Majors

US PGA Championship 2018

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

August 09-12

Bellerive Country Club, St Louis, Missouri

$10,500,000

Round 4

Koepka holds off Woods to claim third Major

August 12, 2018

Brooks Koepka held off the challenges of a resurgent Tiger Woods and Adam Scott to win his second Major of the season at the US PGA Championship.

Koepka holds off Woods to claim third Major, © Getty Images

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“When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible. Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible. My doctors, physios, trainers, everybody did an unbelievable job even to get back out on the golf course, and to do what I've done is very impressive. I can't even believe it."

“I actually never thought about that. Three Majors at 28, it's a cool feeling. It really is. You know, hopefully I can stay healthy. I've kind of had some trouble with that over the past two years, three years, whatever it was. Missed the British and then to miss Augusta. I think I'm much more disciplined now, so I should be able to play every Major, making sure my body's healthy."

“But I'm excited. I'm excited for the next few years. I mean, I'm a fan of golf. You should be excited. I mean, Tiger's come back. You look at what Dustin's doing, Justin, Rory, Spieth. It's a great time to be a golf fan. I can't wait to duel it out with them over the next couple years or next however long.”

The two-time defending US Open champion entered day four with a two-shot lead and that was how he ended it but that did not tell the story of a dramatic afternoon at Bellerive Country Club.

Koepka was caught by defending champion Justin Thomas on the front nine and Australian Scott on the way home but kept his cool to record birdies on the 15th and 16th and sign for a 66 to get to 16 under.

“I have a lot of self belief. I knew, even today, when everybody was making that charge, if I just hung in there, made one more shot, one good shot at a time, kept it rolling, I knew I was going to have a chance to kind of separate myself maybe a little bit, and that finally came on 15. And then to hit such a good shot on 16, and especially to make the putt when Scotty almost chipped it in. You know, if I missed that, that could be a real role reversal right there."

Woods' 64 was his lowest ever final round in a Major and a 15 foot birdie on the last moved him one shot ahead of Scott who finished at 13 under.

“Well, making that putt at least gave me a chance," said Woods. "At the time I think Scotty was 14, playing 17 and at least I needed to at least tie Scotty. Just in case he posted 14 right behind me. And Brooksy, what he's doing back there is, it's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle. What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing same thing here. I played with him in a practice round and he was literally hitting it 340, 350 in the air. And when a guy's doing that and hitting it straight and as good a putter as he is, it's tough to beat."

“This one I never quite got to the lead. I was always trailing. It was a golf course in which I couldn't sit still and make pars and be okay with it. I had to keep making birdies. The golf course was soft, it was gettable, and there were a bunch of guys, when I went to the range to start warming up at three under par through six, three under par through seven. And that was, you could see guys shooting five, six under par today and with a bunch of guys around eight under or better starting the day, I had to go get it and I tried.”

Spaniard Jon Rahm and American Stewart Cink were then five shots behind the winner, one clear of Thomas, Open champion Francesco Molinari, Belgian Thomas Pieters and another American in Gary Woodland.

“I feel great," said Rahm. "Top four in a Major, it's the second one of the year, I would have taken that. I gave myself a chance, it's just, Brooks was really hard to catch up with. At one point I was within one or two shots, but he played amazing. Birdieing seven, eight and nine and then playing bogey-free, two under par on the back nine, it would have required the second best round in a Major and the lowest round at a PGA to tie him. So he played great. Congratulations Brooks. He's been playing amazing, it's fun to watch, I just hope that I can join the fun some time.”

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton finished off the week tied tenth after both registering bogey-free rounds, with the duo also becoming the first European players to record final rounds of 64 at the PGA Championship.

The victory for Koepka means he is the first man to win the US Open and US PGA Championship in the same year since Woods achieved the feat in 2000 on his way to the 'Tiger Slam', and only the fifth person to do it in history.

In winning his third Major, the 2014 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year also becomes the first player to win more than one in a season since Jordan Spieth in 2015, and his aggregate total of 264 is the joint-lowest in Major history - matching Henrik Stenson's score at the 2016 Open Championship.

