General news

Koepka survives to win PGA after crowd sense a collapse

Published

on



Collapse

Brooks Koepka celebrates with the Wanamaker trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park – Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The American, who had held a seven-stroke lead at the start of the final round, almost lost control of the title when he made four successive bogeys from the 11th hole before staving off Dustin Johnson for a two-stroke victory at Bethpage Black.

Koepka shot a four-over-par 74 to finish at eight-under 272 and captured his fourth major title in his last eight starts in grand slam events.

Johnson (69) was second on six-under, with Americans Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay and Britain’s Matt Wallace four strokes further back tied for third.

What had seemed for much of the tournament to be a coronation almost became a calamity on Sunday.

Koepka initial stutter was much to the delight of most of the raucous New York gallery, who were openly cheering against him as he walked off the 14th green with a tenuous one-stroke lead.

He has played with a chip on his shoulder his entire career, and hearing chants in his face of “D.J., D.J.” only served to fire him up as he walked down the steep hill and across Round Swamp Road to the 15th tee at Bethpage Black.

Johnson was playing the adjacent 16th hole when the chants went up after Koepka’s mini-collapse.

“I wasn’t nervous. I was just in shock at what was going on,” Koepka said. “When they started chanting D.J. on 14, it actually kind of helped.

“That was probably the best thing that could have happened … helped me refocus and hit a good one down 15.”

Koepka’s playing companion Harold Varner III, however, was annoyed by the crowd reaction.

“I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke,” Varner said.

“That’s not my cup of tea. I was pulling for him after that. I have a few choice words for that. Just cheering for him to do bad, I just don’t get that.”

Johnson, however, subsequently bogeyed the 16th after misjudging his approach shot in the strong and gusty winds and the lead was back up to two strokes.

In becoming the first champion to lead wire-to-wire since Hal Sutton in 1983, Koepka successfully defended his title and also displaced Johnson as world number one.

Koepka, who also won back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2017-18, admitted his run of bogeys had put him under pressure.

“Tell you what, the hour spent from number 11 to 14 was interesting,” Koepka said. “I just got stuck in a bogey train. I just made mistakes at the wrong time.

“You’ve got to hit good drives and I put it in the rough. I challenge anyone to play this course in 15-to 20 miles-per-hour winds and see what they shoot.”

“Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was, how stressful D.J. made it.

https://nnn.ng/koepka-survives-to-win-pga-after-crowd-sense-a-collapse/

Digitisation of government activities will reduce corruption -Fayemi Yoruba groups dissociate selves from planned Oct. 1 rally, support united Nigeria Abia Govt., NSE to partner on SME development Cassava farmers want soft loans to boost garri production Ondo governorship election: we’ll continue to play neutral role – IG 60th Independence Anniversary :Group appeals to President Buhari to evacuate stranded Nigerian traders in Ghana Ember months: FRSC tasks motorists on safe driving, traffic rules Niger Govt. Set to reopen schools on Oct. 4 3 drivers, supplier face N26.1m theft charge Lai Mohammed preaches unity at Nigeria @60 historical exhibition UNGA74: Buhari congratulates Muhammad-Bande on successful tenure [email protected]: LASG reduces water transportation fare Sen. Al-Makura lauds organised labour for suspending protest, strike Club pledges to construct N150m Accident, Emergency Ward Kaduna SUBEB opens bid for N7b UBEC intervention projects Mali: Again, ECOWAS to deliberate on grey areas as Jonathan briefs Buhari FG to conduct census of businesses Ondo 2020: Sanwo-Olu drums support for Akeredolu, ICPC uncovers  illegal diversion of part of N2.67 meant for school feeding programme Subsidy removal: FG sets up modalities to disburse 2,000 buses Gov. Bagudu seeks stakeholders’ collaboration to achieve free rabies status by 2030 FG launches digital Nigeria portal, mobile app 20th Anniversary: ICPC commends Enugu residents for joining in crusade against corruption Security: NIS trains 320 personnel for North-West operations  Paraguayan club president gets lifetime ban for match manipulation NOA trains 17 officers for campaign to end open defecation in Enugu Lagos by-elections: We’ll win by landslide – APC Premier League has one month to decide on any handball law change request Oct.1: China honours 49 outstanding Nigerians working for Chinese coys in Nigeria Portuguese team walk back from stadium after Cup defeat 2020/2021 Legal Year: Kogi CJ assures of speedy, efficient administration of justice Corruption: Buhari vows to check `greed of a callous few’ Council chairman condemns assassination attempt on Nsukka market leader ICPC not targeting lawmakers with Constituency Projects Tracking – Chairman Lawmaker  appeals for release of abducted ECDA chairman in Nasarawa State  LASG inaugurates team to curtail encroachment on Magodo road Military sustains air onslaught against terrorists, hits hideouts in Borno Lagarde’s peace at risk as ECB splits over virus response – sources Association urges police to redouble efforts on security in Abuja Nigeria at 60: Citizens caution FG on foreign borrowings Kano SUBEB trains 50 teachers on toy making Mixed reactions trail NLC strike suspension in Oyo state Black designers celebrated at Milan fashion week Delta lawmaker constructs classroom blocks in Adonte Community Rep. Akande-Sadipe salutes Adelabu at 50 Lagos: Council chairman visits Idi-Araba community to assess impact of flooding Uber granted 18-month London licence after legal battle 661 more arrests in Malaysia over pandemic rule breaking Police arraign 2 over alleged cult membership Strike over oil sector deregulation not necessary – Don