For the second straight year, Brooks Koepka will take home the Wanamaker Trophy. At the start of the fourth round, everyone (including myself) thought it would be walk in the park. However, starting on hole 11, his and Dustin Johnson’s fortunes began to change. That is when the PGA Championship started to get interesting.
Shooting 5 bogies in 7 holes started to scuttle Koepka’s ship. All his strengths (driving and chipping) became his handicaps. He was all over the place and Bethpage Black is not the course to suddenly become wayward. Additionally, his putting was shaky down the stretch. All this to say, the tournament was much closer than anticipated with 9 holes to play.
Add Dustin Johnson 3 under through 15 and the lead was closed to 2 strokes. Another wayward shot by Koepka and Johnson would be sitting in the clubhouse wondering if there was to be extra holes. As it turned out, DJ bogeyed 16 and 17 giving Koepka some breathing room. Needless to say, DJ ran out of holes and left Koepka’s fate to Koepka.
As with other Majors, Koepka finished strong and won the second Major of 2019 by two strokes. It was not anticlimatic, just good golf to watch.
On a side note, I want to say that my predictions were spot on for this event. Brooks Koepka won; DJ finished second; Rory McIlroy finished 8th; and my dark horse Jordan Spieth finished 3rd. Not bad I think.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!