Brooks Koepka has held his nerve to win the PGA Championship, becoming a member of an elite group of golfers to have received 5 majors.
- Membership skilled Michael Block’s dream week reaches a brand new degree with a gap in a single
- Block needed to ask taking part in associate Rory McIlroy what occurred as his ball dunked into the fifteenth cup
- Brooks Koepka is main in his try to say a fifth main
The American Koepka held a one-shot lead over Norway’s Viktor Hovland coming into the ultimate spherical and shot a steely 67 to run away with a two-shot win.
In the meantime, the cult hero of this yr’s PGA Championship, Michael Block, produced a second for the ages with a slam-dunk gap in a single.
Block certified for the yr’s second males’s main as a PGA skilled — a membership professional, who works at a public course in California giving classes and dealing within the professional store.
His performances at Oak Hill this week had already made him one of many tales of the match, and had earned him a chief tee time alongside Rory McIlroy for the ultimate spherical.
However no person might have predicted the scenes on the par-three fifteenth gap.
Block stepped as much as the 151-yard gap, hit a pure iron and watched the ball sail lifeless on line with the flag. Then it disappeared.
The gang response instructed the story, as Block requested McIlroy and his caddie what had occurred — the ball had gone straight within the backside of the cup with out a lot as a bounce.
Block would go on to shoot a 1-over 71 to complete 1-over for the match — his fifteenth place end ensured he would qualify once more for subsequent yr’s PGA Championship.
Koepka, who left the PGA Tour to affix LIV Golf in 2022, lifted the Wanamaker Trophy for a 3rd time and first since he received at Bethpage in 2019.
Till in the present day, that was Koepka’s final of his 4 main titles, all received in a two-year stretch when he was essentially the most dominant golfer on the planet.
“I take a look at the place we had been two years in the past and every thing that is gone on. I am so pleased proper now, I am misplaced for phrases. That is the best factor,” Koepka stated.
“I do not know what number of guys have received 5 occasions, however to be with that listing of names is totally unbelievable. It is one thing that, I will be trustworthy, I am not even certain I dreamt as a child that I might win this many.”
Harm and lack of type had derailed Koepka’s profession since that 2019 win, however at Oak Hill he recaptured the outdated magic.
Koepka made three consecutive birdies on the second, third and fourth holes to put down a marker at the beginning of his fourth spherical, and regardless of a pair of bogeys on the troublesome sixth and seventh, he by no means relinquished his lead.
A bogey on the par three eleventh even managed to assist Koepka preserve momentum, after an unbelievable shot from a greenside bunker.
Hovland had saved tempo with Koepka for many of the spherical, however a wayward tee shot on the sixteenth discovered a deadly fairway bunker. His subsequent shot from the sand plugged within the wall of the bunker, resulting in a telling double bogey.
Koepka birdied the sixteenth after a wonderful method from the tough, successfully closing out his win with three holes to spare.