Claiming a third major title and second in 2018 is something PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka could not even dream about.
Having successfully retained his U.S. Open crown in June, Koepka reigned supreme at Bellerive Country Club courtesy of his two-stroke victory on Sunday.
Koepka held off Tiger Woods and Adam Scott with his four-under-par 66 in St Louis, where the American became just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA in the same season.
Reflecting on his achievement after overcoming a wrist injury earlier in the year, Koepka told reporters: “It’s incredible. To think where I was four months ago, I didn’t really even dream about.
“To come out here and play as well as we did, it’s really incredible. I struck it so well at Firestone [WGC-Bridgestone Invitational], I just wasn’t putting well. My head was kind of moving back on the ball. And that’s all we focused on when we got here.
“We just needed to hit the ball well and do the stuff I was doing, and continue — and I don’t think — Claude (Harmon, Koepka’s coach) didn’t say one word to me this week I was hitting it that good. He just stood behind me and was like, yup, that’s perfect. And we just worked on some putting and that was it and making sure my head stayed still.
“To come out here and play as well as we did was really, I can’t even put into words how well I played and I’m so excited for myself and my caddie and my team.”
Woods was flirting with a 15th major triumph but the former world number one was denied by Koepka on Sunday.
A total of eight birdies elevated Woods into contention, however, the 28-year-old Koepka held on to move into third spot in the FedExCup.
“It was kind of the first time Tiger’s been in contention and I’ve been in contention at the same time, so the fans definitely let you know what he was doing,” Koepka said.
“And I was playing with Scotty, so I knew what I was up against. And Scotty played unbelievably well and so did Tiger. They definitely made me question it there for a bit or think about it, for sure.”
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