Brooks Koepka retained his US PGA Championship trophy and won it for the second time on a dramatic fourth day at Bethpage Black Course!
Last weekend saw the second major of the golfing calendar start. The US PGA Championship is usually the final one of the year, played in August, but it was brought forward to May. Held in New York at the Bethpage Black Course it was sure to be an exciting weekend of golf.
Going into the final day of the Koepka had a seven-shot lead on -12. He was hoping he could see it over the line and win his fourth major in two years. He won the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and the 2018 US PGA Championship.
Koepka was the favourite going into the last day, especially after how he performed over the competition. On the first day, he shot seven under, the second day five under and the third day he went round in par. All Koepka had to do was put in one of these performances and he would surely win.
The final day didn't get off to the ideal start. Koepka bogeyed the first whole but then managed to pull it back on the third with a birdie. This was as good as it got on the front nine and Koepka still sat at the top on -12. But it was on the back nine that he nearly threw it away. Four bogeys in a row from the 11th-14th saw him only one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson. His fellow American started off great and was breathing down his neck.
It looked as if the occasion has got to Koepka. The wind was around 35mph with all golfers commenting on how hard it was to play in. But it was, in fact, Johnson who bottled under the pressure. It looked as if he could have got himself his first ever major but it wasn't to be. He then returned the favour to Koepka with bogeying the 16th and 17th and putting the control back in Koepka's hands.
Last years US PGA Championship winner managed to miss any more slip-ups and won the competition for the second year in a row. He did though the finish on four over par, so had it not been for his fantastic Thursday and Friday rounds he wouldn't have won. Koepka took home a cheque for $1.98 million and is now the world number one with Johnson dropping to second.
Brooks is now the first person to successfully defend the US PGA Championship and the US Open.
Up next is the US Open for this years third major. This years venue is Pebble Beach, which has held the US Open five times prior to this year's competition. The odds below are what Bet365 have them priced at as of May 21st 2019:
Brooks Koepka – 13/2
Dustin Johnson – 8/1
Rory McIlroy – 12/1
Tiger Woods – 14/1
Justin Rose – 16/1