Koepka Joins Elite Club Of 20 Players With Five Or More Majors

Brooks Koepka has now joined an elite club capturing a third PGA Championship title and a fifth major championship.

In doing so, Koepka becomes the 20th player to win five or more majors following his two-shot success at the Oak Hill Country Club.

Koepka brilliantlhy set-up victlory with three birdies in the first four holes to open up a four shot lead over Norway’s Viktor Hovland and Canada’s Corey Conners  and then held on to win by two shots thanks to  closing three-under 67 for a nine-under tally over Hovland and Scottie Scheffler who shared second place on seven under.

“This is probably the sweetest one of them all because all the hard work that went into this one, this one is definitely special. This one is probably it for me”, said a beaming Koepka.

Victory very much helped erase the bitter memories of last month when Koepka had a two-shot lead heading into the final round at Augusta National Golf Club but ended in a golfing ambulance in signing for a 75 and lose to Spain’s Jon Rahm by four.

“Last time was in Augusta. I just learned I knew what I did in Augusta. I spent the whole night thinking about it. I knew what I did and I knew I was  never going to come out and think that way again,” said Koepka.

“Didn’t do that. I felt in control all day. I felt — to be honest with you, probably the one that was settling — what’s the par 5, making the birdie there, I felt like that was a good putt. The other ones were three, four feet. But I think making that 7-footer just helped build some momentum early”

Big disappointment was the effort of Hovland who had stayed within striking distance of Koepka until the par-4 16th hole, where he hit his drive into a fairway bunker.  He the copied what Conners had horrible done a day earlier and that was the send his second shot deep into the embankment of the bunker’s face, leading to a double-bogey and ending his chances.

Koepka was on the green waiting patiently before holing his his birdie on the hole to take a four-shot lead from where it was Koepka’s championship to lose but Koepka would not be denied.

It is a historic victory for Koepka and the LIV Golf League, the Saudi Arabian-financed circuit which reportedly paid him $100 million in guaranteed earnings to lure him away from the PGA Tour in June. Koepka is the first LIV Golf League player to win a major championship.

“He’s been knocking on the door a lot and he’s been playing some really good golf,” said Phil Mickelson, another LIV Golf League captain. “And I think we’re all kind of expecting that to happen. … He’s been working really hard and it’s good to see him playing well.”

Koepka, 33, also won the U.S. Open in back-to-back years, at Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2017 and at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York in 2018.

Koepka also becomes only the seventh player since 1950 to win five majors before the age of 34 in joining Woods, Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player and Tom Watson to do so.

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