Posted on August 16 2018
Brooks Koepka: 3rd major title in 2 years!!!
As Tiger Woods brought back the roars that defined the peak of his hall of fame career in pursuit of his 15th major championship, Brooks Koepka remained steady and carried his 54-hole lead all the way to a PGA Championship win.
When Koepka is compared to Dustin Johnson, currently the World No. 1 player, there is a tendency to favor DJ and his 19 career wins. But Koepka has three times the number of major wins as his gym pal, and now with a PGA Championship win, his own case as one of the best golfers in the world. Just by winning the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season, Koepka joins an elite group that only includes Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, the tournament's runner-up.
Even with Tiger and Scott pushing Koepka, the 28-year-old didn't falter. He went 33 on the front 9 and then holed pars five holes in a row.
This was a truly elite performance at Bellerive. Koepka's total of 264 ties Henrik Stenson for the lowest 72-hole number in major championship history (2016 Open).
Koepka is the fifth player in history to win the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same year:
- Gene Sarazen, 1922
- Ben Hogan, 1948
- Jack Nicklaus, 1980
- Tiger Woods, 2000
- Brooks Koepka, 2018
Koepka has now won three of the last six majors he's started, with the PGA Championship win joining his consecutive wins at the U.S. Open. Of his four PGA Tour wins, three are majors. His other win was at the 2015 Waste Management Open.