'Overlooked' Koepka hopes win will bring recognition

Tuesday, 14 Aug, 2018

Now that the drama from the 100th PGA Championship has subsided - the crazed cheers from the galleries, mesmerized by Tiger Woods' Sunday charge and by Brooks Koepka swallowing up Bellerive Country Club as if he was downing a protein shake during a workout, have silenced - the golf world turns its attention to the Ryder Cup.

There is not defined a set number [of contenders], maybe we have eight on the radar but the door is open.

Brooks Koepka has claimed the final major of the season, beating Tiger Woods in to second place, and our man's back with his customary look at all the action here. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV in chalets.

"I realize Tiger is a story", Furyk said. When they made runs, it got loud. Yeah, I just had a lot of things go wrong on that putt on 9.

Koepka knew exactly what to do.

On No. 18, Woods offered one final flourish. After back-to-back birdies by Scott, the two were locked together with five to play and the Aussie was matched for plenty at around the [2.3] mark but Koepka soon reasserted himself at the top with back-to-back birdies of his own at 15 and 16 and the result was never in doubt after that. So it's great to see him playing well.

"It was a good day, I felt like I had a lot of positives from today".

He closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in golf. His 2017 U.S. Open win at Erin Hills has been followed by a title defence at the brutal Shinnecock Hills, and the Wanamaker Trophy at the expense of the world's best over the weekend.

"It is hard to rationalize everything after leading with four holes to play and you want to win from that position".

The PGA Championship at Bellerive heralded some real game-changing events as we head towards the FedEx Cup playoffs, Ryder Cup, and to 2019.

At this major, it wasn't enough. He was "pretty ticked" then and just short of jubilant here - which he cautiously hopes can make for a springboard breakthrough.

Koepka was responsible for that. He has top-six finishes in three of his past four tournaments, including the British Open, where he briefly held a final-round lead, and he certainly has the ear of Furyk.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

"The roars were pretty unbelievable", second-ranked 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas said.

The old adage that nobody remembers who finishes second is nearly always born out in reality, but you get the sense that this will be far from the case when the story of the 100th PGA Championship is told.

"He's won three majors now, so he's definitely winning the right ones", Scott said. When he needs to do it the most he seems to perform the best. He only started playing golf because he was in a vehicle crash and hurt his face - I think he fractured his sinus - he got his face banged-up in a auto crash and was told "You can't play contact sports for a while" so he just took up golf. "There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that that's what he's destined to do".