Brooks Koepka Wins His 2nd Major of 2018
Town and Country, Missouri – Brooks Koepka wins the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club to take his 3rd major title but 1st Wannamaker trophy. Brooks outlasted the long-hitting Woodland, the perfect swing of Adam Scott, and the roars of Tiger Woods on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.
The year’s final major at Bellerive began in unusual fashion. Before play even started on Thursday, rains soaked the course and the surrounding St. Louis area enough that the grounds crew were unable to cut the greens and fairways properly. Even the PGA had posted signs stating that green speeds would be slower than normal until the tournament began. Thursday came and went and despite the faster greens, round one yielded some unusually low scores for what is traditionally a very tough test of golf. Gary Woodland was able to take advantage of the soft conditions with an opening 64 and the solo lead.
The rains returned on Friday afternoon and postponed play, pushing the remaining second round to Saturday morning. However, it was Gary Woodland who continued his hot streak setting the 36-hole record at 130 and maintaining his lead which lasted for over 24 hours!
On Saturday afternoon,the third round was completed using 1st and 10th tee starts. Adam Scott put together the low-round-of-the-day with a 65, moving into second while US Open winner Brooks Koepka also carded a low round of 66 to boost himself to the top of the leaderboard into solo first heading into Sunday.
Sunday afternoon set the stage for a dramatic final round at Bellerive Country Club. A multitude of big names filled the leaderboard; from the 2017 PGA winner to a former world number one. A 14-time major winner to players seeking their first, it could have been anyone holding the trophy come Sunday evening, yet it was the reigning US Open winner who got it done. It wasn’t an easy win by any means but Brooks Koepka was resilient. Brooks came out with a birdie on one but stumbled a bit on 4 and 5, before knocking in 3 birdies at 7, 8, and 9. After missing several short birdie putts on the back nine and many of his competitors right on his heels, Brooks drained back-to-back birds on 15 and 16 and extending his lead. Adam Scott missed a big birdie putt on 17 which would’ve put him to within one but missed it to all but knock him out. Tiger also had his chance late but the driver struggles continued as he was unable to keep it in the fairway at 17 and barely hung onto a par. Brooks never wavered and never strayed from his aggressive approach to the golf course, hitting driver on 18. Koepka two-putted that hole to seal the victory and celebrated with his mom and girlfriend just off the 18th green.
Bellerive Country Club was the host of the 100th PGA Championship, it’s 3rd major and 2nd PGA. The final major of the year will also play as the last time we see the PGA played in August as this championship will be moved to May in 2019.
Brooks Koepka WITB:
Driver: TaylorMade M3 9.5* Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX
3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL 16.5* Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M True Temper DG Tour Issue S400
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x