Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brooks Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship

His momentum was gone with the wind, and he also bogeyed the 17th after a tee shot well right into the rough beside the par-3 green. That was a stressful round of golf.

His fledgling days overseas may also have helped Koepka develop greater adaptability as a golfer, playing more courses where accuracy is at a premium and not just the parkland slug-fests of the U.S. (although he is quite good on those). He did an unbelievable job putting pressure on me. "This is so cool".

Those of us who don't follow golf would have no clue who golfing star Brooks Koepka is, but, he's gone viral after awkwardly snubbing his girlfriend this weekend. His major charge would seem to suggest he is the true heir apparent to Woods, the Masters champion he beat by 17 shots after two rounds.

Brooks Koepka is turning a public golf course into his private playground in the PGA Championship. His gym-sculpted body facilitates eye-watering power which he marries to a soft touch and an unblinking focus.

In a raging wind that turned Bethpage Black into a beast, Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday.

This year's renewal is at Pebble Beach Golf Links, scene of Tiger Woods' 15-stroke demolition in 2000 and Graeme McDowell's gutsy win in 2010. He hasn't dominated away from the Majors.

That was as close as Johnson got.

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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. "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".

Yesterday's win will have taken plenty out of Brooks and for the first time in a major he's looked vaguely vulnerable. Koepka's effortless aptitude for the majors defies conventional logic, like breezing through an exam without any revision. "I just got stuck in a bogey train". I didn't play in the Tiger [Woods] era. He's naturally reticent to be in the spotlight, and yet is riled easily when he perceives he is not getting the attention he should.

"I've always called her a girl - she's a hard test, and if you're nice to her and if you take care of her, she will treat you nicely, " he said.

"You've got to right the ship eventually and try to stay mentally strong". But it works against him in the public eye as fans and the media crave characters.

Regular readers of this column will well know my thoughts on the state of the modern game and how so many see this arrangement of holes being the only defence against modern equipment in the hands of bulls of men such as Koepka and Dustin Johnson, who were first and second today.

He traveled widely, from Kenya to Kazakhstan, learning his trade, gaining life experiences and growing up.

The American recorded five back-nine bogeys during a four-over-par 74 that left him at eight under.

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