Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

McIlroy has eight top 10s in his first nine starts of the year

Caddy Ricky Elliott didn't have as straight forward a Sunday finish as he might have hoped for as he helped steer Brooks Koepka to a fourth major title.

No, he didn't win the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

And so, when Koepka made those four straight bogeys on the back nine Sunday, and Johnson sliced his lead to one, he did not see it as a mini-meltdown.

By this stage, the raucous NY crowd were firmly on Johnson's side and were chanting "DJ, DJ" as Koepka bogeyed the 14th, but Johnson would drop shots on the 16th and 17th to leave Koepka to seal a hard-fought victory. Van Rooyen, the former Gopher golfer, shot an even-par 70 and is tied for 12th.

"This is definitely the most satisfying of all the ones I've won", Koepka said. "That was a special round of golf". The wind was up, DJ was awesome but I'm glad to have this trophy back in my hands.

"The golf course played extremely hard".

"So I tried to hit kind of like just a little low draw".

"I have a few students down there that I teach, so I come down and I would wrap in some coaching with some playing".


"Today wasn't my day but I hung in there". "If I start worrying about what he's doing, I've got no chance".

Koepka has the largest 54-hole lead in the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958, and no one has lost a seven-shot lead in 159 years of major championship golf. It was at a flawless time because I was just thinking, OK, all right. Koepka will forever be sure he hit his approach on 14 exactly as he wanted, but the wind died.

Koepka led the tournament outright after every round, the victory built on his course record eight under par opening round. His résumé is an echo chamber: Brooks Koepka, Brooks Koepka, U.S Open champion, U.S. Open champion, PGA champion, PGA champion.

He now has four majors in his last eight, a streak not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 in the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. We'd gone from damp squib to dramatic finale in no time at all.

"I wasn't nervous", he said. It's just a hard golf course. Yeah, Brooks has won three majors, but if I get the ball on the green and make some putts I can do the same thing. I have some great stuff ahead of me. "I know for a fact that was the most excited I've been in my life there on 18". "He's not giving two hoots about what other people are doing and that's the reason he's playing so well". I got here Tuesday afternoon and it's been an incredibly long week.

"I watched the coverage yesterday afternoon".

It looked highly likely at that stage that Koepka was just going to cruise to a successful title defence and £323,000 was matched at just [1.03] but then everything changed quite quickly. "I hit a 5-iron but nearly went back and got a 4-iron because I didn't think the 5 was going to even come close, based on the shots that I've hit earlier in the round into the wind".

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