The 28 year old's stunning season is all the more remarkable considering he did not play any events between the first week in January and last week in April due to a wrist injury.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-16
69
63
66
66
264
2
Tiger Woods
USA
-14
70
66
66
64
266
3
Adam Scott
AUS
-13
70
65
65
67
267
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-11
68
67
66
68
269
T4
Stewart Cink
USA
-11
67
69
66
67
269
T6
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-10
68
67
68
67
270
T6
Gary Woodland
USA
-10
64
66
71
69
270
T6
Justin Thomas
USA
-10
69
65
68
68
270
T6
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
67
66
71
66
270
T10
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-9
70
68
69
64
271
T10
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
71
67
69
64
271
T12
Brandon Stone
RSA
-8
66
68
70
68
272
T12
Chez Reavie
USA
-8
71
68
67
66
272
T12
Daniel Berger
USA
-8
73
65
66
68
272
T12
Jordan Spieth
USA
-8
71
66
69
66
272
T12
Kevin Kisner
USA
-8
67
64
72
69
272
T12
Rickie Fowler
USA
-8
65
67
69
71
272
T12
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
69
64
69
70
272
T19
Jason Day
AUS
-7
67
68
67
71
273
T19
Jason Kokrak
USA
-7
68
67
71
67
273
T19
Julian Suri
USA
-7
69
66
68
70
273
T19
Justin Rose
ENG
-7
67
69
69
68
273
T19
Kevin Na
USA
-7
70
69
68
66
273
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
71
66
68
68
273
T19
Webb Simpson
USA
-7
68
68
68
69
273
T19
Zach Johnson
USA
-7
66
70
71
66
273
T27
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
68
70
68
68
274
T27
Dustin Johnson
USA
-6
67
66
72
69
274
T27
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-6
68
67
70
69
274
T27
Ryan Fox
NZL
-6
68
70
68
68
274
T31
Chris Kirk
USA
-5
68
70
68
69
275
T31
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
73
67
67
68
275
T31
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
69
67
69
70
275
T31
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
67
70
68
70
275
T35
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
68
69
69
70
276
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-4
68
69
73
66
276
T35
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
69
68
72
67
276
T35
Pat Perez
USA
-4
67
67
70
72
276
T35
Russell Knox
SCO
-4
71
68
69
68
276
T35
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
69
70
69
68
276
T35
Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
70
67
67
72
276
T42
Ben Kern
-
-3
71
69
67
70
277
T42
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-3
72
67
69
69
277
T42
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
70
63
69
75
277
T42
Jimmy Walker
USA
-3
69
70
69
69
277
T42
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
69
68
71
69
277
T42
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
71
69
67
70
277
T42
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-3
71
67
71
68
277
T42
Tony Finau
USA
-3
74
66
69
68
277
T50
Andrew Landry
USA
-2
73
65
69
71
278
T50
Austin Cook
USA
-2
67
72
69
70
278
T50
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
71
68
69
70
278
T50
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
70
67
71
70
278
T50
Russell Henley
USA
-2
74
65
71
68
278
T50
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-2
74
66
66
72
278
T56
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
70
70
69
70
279
T56
Cameron Smith
AUS
-1
74
66
73
66
279
T56
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-1
70
68
73
68
279
T59
Andrew Putnam
USA
Par
68
69
72
71
280
T59
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
72
66
67
75
280
T59
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
70
70
70
70
280
T59
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
67
71
72
70
280
T59
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
69
70
68
73
280
T59
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
Par
71
68
69
72
280
T65
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
73
67
69
72
281
T65
Chris Stroud
USA
1
69
70
76
66
281
T65
Kevin Chappell
USA
1
69
71
70
71
281
T65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
1
73
65
70
73
281
T65
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
68
69
73
71
281
T65
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
1
68
69
71
73
281
T71
Brian Harman
USA
2
72
68
71
71
282
T71
Charles Howell III
USA
2
74
66
72
70
282
T71
Jim Furyk
USA
2
69
71
71
71
282
T71
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
68
71
71
72
282
T71
Marc Leishman
AUS
2
68
71
72
71
282
T71
Nick Watney
USA
2
75
65
70
72
282
T71
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
2
74
66
68
74
282
78
Vijay Singh
FIJ
3
71
69
71
72
283
79
Brian Gay
USA
7
67
73
75
72
287
80
Scott Brown
USA
9
72
68
74
75
289
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
1
75
66
-
-
141
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
68
73
-
-
141
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
75
67
-
-
142
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
69
73
-
-
142
CUT
Shaun Micheel
USA
2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
76
67
-
-
143
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
3
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
James Hahn
USA
3
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
John Daly
USA
3
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
3
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Rich Beem
USA
3
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Sean McCarty
USA
3
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
4
76
68
-
-
144
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
75
69
-
-
144
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
4
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
4
70
74
-
-
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
72
72
-
-
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
75
69
-
-
144
CUT
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
74
70
-
-
144
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
4
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Craig Hocknull
-
5
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
-
5
76
69
-
-
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
6
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
6
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
6
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Danny Balin
USA
7
72
75
-
-
147
CUT
Jason Schmuhl
USA
7
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Matt Dobyns
USA
7
76
71
-
-
147
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
7
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
8
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Matthew Borchert
USA
8
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
8
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
8
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Shawn Warren
-
8
77
71
-
-
148
CUT
Craig Bowden
USA
9
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
9
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
Brian Smock
USA
10
79
71
-
-
150
CUT
David Muttitt
USA
10
81
69
-
-
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
USA
10
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Michael Block
USA
10
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
10
73
77
-
-
150
CUT
Jaysen Hansen
USA
11
