Mon, Aug 13, 6:57pm by Staff Writer
Brooks Koepka became just the third American golfer to win five majors before the age of 29 when he claimed the USPGA Championship on Monday morning.
Koepka shot a 16-under score for the event at the Bellerive Country Club, seeing off the challenge of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods and Australia’s Adam Scott.
Tiger Woods was the fan favourite and with the former world number one breathing down his neck, Koepka stood strong along the back nine.
Woods shot a final round 64, his lowest ever in the final round of a major and that was while he carted two bogeys. It is Woods’ seventh runner-up finish in a major.
Tiger has played 14 tournaments in 2018 as he continues his ascent in the sport. He was ranked 656th in the world in January when he played at Torrey Pines and is now in a good position to make the Tour Championship for top 30 players.
Woods needing a win at the USPGA Championship to automatically qualifier for the United States Ryder Cup team in September.
The United States team, led by captain Jim Furyk are $1.90 favourites to win the three-day event in France in late September.
Europe is priced at $2.10 to win the Ryder Cup and will be led by Thomas Bjørn.
Despite not being an automatic qualifier, Woods is a certain captain’s pick by Furyk and will join countrymen Koepka, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson in the 12-man team.
Koepka made birdie after birdie on the final day, with a 10 foot putt on the 15th and a seven foot putt on the 16th capping his performance.
His final hole par set a PGA Championship scoring record of 264.
It was a return to form for Adam Scott, who finished outright third after carting a three-under par final round score to finish 13-under.
He was left to lament missing putts on the 14th and 15th holes as he was within striking distance of Koepka.
Spain’s Jon Rahm and American Stewart Cink finished tied for fourth on 11-under, while defending champion Justin Thomas faded to finish at 10-under after being one of the favourites before the event began.
British Open winner Francesco Molinari was unable to repeat his historic efforts from earlier this season and finished with a score of 10-under.
Rory McIlroy was once again disappointing; stretching is winless run at majors to four years, admitting that he has regressed this season after winning at Bay Hill on the PGA Tour earlier this season.
Ryder Cup Odds – Sportsbet
Europe $2.10 Tie $11 US $1.90
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