Brooks Koepka wins back-to-back PGA Championships
Brooks Koepka has won the 2019 PGA Championship, his fourth major championship title and back-to-back victories of this tournament.
Koepka held his nerve to win the tournament by three shots from fellow American Dustin Johnson, whose late charge created high drama at the challenging Bethpage Black golf course in New York.
The victory makes it back-to-back PGA Championships in addition to back-to-back US Opens for Koepka, becoming the first player to achieve the feat. He’s now lifted the trophy in four of his last eight majors. He’s the first player to win consecutive PGA Championships since Tiger Woods in 2007.
Congratulations, @BKoepka! 🏆
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 19, 2019
The 29 year-old American survived an alarming mid round melt down during which he posted four consecutive bogeys, blowing his otherwise unassailable 5-shot lead.
Koepka led the tournament from wire to wire – becoming just the fifth player to do so – after posting an opening round score of 63, backed up with a second round 65. An even par 70 on moving day suggested Koepka was cruising, doing enough to protect his 7 shot lead.
However, with pressure mounting in the final round, the otherwise cool and collected Brooks proved his demeanor wasn’t impenetrable and the legendary Bethpage Black could get under his skin, like it had with the rest of the field.
Despite being pushed, Koepka kept his cool and held enough in reserve to tap in for par on the 18th and claim his second Wanamaker Trophy.
For his efforts, Brooks Koepka trousers a cool US$1.98 million and has snatched the world number 1 ranking from Dustin Johnson.
Click PLAY to hear Brooks Koepka seal the victory with insights from pro-golfer Matt Guyatt.