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
Johan Kok
USA
11
78
73
-
-
151
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
78
74
-
-
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
13
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Bob Sowards
USA
15
80
75
-
-
155
RET
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
-
-
-
71
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Brooks Koepka
USA
-16
264
2
Tiger Woods
USA
-14
266
3
Adam Scott
AUS
-13
267
T4
Jon Rahm
ESP
-11
269
T4
Stewart Cink
USA
-11
269
T6
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-10
270
T6
Gary Woodland
USA
-10
270
T6
Justin Thomas
USA
-10
270
T6
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-10
270
T10
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-9
271
T10
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
271
T12
Brandon Stone
RSA
-8
272
T12
Chez Reavie
USA
-8
272
T12
Daniel Berger
USA
-8
272
T12
Jordan Spieth
USA
-8
272
T12
Kevin Kisner
USA
-8
272
T12
Rickie Fowler
USA
-8
272
T12
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
272
T19
Jason Day
AUS
-7
273
T19
Jason Kokrak
USA
-7
273
T19
Julian Suri
USA
-7
273
T19
Justin Rose
ENG
-7
273
T19
Kevin Na
USA
-7
273
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
273
T19
Webb Simpson
USA
-7
273
T19
Zach Johnson
USA
-7
273
T27
Branden Grace
RSA
-6
274
T27
Dustin Johnson
USA
-6
274
T27
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-6
274
T27
Ryan Fox
NZL
-6
274
T31
Chris Kirk
USA
-5
275
T31
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
275
T31
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-5
275
T31
Ian Poulter
ENG
-5
275
T35
Billy Horschel
USA
-4
276
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-4
276
T35
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
276
T35
Pat Perez
USA
-4
276
T35
Russell Knox
SCO
-4
276
T35
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
276
T35
Xander Schauffele
USA
-4
276
T42
Ben Kern
-
-3
277
T42
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-3
277
T42
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
277
T42
Jimmy Walker
USA
-3
277
T42
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
277
T42
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
277
T42
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-3
277
T42
Tony Finau
USA
-3
277
T50
Andrew Landry
USA
-2
278
T50
Austin Cook
USA
-2
278
T50
Brice Garnett
USA
-2
278
T50
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-2
278
T50
Russell Henley
USA
-2
278
T50
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-2
278
T56
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
279
T56
Cameron Smith
AUS
-1
279
T56
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-1
279
T59
Andrew Putnam
USA
Par
280
T59
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
280
T59
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
Par
280
T59
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
280
T59
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
280
T59
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
Par
280
T65
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
281
T65
Chris Stroud
USA
1
281
T65
Kevin Chappell
USA
1
281
T65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
1
281
T65
Ross Fisher
ENG
1
281
T65
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
1
281
T71
Brian Harman
USA
2
282
T71
Charles Howell III
USA
2
282
T71
Jim Furyk
USA
2
282
T71
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
282
T71
Marc Leishman
AUS
2
282
T71
Nick Watney
USA
2
282
T71
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
2
282
78
Vijay Singh
FIJ
3
283
79
Brian Gay
USA
7
287
80
Scott Brown
USA
9
289
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
1
141
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
141
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
1
141
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
141
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
1
141
CUT
Luke List
USA
1
141
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
1
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
141
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
1
141
CUT
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
141
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
1
141
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
1
141
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
2
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
142
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
2
142
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
142
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
142
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
142
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
2
142
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
142
CUT
Shaun Micheel
USA
2
142
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
3
143
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
143
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
3
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
3
143
CUT
James Hahn
USA
3
143
CUT
John Daly
USA
3
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
3
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
3
143
CUT
Rich Beem
USA
3
143
CUT
Sean McCarty
USA
3
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
3
143
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
4
144
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
144
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
4
144
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
4
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
4
144
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
144
CUT
Paul Broadhurst
ENG
4
144
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
144
CUT
Ryuko Tokimatsu
JPN
4
144
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
145
CUT
Craig Hocknull
-
5
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
5
145
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
-
5
145
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
6
146
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
146
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
USA
6
146
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
6
146
CUT
Danny Balin
USA
7
147
CUT
Jason Schmuhl
USA
7
147
CUT
Matt Dobyns
USA
7
147
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
7
147
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
8
148
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
8
148
CUT
Matthew Borchert
USA
8
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
8
148
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
148
CUT
Rich Berberian Jr
USA
8
148
CUT
Shawn Warren
-
8
148
CUT
Craig Bowden
USA
9
149
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
9
149
CUT
Brian Smock
USA
10
150
CUT
David Muttitt
USA
10
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
USA
10
150
CUT
Michael Block
USA
10
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
10
150
CUT
Jaysen Hansen
USA
11
151
CUT
Johan Kok
USA
11
151
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
152
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
13
153
CUT
Bob Sowards
USA
15
155
RET
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71