Brooks Koepka: Ranking Five Major Championships of the LIV Golf Star
- Brooks Koepka became the first player from the LIV Golf faction to win a major
- He now has won three PGA Championships after Sunday’s victory
- Koepka has also won two U.S. Open titles in his illustrious career
Brooks Koepka is a major champion once again.
The 33-year-old returned to the top of the golfing world on Sunday, winning the 2023 PGA Championship by two shots.
To celebrate his triumph, Sports Brief looks at the five major championships Koepka has won in his illustrious career.
2017 U.S. Open
Koepka made history when he won his first career major championship at the 2017 U.S. Open. He tied the tournament’s scoring record, shooting a 16-under-par total of 272 at Erin Hills.
Koepka started the final round down by a single shot. He quickly erased that deficit by making birdies on his opening two holes.
He pulled away in the back nine, making three consecutive birdies from the 14th to 16th holes.
Koepka won the event by four strokes over Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama.
2018 U.S. Open
Koepka successfully defended his U.S. Open title in 2018, winning the tournament by one shot over Tommy Fleetwood to claim his second major championship.
Koepka shot a 68 in the final round to finish the event with a one-over-par total of 281.
He made history with his triumph at Shinnecock, becoming the first golfer since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles.
He became the seventh golfer to win consecutive U.S. Opens.
Koepka managed to hold off a furious final-round surge by Fleetwood, who shot a 63 in his final 18 holes.
Johnson, who shared the lead with Koepka, Daniel Berger, and Tony Finau, entering the final round, finished in third place at three over par.
2018 PGA Championship
Golf fans will forever remember Koepka’s triumph in the 2018 PGA Championship as he went toe to toe with Tiger Woods in the final round.
Woods, who was looking for his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open, sent fans into a frenzy with his late surge at Bellerive.
Woods shot the best final round of his career in a major, firing a six-under-par 64.
That wasn’t enough, however, to beat Koepka, who shot a pair of 66s in the last two rounds.
He finished with a 16-under-par total of 264 to win the tournament by two strokes over Woods, per Bleacher Report.
Koepka became the fifth American golfer to win three major championships by the age of 29, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Jordan Spieth.
2019 PGA Championship
Koepka successfully defended his PGA Championship title in 2019, winning the tournament by two shots over Dustin Johnson to claim his fourth major championship.
Koepka shot a 74 in the final round to finish the event with an eight-under-par total of 272.
He managed to secure the win despite bogeying five of the last eight holes.
Koepka made history with the win, becoming the first golfer to successfully defend both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in a career.
2023 PGA Championship
Koepka became the first LIV golfer to capture a major title, winning the 2023 PGA Championship by two strokes over Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland, per CBS Sports.
He shot a 67 in the final round to finish the tournament with a nine-under-par total of 271.
With the victory, Koepka joined Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only golfers to win three PGA Championship titles in the stroke-play era.
He also became the 20th player in history to win five major titles.
Block sinks hole-in-one
Sports Brief recently reported on Michael Block sinking an ace during the final round of the 2023 PGA Championship.
He made the shot of his life on the 15th hole, with his tee shot landing straight at the pin for a slam dunk hole-in-one.
Playing partner Rory McIlroy immediately congratulated Block after the ace.
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