Brooks Koepka, who six months ago wasn’t even playing golf, cemented himself as the 2018 PGA Player of the Year with an epic win in the PGA Championship. Koepka dueled all day with Adam Scott and Tiger Woods as the roars at Bellerive Country Club reached a deafening pitch.
Woods, at 42 years old, got within one of the lead, but simply couldn’t close the deal down the stretch. An errant tee shot on the Par-5 17th gave him no shot at birdie, but a 25 footer on the 18th hole placed Woods in second place all by himself at 14-under par.
Koepka, whose combination of accuracy and power was simply too much, played masterfully down the stretch. His 2018 PGA title gives him three major championships and he is only the fifth player all-time to win the US Open and the PGA in the same year.
Shot for shot the roars shook all of Kansas City. Woods made the turn three under on the front nine, while Koepka overcame two bogeys on five and six by hitting it close on 7,8, and 9, all birdies. Woods answered with birdies on 12, 13, and 15, while Koepka strung together two straight on 15 and 16.
Woods 64 was the best final round he has ever shot in a major, which is hard to believe since he has won so many. Koepka finished the day with a 4-under par 66.
Koepka’s 264 total was a PGA record. The kid has power, touch, and feel, so don’t expect him to stop now. In the tournament of a lifetime, he held off the roars and the pressure of one of the all-time greats.