Brooks Koepka makes history in wire-to-wire win

Brooks Koepka makes history in wire-to-wire win

It didn't because his main competition, Dustin Johnson, had just as much trouble keeping his ball in play down the stretch. Ahead of him, Johnson made birdie on the 15th - the toughest hole at Bethpage Black all week - and the lead was down to one. Nobody had ever lost a seven-stroke lead on the PGA Tour but it looked for a moment or two as though we were about to witness the first occurrence.

Koepka, who was at 12-under 198, will play the final round with Harold Varner III, whose week began with plans to play a practice round with Woods on the eve of the PGA Championship until Woods called in sick.

"If you look at the last nine I played yesterday and the first nine I played today, I was seven under for those 18 holes", McIlroy added. "You know, the wind was up. You have to make the most of those, as well, because at the end of the day, we're here to make a living and have a livelihood and enjoy ourselves, but at the same time you have to make sure that your performance stays where it needs to stay". Brooks Koepka opened US PGA Championship week by insisting majors were the easiest tournaments to win. "He has been playing tremendous golf and I just hope that I have a good day and that he doesn't have his best day". His 324-yard tee shot landed in stalk-like grass.

He came undone with a shot he thought would be flawless - a 5-iron from 194 yards, dead into the wind on the 16.

A nice chip out of that toward a flag whipping in the wind got Johnson to 7 feet, but he missed the putt.

"You've got to hit good drives and I put it in the rough". "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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"I just tried to keep telling myself I had a lead". It was at a ideal time because I was just thinking, OK, all right. "I don't know if I've dreamed of this".

Johnson shot a final round score of 69 to finish 6-under par Sunday. He is again the world's top ranked player.

Koepka, who was on the 15th fairway and knew from the crowd's reaction that Johnson had dropped a shot, came to 16 having bogeyed four in a row, looking a bit worn and, perhaps for the first time in four days, sensing this was no cinch. "DJ!" as Koepka was playing the hole.

'Phenomenal. I think that's a good word, ' Koepka said when asked to sum up his recent form in major championships. He's won the U.S. Open twice. I didn't play in the Tiger [Woods] era. "I didn't think we were going to find it anyways". Brooks made his pro debut in 2012 so he wasn't in the field in the US Open in 2010 but he has played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am - finishing eighth in his only start in the event back in 2016.

Damn near everybody at Bethpage Black was trying to get inside Brooks Koepka's head, and even his caddie couldn't do it.

The 29-year-old was in grave danger of delivering one of the worst capitulations in major history during a Sunday afternoon run which saw him bogey four holes in a row from the 11th.

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