Closing time: it’s what Brooks Koepka is quickly becoming known for. Unlike his recent major victories, though, on this day he had some challengers step up and hit him with their best shot.

Gary Woodland shot 63 to push Koepka to the brink, tying the lead multiple times.  Ian Poulter was in the mix. Ryan Palmer birdied his final seven holes to post a score worthy of catching Brooks’ attention.

In the end though, the result was the same. Tied with Woodland standing on the 15th tee, Brooks went into clutch mode; Birdieing there and chipping in for another bird on 16 to restore a two-stroke lead. From there he put an exclamation mark on the win with an Eagle on his final hole. When all was said-and-done, it was a four-stroke victory and a final round 64 for Brooks, thanks in large part to a back-nine 29.

This was Koepka’s 12th victory worldwide since turning pro, and his 5th on the PGA Tour (just his second non-major). With the victory, Brooks also vaulted into the #1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. He is the 23rd golfer to do so, and doesn’t look like he has plans of giving that up any time soon.




On the Chip — “I knew it was good when I hit it, I just didn’t know it was going to be in. For that to drop definitely felt like I had won the tournament right then and there,”

“Pressure is all what you put on yourself. Pressure comes from fear. If you start thinking about the result or what might happen if you do something, that’s the only time there’s pressure because if you get any of these guys out here on the driving range, they can all flag it. So I’m not thinking about what’s going to happen if I hit this shot or if I hit this close and make birdie here I can turn this into three birdies. I’m not thinking that. I’m just thinking, okay, how do I get it close to the flag or whatever I’m trying to aim it, get it there and then make the putt.”

“I’m not somebody that’s going to panic if things go the wrong way, pretty sure everybody can tell that. I just kind of hang in there, wait for my holes, I know I’m going to have some good looks and when I do, you’ve got to capitalize on them.”

“I just need to keep winning. I feel like to win a few more regular TOUR events and then keep adding majors. I feel like my game’s set up for that. I’ve gotten so much confidence off winning those majors where, it’s incredible; every time I tee it up I feel like I really have a good chance to win; whether I have my A-game or not.”

“I’m so excited right now, you have no idea. I just can’t wait to go play again.”


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