New York - Brooks
Koepka held off a late charge from Dustin Johnson to capture his second
consecutive PGA Championship on Sunday, completing a wire-to-wire
victory for his fourth major title in nerve-wracking fashion.
A near-collapse saw Koepka's record seven-stroke lead reduced to a
single shot, but he withstood making four bogeys in a row on the back
nine and another at 17 for an unexpectedly narrow triumph.
"This is probably the most satisfied I've been with all the majors,"
"This one's definitely at the top of the list of how
emotionally and how mentally spent I am."
Koepka fired a four-over par 74 final round at windy Bethpage Black
to finish 72 holes on eight-under 272 and defeat Johnson by two strokes,
replacing him as world number one as a result.
"I'm just glad we don't have any more holes to play," Koepka said.
"That was a stressful round of golf."
Bogeys by Johnson at 16 and 17 made the difference but Koepka made
bogey at the par-3 17th, then escaped sand and weeds off the 18th tee by
finding the fairway and green then sinking a six-foot putt for the
"DJ played a hell of a round to come back and to grind it out,"
"He did a great job putting pressure on me, making me play
some solid golf down the stretch."
The usually poker-faced Koepka admitted the moment got to him on the
final hole, where he fired a fist pump after his winning putt.
"That was the most excited I've ever been in my life there on 18," Koepka said.
Koepka, who seeks his third US Open win in a row next month at Pebble
Beach, became the first man to own back-to-back titles at two majors
simultaneously by capturing the Wanamaker Trophy and the $1.98 million top prize.
"This is unbelievable," Koepka said.
"I don't know if I even dreamed this. It's amazing."
The 29-year-old American became the PGA's fifth wire-to-wire winner
after Hal Sutton in 1983, Ray Floyd in 1982, Jack Nicklaus in 1971 and
Bobby Nichols in 1964.
Koepka joined Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back stroke-play
winners of the PGA, Woods having done it in 2006-07 as well as
Koepka seized a tournament-record lead of seven strokes after 54 holes on 12-under par 198.
No man has led a major by so much so late and lost. But Koepka came close.
Johnson, who shot 69, shrank the margin to four shots at the turn and
just one with four holes to play, only for Koepka to outlast his US
Johnson, seeking his second major title after the 2016 US Open, was
hoping to match the best final-round win comeback in PGA history, John
Mahaffey's seven-shot rally in 1978.
Instead, he completed a career "runner-up" Grand Slam, having placed
second at the 2011 British Open, 2015 US Open and last month's Masters.
"I'm pleased with the way I played. I gave myself a chance," Johnson said.
"The golf course played extremely difficult. The wind was really blowing. I played really well."
Koepka made the turn
on 12-under, answering an opening bogey with a birdie at the par-5
fourth, while Johnson made birdies at the fourth, sixth and nine holes
to reach 8-under, shrinking Koepka's lead to its lowest since Friday
Koepka hit a gap wedge to two feet at the 10th hole and tapped in for
birdie while Johnson took a bogey at 11 to stretch Koepka's margin back
to six strokes.
Then came Koepka's four consecutive bogeys while Johnson birdied the
15th for the fourth day in a row, trimming the margin to a single shot
as an electric atmosphere began to build among a vocal New York crowd.
"How could you not know with the DJ chants," Koepka said.
"I heard everything."
Johnson missed an eight-foot par putt at 16, giving Koepka a two-shot
edge, and Johnson went over the green at the par-3 17th on the way to
another bogey, boosting Koepka's margin back to three shots.
"I knew I needed to do something on the last three holes," Johnson said.
Koepka ended his bogey run by parring 15 and 16, the latter on a
tense three-foot putt, but missed a four-foot par putt at the par-3 17th
while Johnson closed with a par, setting up the 18th-hole drama.
"The putt on 16 gave me a little bit more confidence coming down the
stretch," he said.
