Local pro's 'big sacrifice' lets him live PGA Championship dream

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

However, the 2016 US Open champion then handed the advantage back to Koepka with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes and he has now finished runner-up at each of golf's four majors.

Brooks Koepka's girlfriend went in for a pre-round kiss before the PGA Championship today.

But he apparently wasn't taking it easy as he headed into Sunday's round, because he was all business walking into Bethpage Black. "I might take a quarter of them and maybe go to Shinnecock [where he was an assistant pro], too".

The American began the final round of the US PGA Championship on Monday morning (NZ time) with a seemingly insurmountable seven-shot lead. The Made in Denmark makes a welcome return to Himmerland on Thursday and on the PGA Tour, we've got a new name for an old classic as we return to Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth Dallas for what's now called the Charles Schwab Challenge.

NY fans are notorious for turning on favourites when they falter and Koepka proved no exception, fans calling out "DJ" to add tension to every blunder.

McDowell played a role in persuading Elliott to take on Koepka and he believes the happy-go-lucky Ulsterman is the ideal foil for the hard-nosed Floridian.

"Every time I set up to a golf shot, I feel like I know what the ball is going to do", Koepka said. Varner birdied the 18th to cap off a bogey-free 67 and lead the group at 5-under 205 that includes Jazz Janewattananond (67) and Luke List, who holed two shots from off the green for a 69.

On the 72nd hole of last year's U.S. Open, Koepka yanked his approach off the grandstand, an very bad shot, but he never considered that he did so because he succumbed to the moment.

Memories raced back to other famous collapses, such as Jordan Spieth's Masters misfortunes when he squandered a five-shot lead with nine to play in 2016.

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"You're going to rattle off four in a row and it looks like you're going to lose it".

Looking back, what happened here?

A nice chip out of that toward a flag whipping in the wind got Johnson to 7 feet, but he missed the putt.

The victory will no doubt have felt far away when Koepka stepped off the 14th green after his fourth successive bogey but caddy Elliott managed to help steady the ship and see out the two-shot victory despite another drop-shot at the 17th. "I just made mistakes at the wrong time", he said. "I don't know if I've dreamed of this".

Koepka held it together at the most crucial moment. "So it was pretty cool", he said. "I encourage him to be himself". He is, in that way, like Tiger Woods. Woods's most dominant stretches surpass what Koepka has done.

As Koepka approached the scoring tent, he gave the PGA of America's Julius Mason a fist-bump and joked about making it close. His 74 Sunday won a championship, so it was a great round, or at least as great as he needed it to be.

"You're going to make a lot of mistakes".

Koepka revealed earlier this week he has a "number" in mind for major titles. Maybe they were both right: This was the most nervous that Koepka has ever been, and he wasn't nervous at all.

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