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Koepka has not trembled and ends the USPGA anthology 16 strokes under par, with a total of 264.
The American Brooks Koepka, unfazed, has won on Sunday the 100th edition of the PGA Championship, the final lifting of the Grand Slam 2018 golf, resisting until the end of his compatriot Tiger Woods, back to high level after years of struggling and several operations on the back.
“I feel well in the major. I’d like to be as focused on the other tournaments, ” responded Koepka, a 28-year-old, who won his second major tournament of the year after it doubled at the US Open (2017, 2018). It also becomes, at the same time, the 5th player to win the same year, the US Open and the USPGA in the company of Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan.
Koepka has not trembled and ends the USPGA anthology 16 strokes under par, with a total of 264, before Tiger Woods (266), bright and constant, as at its best days, and another coming back, the Australian’s Adam Scott (267), that has not won a tournament since 2016.
Thanks to Scott and Woods, the suspense lasted until the last three holes of this 100th edition of a very high level, led by an armada of american players and europeans, in search of a selection of prestige for the next Ryder Cup, scheduled for the end of September in France.
A Koepka relentless, stainless, resisted until the very end, without weakening, to a ” Tiger “, which had begun smoothly (70 Thursday), has accelerated Friday and Saturday (two laps 66), and made Sunday a beautiful card of 64, his best of the week, despite two putts missed for a few millimeters, 11 and 14.
“I fought, I remained focused and, in the end, I only need two shots. I tried to be positive all week ; everyone was great with me. Compared to last year, I’m happy to be there, ” responded Woods, 42 years old. He pointed to the end of 2017-beyond the 1000th place in the world ranking.
It took six months to the former master of the golfing world to return to near the summit, as had already demonstrated his 6th place very promising in the british Open, in July, after leading briefly on the tournament on the last day the face of the future winner, Italian Francesco Molinari, 6th in the USPGA.