"I know I missed one on 17, but I think 16 helped me
Koepka became the first player to win his first four majors in less
than two years, joined by Woods, Nicklaus and Hogan for winning four in
Scores after Sunday's final round of the 101st PGA Championship at par-70 Bethpage Black:
272 - Brooks Koepka (USA) 63-65-70-74
274 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-67-69-69
278 - Jordan Spieth (USA) 69-66-72-71, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 69-70-68-71, Matt Wallace (ENG) 69-67-70-72
279 - Luke List (USA) 68-68-69-74
280 - Kang Sung (KOR) 68-70-70-72
281 - Gary Woodland (USA) 70-70-73-68, Matt Kuchar (USA) 70-70-72-69, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-71-69-69, Shane Lowry (IRL) 75-69-68-69, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 70-68-70-73, Adam Scott (AUS) 71-64-72-74
282 - Chez Reavie (USA) 68-71-71-72, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 70-68-67-77
283 - Brandt Snedeker (USA) 74-67-73-69, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 68-71-75-69, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 73-70-69-71, Lucas Glover (USA) 72-69-69-73, Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 71-69-70-73, Xander Schauffele (USA) 70-69-68-76, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-68-68-77
284 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 74-70-71-69, Jason Kokrak (USA) 73-70-71-70, Billy Horschel (USA) 70-72-71-71, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 76-67-70-71, Jason Day (AUS) 69-74-69-72, Jimmy Walker (USA) 70-70-71-73
285 - Paul Casey (ENG) 70-71-75-69, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 70-72-73-70, Keegan Bradley (USA) 70-70-73-72, Webb Simpson (USA) 72-69-72-72, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 72-70-70-73, Justin Rose (ENG) 70-67-73-75, Sam Burns (USA) 70-72-69-74
286 - Beau Hossler (USA) 72-69-77-68, Li Haotong (CHN) 73-69-70-74, Danny Lee (NZL) 64-74-71-77, Rickie Fowler (USA) 69-69-71-77, Harold Varner (USA) 71-67-67-81
287 - Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 75-65-76-71, Charles Howell (USA) 72-67-73-75, Aaron Wise (USA) 70-71-71-75, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 76-68-68-75, Adam Long (USA) 73-70-69-75, Scott Piercy (USA) 72-67-72-76, Danny Willett (ENG) 71-70-69-77
288 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 74-68-75-71, Kelly Kraft (USA) 71-65-78-74, Bronson Burgoon (USA) 73-66-74-75, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 72-68-73-75, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 71-69-72-76, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 67-71-72-78
289 - Charley Hoffman (USA) 73-69-75-72, Justin Harding (RSA) 74-70-73-72, Cameron Champ (USA) 72-71-73-73, Alex Noren (SWE) 73-69-74-73, J.J. Spaun (USA) 72-72-70-75, Zach Johnson (USA) 71-69-73-76
290 - Ross Fisher (ENG) 74-67-77-72, Rob Labritz (USA) 75-69-74-72, J.T. Poston (USA) 77-67-71-75, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70-68-73-79
291 - Max Homa (USA) 70-71-79-71, Joost Luiten (NED) 72-72-77-70, Corey Conners (CAN) 72-72-76-71, Kurt Kitayama (USA) 74-68-77-72, Cameron Smith (AUS) 73-70-74-74, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 73-70-71-77, Tony Finau (USA) 70-73-69-79
292 - David Lipsky (USA) 70-74-77-71, Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP) 75-69-74-74, Lucas Herbert (AUS) 74-70-73-75, Phil Mickelson (USA) 69-71-76-76, Daniel Berger (USA) 70-66-78-78, Joel Dahmen (USA) 70-72-71-79
293 - Kevin Tway (USA) 73-70-76-74
294 - Andrew Putnam (USA) 74-70-75-75, Pat Perez (USA) 68-73-76-77
295 - Rich Beem (USA) 75-69-82-69, Ryan Vermeer (USA) 70-74-72-79
299 - Marty Jertson (USA) 72-69-79-79