Thursday, August 16, 2018

Brooks Koepka Wins 100th PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is no longer the Final Major
The PGA Championship celebrates 100 years of history in 2018, and fittingly a scoring duel materialized pitting the past versus the present. Brooks Koepka wins the 2018 tournament by two strokes over Tiger Woods, but the scoring does not fully relate the bigger picture. The professional golf season and its four major golf tournaments were set up so that the PGA Championship was always the last best chance for a golfer to win a major. Starting in 2019 the PGA Championship will be moving to a new date in Spring, forever retiring their slogan of being Glory’s Last Shot.
The PGA Championship was also here in 1992 
Part of the reason the PGA Championship is moving underscores how the PGA Tour has morphed over time. The PGA Championship was built to comprise one of the best fields in golf each year, with hungry golfers looking to scratch out golfing glory. While the PGA Tour season officially ends after the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina this week, the Fed Ex Cup competition for 2018 will begin right after with a series of playoff tournaments. Literally only the highest ranking players are able to play the first event, which is a better formula for creating a field with the best players annually.

Brooks Koepka is 28-years old and played collegiate golf at Florida State. His first win on the PGA Tour came in 2015, then no other wins until the summer of 2017. If you were not paying attention to the game of golf over the last 14 months you likely missed Koepka’s major tournament uprising. He wins the U.S. Open in 2017, and then backs that up by defending his title and winning the 2018 U.S. Open. Two majors and one regular tournament win for Koepka at this point. Now at the Bellerive Club in St. Louis, Koepka out-duels fan favorite Tiger Woods to win the 2018 PGA Championship, and the exposure from battling Tiger is likely to make Koepka the next household name in golf.

The PGA Championship returns to Kiawah in 2012
To view the entire feature story in the newspaper click on Colletonian.

To view past blog entries from the PGA Championship click on Quail Hollow at Charlotte 2017 - Ocean Course at Kiawah 2012 

 To view past blog entries about the RBC Heritage click 20182017 - 2016 20152014 - 2013

To view past blog entries from the BMW Charity click on 20182016 - 2015 - 2014
Tiger finished 2nd to Brooks Koepka at 2018 PGA Championship

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