PGA Championship Recap: Koepka Tops Star-Studded Leaderboard
PGA Championship Recap: Koepka Tops Star-Studded Leaderboard

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Remember how we wrote last week about all the possibilities for Player of the Year? How it was such a wide-open race that could go down to the wire? Well, now you can forget about it. It's a done deal. The Player of the Year is Brooks Koepka, who held off a star-studded leaderboard, including Tiger Woods, to capture the PGA Championship on Sunday at Bellerive outside St. Louis.

Koepka was on our short list of favorites, but it was still somehow no less shocking to see him stoically go about his business just as he did two months ago at Shinnecock in successfully defending his U.S. Open title. You don't see guys win two majors in a year very often. Koepka not only won two this year, he did it while playing in only three – a wrist injury cost him four months and the Masters.

The 28-year-old Floridian now has won three majors, the same as Jordan Spieth and one shy of Rory McIlroy. And two ahead of still-good-friend-for-now Dustin Johnson. Johnson said he was pleased for his workout buddy after Koepka won the Open back in June, but how long can the relationship stay at the same level? Johnson still is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, but Koepka is now nipping at his heels and could overtake him as soon as the upcoming playoffs. It's one thing to remain cordial, it's another to hang out all the time with the guy who has taken what

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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