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Brooks Koepka Comes Out On Top in Thrilling PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka Comes Out On Top in Thrilling PGA Championship
Brooks Koepka celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2023 PGA Championship (UPI/Alamy Live News)

Brooks Koepka repelled strong competition from Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler to win an entertaining PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The American never let go of top spot on the final day, finishing with a three-under 67 which included seven birdies to claim his third PGA Championship of his career, previously triumphing in 2018 and 2019.

This is the 33-year-old’s fifth major title and joins the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Peter Thomson and Byron Nelson as a quintuple major winner. He also joins Jack Niklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to earn victory in PGA Championship three or more times and become the first LIV Golfer to win a major title.

Scheffler returned to the summit of the Official Golf World Rankings (OWGR) after carding a 65 to reach seven-under thanks to a late surge with four birdies on the back nine, tied alongside Viktor Hovland who shot a two-under 68 but missed out on victory to become the first Norwegian to win a men’s major after hitting a double-bogey on the 16th.

“This is incredible,” Koepka said. “I look back at where we were two years ago. I am just so happy right now, this is just the coolest thing.

“I don’t know how many guys have won five times, but to be with those groups of names is absolutely incredible and I’ll be honest I’m not even sure I dreamed of it as a kid that I was going to win this many. This is the coolest thing and I’m just happy to do it in front of these New York fans, I love you guys.”

Bryson DeChambeau, Kurt Kitayama, and Cameron Davis tied for fourth all finishing on three-under while Rory McIlroy finished alongside Sepp Straka in joint seventh after carding a 69 to end the tournament on two-under.

The next event on the PGA TOUR is the Charles Schwab Challenge taking place between May 25-28 at the Colonial Golf Course in Fort Worth Texas.