FARMINGDALE – Brooks Koepka withstood a shaky back-nine stretch and held on to win the PGA Championship for the second year in a row Sunday at the famous Bethpage Black course at Bethpage State Park on Long Island.
Koepka’s lead shrunk to one stroke on hard-charging Dustin Johnson before steadying himself for what became a 4-over-par 74 final round.
His 8-under 270 total was good enough for a two-shot edge on Johnson, who shot 69 on Sunday.
Koepka has won a major championship in three consecutive years and has four total major titles.
After three days of Koepka appearing to be in an invincible position, there were signs of drama approaching when the gap on the field dipped to four shots.
Johnson played the front nine in 32, cutting the margin to four strokes on Koepka. The advantage fluctuated until it was at one shot after Koepka’s consecutive bogeys on Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Amid that, Johnson posted a birdie at No. 15. Moments after Koepka’s bogey streak reached four holes, Johnson gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 16 and then another on the next hole, when he missed the green on the par-3 17th. Johnson saved par on the final hole while playing out of a bunker.
Koepka bogeyed the first hole Sunday, and then appeared to be in total control until the 11th.
Nobody has ever led by as many as seven shots entering the final round of a major and failed to win. Koepka was up by six strokes with eight holes to play.
Jordan Spieth (71), Patrick Cantlay (71) and England’s Mike Wallace (72) all were at 2 under to tie for third place. Luke List (74) was alone in sixth place at 1 under.
Harold Varner III, who was Koepka’s playing partner in the final pairing, birdied the first hole in pursuit of his first PGA Tour victory. He soon tumbled out of contention, shooting an 11-over 81 on the final day.
Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard had a hole-in-one at No. 17. His shot bounced once and then into the cup. It was the only ace of the tournament.
–Field Level Media