Having won 3 of the last Majors he has played in, Brooks Koepka has put himself in line as a golfer to reckoned with any time a Major comes around. He won the 100th PGA Championship to go along with winning the last two US Opens. Despite the crowd routing loudly for Tiger Woods as he made a run at the title, Koepka did what he had to do to hold on the lead – hitting fairways with his driver, playing an excellent iron game, making the putts and getting up and down when he had to. He finished the event with a -16 and 2 strokes ahead of Woods.
Koepka becomes only the 5th player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year (he joines Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods).
Last week, LPGA Tour rookie Georgia Hall became the first English woman to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open since Karen Stupples in 2004. She pulled away from Pornanong Phatlum down the stretch to win by 2 with a -17 total.
The first 8 members of this year’s US Ryder Cup Team have been identified: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Ricky Fowler and Webb Simpson. The remaining 4 spots are Captain Furyk’s pick with will be determined in early September.
On a sad note, Jarrod Lyle passed away at the age of 36 from Leukemia. He was originally diagnosed with the disease when he was 19 years old. He battled back twice before it came back last summer and he was unable to fight it off again. Condolences go out to his family and friends.