Koepka captures second consecutive PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka holds on to beat out Dustin Johnson for his fourth major golf championship

Brayton Wilson
May 19, 2019 - 7:14 pm

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Brooks Koepka entered the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park Black Course with a seven-shot lead over the field at 12-under par. Despite a final round 74 (+4), Koepka held off a surging Dustin Johnson to capture his second consecutive PGA Championship title in Farmingdale, New York.

For Koepka, the win at the 2019 PGA Championship marks his fourth career major golf championship, with his most recent major coming at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri. The win at Bethpage also marks the fifth time in history that a golfer went wire-to-wire as the leader after Round 1 to win the PGA Championship

It wasn't a great start of Koepka as he bogeyed the first hole of his final round, but he made it up with a birdie at the fourth hole. After shooting an even score in the front-nine, Koepka started the back-nine with a birdie on the 10th hole, but things went downhill for him from there. Koepka went on to bogey the next four holes, and ended up having his lead dwindle down to just one shot as he went to the 15th hole.

Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson was putting up a decent round of golf, going three-under in the first round of action and cutting the deficit to just five shots. With Koepka slipping up in the back nine, Johnson managed to get one shot back of the lead with a birdie on the 15th hole.

However, Johnson went on to bogey the next two holes, allowing Koepka some breathing room with a three-shot lead heading into the 17th hole. The 34-year-old ended up shooting a 69 (-1) on the afternoon, and went on to finish with a final score of 274 (-6).

Koepka made things interesting in the final two holes as he ended up bogeying the 17th hole to give Johnson some hope at two shots off the lead. On his tee shot on the 18th, Koepka drove the ball to the left and ended up in some tall grass on the edge of a bunker. However, he ended up averting disaster by chipping the ball safely back on the fairway. Then after a nice shot on to the green on his third shot, Koepka ended up shooting for par on the 18th hole to claim the two-shot victory.

Koepka's fourth major win at the age of 29 also places him in an elite group of golfers with major wins before the age of 30. He is now tied for the fourth-most major wins before turning 30, behind only Tiger Woods (10), Jack Nicklaus (7) and Bobby Jones (7). Koepka does not turn 30 until May 3 of next year.

The next golf major is set for June 13 through June 16 at the U.S. Open from Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. Koepka will look to defend his U.S. Open title, as well as win his third consecutive championship.

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