Brooks Koepka outlasted the rest of the field this past weekend at the pga championship, firing an impressive -9 at Oak Hill Country Club, a course that was playing as tough as ever.
Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland finished 2 shots behind Koepka at -7. The next closest competitors were Cam Davis, Kurt Kitayama, and Bryson DeChambeau, who all finished at -3 in a tie for 4th place.
Viktor Hovland and Corey Conners were both just one back of Koepka entering the final round, but both ran into their own problems out on the brutally tough course that Oak Hill is.
Hovland, notably, was tracking down Koepka throughout the back nine, but ran into trouble on the 16th hole. Hovland drove his first shot off the tee into a fairway bunker and was unable to elevate the ball out of the bunker, and it plugged into the face of the bunker.
Hovland would be penalized for having the take a drop and would therefore fall out of contention, with koepka needing to just play consistent golf to take home the wanamaker.
Brooks Koepka started off the PGA Championship with a rocky +2 round of 72, but came back Friday and fired an impressive -4 round of 66.
Koepka followed up his Friday round with the set of 18 holes that won him the tournament, as he fired an incredible -4 round of 66 in some of the most brutal major championship conditions. With rain and cold weather, most players lost shots on Saturday, so for Koepka to go out in the rain and play as well as he did truly gave him a serious edge in scoring going into the final round.
Now that a LIV player has won a major, will it change the perspective fans have of the LIV golf tour? With Brooks Koepka being in serious contention in both majors this season and winning one of them, it is clear he is still a top 5 player in the world.
What originally lured Koepka to the LIV tour was that he was able to play less regular season golf and make more money. Koepka, at the time, had been battling a series of what seemed to be somewhat chronic injuries, and the offer was just too good to turn down.
As a fan of golf, I will always be more attracted to a PGA Tour event due to its competitiveness and quality of product week-in-and-week-out.
Even if some of the best players in the world are in the field, I still don’t exactly know what I am getting out of a LIV golf event, as they all have a certain “unofficial” nature attached to them.
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