If there were ever any reservations about the quality of golf that would be on display at this year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, that was laid to rest for good on Sunday in the final round in St. Louis. The tournament simply had it all, and ratings will surely come back to show it was a massive day for the game of golf. Tiger Woods was in contention all day long, and he would end up finishing two shots back in second place.
While most media are going to concentrate on him, it would be wholly unfair to do so. That’s because we have a new, bonafide star on our hands in the form of Brooks Koepka. The American, who has biceps that make him look like a real-life version of Superman on the course and allow him to hammer the ball ridiculously long off the tee, captured his second major title this season and his third overall.
He joins a very special and select group to have won both the PGA Championship and the US Open in the same season. Previously, only four men had done so. Those men were named Sarazen, Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods. Woods had done it way back in 2000. Koepka is firmly entrenched in history now after his feat. What is incredible is that he ‘only’ has four PGA Tour wins in his career, yet three of those came in majors, showing an ability for him to play when the pressure is at its highest.
At 28 years old, only three other men have won three majors. Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth. It is just an area that few venture to go into, and he is doing it. He’s becoming a true star, one that everyone will be left talking about at every single major tournament in the next few years. No matter how he might play in the ‘normal’ Tour events, it will be his major form that will scare and intrigue.
Don’t lose sight here, either. This was just about as dominant as you could get. His Sunday round, especially toward the end of it, was about as solid as it gets with so much on the line. He outlasted a ton of big names, including that man clad in red. Speaking of Tiger, his second place finish shows his game is really coming along. If he can build upon it going into next season, he might just capture another major. If, and it’s a rather big one, Koepka doesn’t have anything to say about it.