Koepka survives multiple bogeys to win PGA Championship

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Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where Koepka already is the betting favorite as he defends his title for the second time.

Koepka became the first player since Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship in back-to-back years (2006-07).

The muscled Floridan is the first player to win his first four majors inside two years and the first in history to win two back-to-back majors concurrently after also landing consecutive US Opens in 2017 and 2018. Koepka kept his seven-shot lead going into a final round that feels more like a victory lap as he tries to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in stroke play at the PGA Championship.

However, just as she went for the kiss Koepka turned to the other side to fist-bump one of his mates, leaving Sims hanging awkwardly. Koepka led all of his challengers by seven strokes entering Round 4, something that had happened nine other times after 54 holes in a major since 1900. Or the similar Augusta agonies of Rory McIlroy or Greg Norman.

"I'm just glad we didn't have to play any more holes" Koepka added.

"That was a stressful round of golf, DJ [Johnson] played awesome".

"The first practice we played I just thought, 'This guy is the real deal, he is hitting the ball unbelievable.' And I just held on to him". "I don't know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that". "Just I don't know how it flew 200 yards into the wind like that". "This is so cool".

No one will doubt whether Koepka is capable the way he is playing. That restored the lead to six shots, and the coronation was on.

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Brooks Koepka won his fourth major with Portrush caddy Ricky Elliott (left) again on the bag.

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No man has led a major by so much so late and lost.

Koepka said it was the most satisfying of his majors. Perhaps worst was a series of Dustin Johnson chants while Koepka was on way to making bogey at the 14th.

"I think we're all playing for second, " List said. "To be standing here today with four majors, it's mind-blowing".

Brooks was well aware of what was going on ahead of him and he was clearly feeling the heat but instead of applying yet more pressure, DJ made back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17 to give Brooks some much-welcomed breathing space and it changed the complexion of the championship entirely.

Koepka revealed earlier this week he has a "number" in mind for major titles.

"Phenomenal. I think that's a good word", Koepka told reporters as he described his winning run. Woods's most dominant stretches surpass what Koepka has done. It's just a hard golf course. He's naturally reticent to be in the spotlight, and yet is riled easily when he perceives he is not getting the attention he should. I'm going to get a lot better. "I just made mistakes at the wrong time".

His deadpan demeanor on the course is a deliberate ploy to stay focused and guard against his hot-headedness as a youngster, he says.

The young Koepka took up golf after a auto accident ended his dreams of making it in baseball, basketball and other more athletic sports.

He traveled widely, from Kenya to Kazakhstan, learning his trade, gaining life experiences and growing up. Lorenzo-Vera, who's still looking for his first Euro Tour win 12 years after winning the European Challenge Tour money list, is almost 15 yards longer than he was two years ago.

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