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Koepka hangs on to win PGA Championship

News24
20 May 2019, 10:12 GMT+10

New York - Brooks Koepka held off a late charge from Dustin Johnson to capture his second consecutive PGA Championship on Sunday, completing a wire-to-wire victory for his fourth major title in nerve-wracking fashion.

A record seven-stroke lead for Koepka was reduced to a single shot, but he withstood making four bogeys in a row on the back nine and another at 17 for an unexpectedly narrow triumph.

Koepka fired a final-round four-over par 74 at windy Bethpage Black to finish 72 holes on eight-under 272 and defeat Johnson by two strokes, replacing him as world number one as a result.

Bogeys by Johnson at 16 and 17 made the difference before Koepka escaped sand and weeds off the 18th tee by finding the fairway and green then sinking a six-foot putt for the victory.

Koepka, who seeks his third US Open win in a row next month at Pebble Beach, became the first man to own back-to-back titles at two majors simultaneously by capturing the Wanamaker Trophy and the $1.98 million top prize.

The 29-year-old American became the PGA's fifth wire-to-wire winner after Hal Sutton in 1983, Ray Floyd in 1982, Jack Nicklaus in 1971 and Bobby Nichols in 1964.

Scores after Sunday's final round of the 101st PGA Championship at par-70 Bethpage Black:

272 - Brooks Koepka (USA) 63-65-70-74

274 - Dustin Johnson (USA) 69-67-69-69

278 - Jordan Spieth (USA) 69-66-72-71, Patrick Cantlay (USA) 69-70-68-71, Matt Wallace (ENG) 69-67-70-72

279 - Luke List (USA) 68-68-69-74

280 - Kang Sung (KOR) 68-70-70-72

281 - Gary Woodland (USA) 70-70-73-68, Matt Kuchar (USA) 70-70-72-69, Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-71-69-69, Shane Lowry (IRL) 75-69-68-69, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 70-68-70-73, Adam Scott (AUS) 71-64-72-74

282 - Chez Reavie (USA) 68-71-71-72, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 70-68-67-77

283 - Brandt Snedeker (USA) 74-67-73-69, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 68-71-75-69, Abraham Ancer (MEX) 73-70-69-71, Lucas Glover (USA) 72-69-69-73, Lucas Bjerregaard (DEN) 71-69-70-73, Xander Schauffele (USA) 70-69-68-76, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 70-68-68-77

284 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 74-70-71-69, Jason Kokrak (USA) 73-70-71-70, Billy Horschel (USA) 70-72-71-71, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 76-67-70-71, Jason Day (AUS) 69-74-69-72, Jimmy Walker (USA) 70-70-71-73

285 - Paul Casey (ENG) 70-71-75-69, Graeme McDowell (NIR) 70-72-73-70, Keegan Bradley (USA) 70-70-73-72, Webb Simpson (USA) 72-69-72-72, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 72-70-70-73, Justin Rose (ENG) 70-67-73-75, Sam Burns (USA) 70-72-69-74

286 - Beau Hossler (USA) 72-69-77-68, Li Haotong (CHN) 73-69-70-74, Danny Lee (NZL) 64-74-71-77, Rickie Fowler (USA) 69-69-71-77, Harold Varner (USA) 71-67-67-81

287 - Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 75-65-76-71, Charles Howell (USA) 72-67-73-75, Aaron Wise (USA) 70-71-71-75, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 76-68-68-75, Adam Long (USA) 73-70-69-75, Scott Piercy (USA) 72-67-72-76, Danny Willett (ENG) 71-70-69-77

288 - Henrik Stenson (SWE) 74-68-75-71, Kelly Kraft (USA) 71-65-78-74, Bronson Burgoon (USA) 73-66-74-75, Francesco Molinari (ITA) 72-68-73-75, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 71-69-72-76, Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 67-71-72-78

289 - Charley Hoffman (USA) 73-69-75-72, Justin Harding (RSA) 74-70-73-72, Cameron Champ (USA) 72-71-73-73, Alex Noren (SWE) 73-69-74-73, J.J. Spaun (USA) 72-72-70-75, Zach Johnson (USA) 71-69-73-76

290 - Ross Fisher (ENG) 74-67-77-72, Rob Labritz (USA) 75-69-74-72, J.T. Poston (USA) 77-67-71-75, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70-68-73-79

291 - Max Homa (USA) 70-71-79-71, Joost Luiten (NED) 72-72-77-70, Corey Conners (CAN) 72-72-76-71, Kurt Kitayama (USA) 74-68-77-72, Cameron Smith (AUS) 73-70-74-74, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 73-70-71-77, Tony Finau (USA) 70-73-69-79

292 - David Lipsky (USA) 70-74-77-71, Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP) 75-69-74-74, Lucas Herbert (AUS) 74-70-73-75, Phil Mickelson (USA) 69-71-76-76, Daniel Berger (USA) 70-66-78-78, Joel Dahmen (USA) 70-72-71-79

293 - Kevin Tway (USA) 73-70-76-74

294 - Andrew Putnam (USA) 74-70-75-75, Pat Perez (USA) 68-73-76-77

295 - Rich Beem (USA) 75-69-82-69, Ryan Vermeer (USA) 70-74-72-79

299 - Marty Jertson (USA) 72-69-79-79

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