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Brooks Koepka

Overnight leader champion elect Brooks Koepka tearing it

"I challenge anybody to go play this golf course in 15-20-mph winds and see what they shoot".

"Just another round of golf", Koepka said.

'It's New York. What do you expect when you're half-choking it away?' Koepka said with a smile.

He responded like a player capable of piling up major championships faster than anyone since Tiger Woods. To those concerns I give you Matt Wallace, who is 4 under on the week and T6, but eight back of Koepka. He won his second straight U.S. Open last summer 60 miles down the road at Shinnecock Hills before a far less rowdy crowd.

Brooks Koepka's coronation in this PGA Championship almost got blown off the golf course. Today is the most satisfying because of how stressful that round was.

"I know for a fact, that was the most excited I've ever been in my life ... on 18".

Koepka said at the start of the week that majors are sometimes the easiest to win.

This one should have been.

The raucous and partisan nature of the NY crowd is sure to be a key factor in five years time and there were lots of loud cheers, jeers and one-liners during the PGA Championship.

I'm just trying to play good golf, " Koepka said.

Johnson was within one stroke of his close friend after a birdie on No. 15, a hole he birdied all four rounds. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on.

At their best, NY fans are passionate and rowdy.

Johnson shot a final round score of 69 to finish 6-under par Sunday. Hole-in-ones make for some of golf's greatest moments, whether you're a professional or the most casual of casual golfers. "The wind was really, really blowing", Johnson told reporters. "I would have said the same thing if I was seeing some kid just shooting like that", Varner said. It was at a ideal time because I was just thinking, 'OK, all right.

However, Johnson dropped shots on the 16th and 17th to hand the title to Koepka.

Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only players in the past 30 years to win at least one major three years in a row. "I mean, it would be nice to be able to make a 10 on the last hole and be OK".

Koepka's 15 top-20s in majors since the 2014 U.S. Open are the most on TOUR, two ahead of Jason Day.

"If you start treating tomorrow's round differently than every other round, I feel like that's where I would maybe be nervous".

"I gave it a run", he said. "DJ!" as Koepka was playing the hole.

Caddy Ricky Elliott didn't have as straight forward a Sunday finish as he might have hoped for as he helped steer Brooks Koepka to a fourth major title.

On the whole, the 101st USPGA Championship has been a success but I do worry about how well the 2024 Ryder Cup will go when it's held here. Johnson saved par on the final hole while playing out of a bunker.

"I never thought about failing".

The most important putt for Koepka was just under 5 feet for par on the 11th, which kept him from three straight bogeys. And he drilled another one into the 16th for another par. There's absolutely no reason why he shouldn't play well at Pebble and he's more than capable of repeating Anderson's feat but I'm in no rush to back him at his current price.

Woods won the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years twice, in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2006 and 2007. The final round of this PGA played like a U.S. Open course with British Open conditions.

Koepka tied the PGA Championship record by opening with a 63. It's a major championship. He set another PGA Championship record with his seven-shot lead.

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