Koepka returns to No.1 with back-to-back PGA win
Despite a final round meltdown, Brooks Koepka has managed to scramble his way into the record books by securing back-to-back PGA Championship wins at Bethpage on Sunday.
Koepka closed with an unexpected final round 4-over 74 to win by two shots over Dustin Johnson. To insult to injury, the Florida-native also knocked Johnson off the top of the world rankings with his victory.
“Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them [major victories] for how stressful that round was; how stressful DJ made that…I know for a fact, that was the most excited I’ve ever been in my life ever there on 18,” said Koepka.
“It was definitely a test. I never thought about failing. I was trying my butt off. If I would have bogeyed all the way in, you know, I still would have looked at it as I tried my hardest.”
Brooks Koepka (Credit: PGA Tour)
At 29-years-old, Koepka becomes the first player to hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time, a feat not achieved by any of the greats including Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their careers.
On top of that he also joined a select group of players, which includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer – to have won a major three years in a row.
WITB: Brooks Koepka
- Titleist Pro V1x Golf Ball
- TaylorMade M5 Driver (10.5º)
- TaylorMade M2 Tour HL 3W (16.5º)
- Nike Vapor Fly Pro Irons (3), Mizuno JPX 919 Tour (4-PW)
- Vokey Design SM7 Raw (52º, 56º); Vokey SM4 TVD Raw (60º)
- Scotty Cameron Newport 2 SLT T10 Putter
Of the Australians, it was Adam Scott to take the top honours, however a final round of 4-over 74 saw him slip to a total of 1-over and a share of 8th place.
2015 PGA champion, Jason Day closed with a 72 to drop to four over and tied for 23rd.
Cameron Smith failed to fire this week and a final round 74 left him at 11-over and languishing in a share of 64th.
Lucas Herbert was another shot back in equal 71st while Marc Leishman, Brendan Jones, Stuart Deane and Craig Hocknull had the weekend off.