Golf, Pga Championship: historic triumph for Koepka
Brooks Koepka won in the United States, for the third time in his career, the PGA Championship. It is a historic triumph for the American. For the first time since the birth of the Arab Super League, a golfer from LIV Golf won a Major by beating his compatriot with a total of 271 strokes (72 66 66 67, -9) Scottie Scheffler and Norwegian Viktor Hovland, both with 273 (-7). Thanks to the result obtained in Rochester, in the state of New York, Scheffler returned to the world throne by ousting the Spanish Jon Rahmonly 50th with 287 (+7) at Oak Hill Country Club (par 70).
"If I think about what happened in these two years, even in terms of injuries, I'm very happy. I finished second four times in a Major and I learned more from those results than from victories. Now, I just want to enjoy this joy", the satisfaction by Koepka.
The first player to win two LIV Golf individual rounds, Koepka has broken yet another taboo. And after the exploits of 2018 and 2019, he dropped the set in the PGA Championship. His is also the success of the "rebels" of the Arab Super League who defeated the traditionalists of the PGA Tour. For Koepka, a 33-year-old from West Palm Beach (Florida), it is a very important victory. Which earned him 3,150,000 dollars against a total prize pool of 17,500,000 and allowed him to rise from 44th to 13th position in the world ranking.
A feat, given that the competitions of the Arab Super League, where Koepka has been playing for almost two years, are not recognized by the Official World Golf Ranking. Furthermore, for him it is the fifth title in a Major (in his palmares also the triumphs at the US Open in 2017 and 2018). As for the other big names in LIV Golf, he finished in 4th place with 277 (-3) Bryson DeChambeau. Same result also for Cameron Davis and Kurt Kitayama. While Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy took 7th place with 278 (-2) tied with Sepp Straka. The Super League rejoices, the PGA Tour takes note of it. The PGA Championship goes to Koepka (already runner-up at The Masters last April), former number 1 in the world now among the emblems of the separatist league of the green.