PGA Championship Recap: Koepka Wins Fourth Major
PGA Championship Recap: Koepka Wins Fourth Major

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The last thing anyone expected to see was the headline, "Koepka hangs on to win PGA."

Brooks Koepka did in fact hang on to win the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Sunday, needing every bit of the seven-stroke lead he carried into the final round.

The lead was still six with eight holes to play before things took a shocking 180. Koepka bogeyed four holes in a row, Nos. 11 to 14, allowing hard-charging Dustin Johnson to get within one. He also bogeyed 17 but escaped after Johnson himself bogeyed 16 and 17.

Koepka now has four major titles. He put this one at "the top of the list" because it was the hardest. Of course, it should've been the easiest.

"Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was – how stressful DJ made that," Koepka told reporters on Long Island. "I know for a fact that was the most excited I've ever been in my life there on 18."

After a final par to close out a two-stroke win at 8-under, Koepka described his day as "half-choking it away." Imagine the ignominy of becoming the first golfer to ever blow a seven-stroke, 54-hole lead – not just in a major but ever.

The 29-year-old Floridian now has won four of his past eight majors with a run more dominating than Rory McIlroy at the beginning of the decade and Jordan Spieth in 2015. It's the most dominating since

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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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