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PGA Championship results: Brooks Koepka wins and plays the perfect Tiger Woods foil

Brooks Koepka will play the disrespect card again, as all the headlines and attention turned to Tiger Woods on Sunday at the PGA Championship. But it’s less about disrespect for Koepka, the best player in the world, than it is the fascination with the biggest draw ever in the game doing things we never thought we’d see again. It could have been any player, any legend, any longshot, playing in the final pairing on Sunday with the lead and everyone would have been paying more attention to what was going on up ahead with Tiger.

But it was not any player in that last group. It was the golfing automaton that is Koepka, the person probably most impervious to the madness up ahead. Tiger shot a 64 that had the ground shaking in St Louis. It could have been a shot better — maybe — on the back nine and it still would not have mattered. Koepka would hear a roar and then just make a birdie to separate.

It was so impressive but not really unexpected. We’re starting to understand that this is who Koepka is at the majors, especially when playing from out front late in the game. This was just the game, blouses moment.

At the last spot where he could find serious trouble, the 17th tee with water running down the right side, he murdered the ball on the perfect line over a corner and down the middle. We saw Tiger pump one into the hazard about 15 minutes prior but Koepka might not have nerves of any kind, especially with the driver in his hands.

The course was among the easiest you’ll see at a major, but Koepka went 66-66 on the weekend after matching the PGA Championship record with a 63 on Friday. Perhaps the most impressive thing about it is that it felt so inevitable. He was a likely candidate to win before the week started and then by the time we got to the weekend, it seemed crazy to think anyone else would knock him off.

Now he’s got as many majors as Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm, combined. Those are the other top five players in the world, but it’s not really a question of who is the most dominant when it matters most. The others may get more publicity, a thing Koepka apparently bristles at and notices each time, but Koepka is the one best set-up for an historic career.

Right or wrong, we tend to define careers most by major championship performance, and that’s where Koepka is at his best. He has the remarkable, quite backwards, distinction of having won three majors while only winning one PGA Tour event. The progression is usually the other way around but it feels like Koepka is still getting started at this kind of show at the majors. Just like it would have been surprising to see him blow it on Sunday, it would be surprising if he never won another major.

He’s the best player in the world, the Player of the Year, and is now a certain Hall of Famer. Here’s your final leaderboard from Bellerive:

2018 PGA Championship Results

PlacePlayerScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total
PlacePlayerScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total
1Brooks Koepka-1669636666264
2Tiger Woods-1470666664266
3Adam Scott-1370656567267
T4Stewart Cink-1167696667269
T4Jon Rahm-1168676668269
T6Thomas Pieters-1067667166270
T6Francesco Molinari-1068676867270
T6Justin Thomas-1069656868270
T6Gary Woodland-1064667169270
T10Rafael Cabrera Bello-970686964271
T10Tyrrell Hatton-971676964271
T12Jordan Spieth-871666966272
T12Chez Reavie-871686766272
T12Brandon Stone-866687068272
T12Daniel Berger-873656668272
T12Kevin Kisner-867647269272
T12Shane Lowry-869646970272
T12Rickie Fowler-865676971272
T19Zach Johnson-766707166273
T19Kevin Na-770696866273
T19Jason Kokrak-768677167273
T19Justin Rose-767696968273
T19Matt Wallace-771666868273
T19Webb Simpson-768686869273
T19Julian Suri-769666870273
T19Jason Day-767686771273
T27Ryan Fox-668706868274
T27Branden Grace-668706868274
T27Dustin Johnson-667667269274
T27Patrick Cantlay-668677069274
T31Dylan Frittelli-573676768275
T31Chris Kirk-568706869275
T31Emiliano Grillo-569676970275
T31Ian Poulter-567706870275
T35Hideki Matsuyama-468697366276
T35J.J. Spaun-469687267276
T35Russell Knox-471686968276
T35Tommy Fleetwood-469706968276
T35Billy Horschel-468696970276
T35Pat Perez-467677072276
T35Xander Schauffele-470676772276
T42Tony Finau-374666968277
T42Sung-jae Im-371677168277
T42Jimmy Walker-369706969277
T42Brandt Snedeker-372676969277
T42Keegan Bradley-369687169277
T42Martin Kaymer-371696770277
T42Ben Kern-371696770277
T42Charl Schwartzel-370636975277
T50Russell Henley-274657168278
T50Austin Cook-267726970278
T50Brice Garnett-271686970278
T50Rory McIlroy-270677170278
T50Seung-su Han-274666672278
T50Andrew Landry-273656971278
T56Cameron Smith-174667366279
T56Thorbjorn Olesen-170687368279
T56Byeong Hun An-170706970279
T59Jhonattan VegasE70707070280
T59Ollie SchniederjansE67717270280
T59Andrew PutnamE68697271280
T59Satoshi KodairaE71686972280
T59Ryan MooreE69706873280
T59Eddie PepperellE72666775280
T65Chris Stroud169707666281
T65Kevin Chappell169717071281
T65Ross Fisher168697371281
T65Adrian Otaegui173676972281
T65Yuta Ikeda168697173281
T65Mike Lorenzo-Vera173657073281
T71Charles Howell III274667270282
T71Jim Furyk269717171282
T71Brian Harman272687171282
T71Marc Leishman268717271282
T71Nick Watney275657072282
T71Joaquin Niemann268717172282
T71Ted Potter Jr.274666874282
78Vijay Singh371697172283
79Brian Gay767737572287
80Scott Brown972687475289

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