethpage Black when retaining the US PGA Championship despite recording five bogeys in the final eight holes
Seven shootings ahead at the start of play, six shoots ahead after 10 pits, one shot up on the 15 th tee. Creeks Koepka opened US PGA Championship week by insisting majors were the easiest tournaments to win.” You think so, do you ?” came the belated replies from the golfing gods.
It seems astounding that Koepka’s successful defence of the Wanamaker Trophy was ever in doubt. Yet in doubt it was as a supposed formality careened towards disaster.
The 29 -year-old was in grave danger of delivering one of even worse capitulations in major history during a Sunday afternoon run in which he bogeyed four pits in a row from the 11 th.” DJ, DJ” chanted the crowds, in applying cruelty to an already fraught scene for Koepka. As he wobbled, Dustin Johnson, playing ahead of him, appeared in the rear-view mirror. The only thing missing was a reading of the typically unflappable Koepka’s heart rate.
Koepka was to prevail, by two at eight under par, which left one mulling what all the earlier fuss was about. Johnson, having reduced that pre-round advantage by six, fell shots on the 16 th and 17 th. Koepka’s par on the 15 th stopped the bleeding. His missed par putt from 4ft at the penultimate hole did not matter. Koepka took to the 18 th with a two-shot lead and managed to fall over the line in the manner of a transgressed marathon runner from there.
Koepka has now won four majors in eight starts and the space of 23 months. He is again the world’s top ranked player. Bizarrely his major tally is doubled that in standard PGA Tour events, bearing out his earlier remark.
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