Koepka Wins PGA Championship in Grand Fashion

Brooks Koepka won the US Open earlier this season and has played well since that win.   He came into the final round today with the lead and did not give an inch.   He was even faced with the loudest crowds the PGA Tour has seen in years as Tiger Woods was on the prowl. Brooks won without flinching.

Koepka was playing with a slow heartbeat today.  Driving consistently 330-340 straight down the middle.  His iron play was as good as we have seen.  He had over 40 opportunities inside of 18 feet for Birdie this week which was why he was able to do what he did.

As mentioned, Tiger Woods was within shouting distance all day, and all he did was shoot his lowest score ever in the final round of a major championship. What was even more incredible about that 64, he hit not one fairway on the front nine.

This final round was not just about Brooks and Tiger though.  There were moments when Adam Scott was either tied or trailing by just one stroke.

Justin Thomas fought his way back to share the lead at 12-under, but he would scuffle a bit down the stretch with a couple bogeys which took him out of contention.

John Rahm finished at 11-under for the tournament but really did very little today.  On a day Sunday in which Bellerive was giving up some birdies, Rahm was stuck in neutral.  Someone though that was not stuck in Neutral was Stewart Cink.

The 45 year old Cink shot a final round 67 and finished tied with John Rahm at 11-under.   He had himself a terrific week and was rewarded with a 4th place finish at this 100th PGA Championship.

Better luck Next Year!

Unfortunately for Rickie Fowler, it was not meant to be this year with regards to him shaking that gigantic monkey off his back.   He finished today tied for 12th at 8-under which is not terrible by any stretch.  But it seems like that is what he does at Major Championships.

Another Wonderful Story

Ben Kern was the only PGA Professional that made the cut this year and he made the best of that opportunity.  His 3-under score for the the tournament provided him memories he will have for a lifetime.  Tied for 42nd, he finished second among all players in driving accuracy.

The Tiger Affect

This week the crowds were enormous and if you look at the sea of people on 18 as Tiger was leaving, it was truly amazing.

Looking ahead

Obviously the Fed EX Cup Playoffs are about to start and it will undoubtedly be an amazing finish to the season.   With that said, the Ryder Cup is looming and before the tournament started I stated that Tiger would not be playing for the US Team and Phil Mickelson would be.

Strike that!  I believe now… Tiger will in fact make the team as a Captains Pick.  Phil on the other hand missed the cut and is not making enough birdies in his last handful of tournaments.

Coming into this event, I figured him to be a shoe in.   But now, he could be on the outside looking in.  That is just how close this is and will be coming down the stretch.

 

 

Author: Jhavelka