PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka has been described as ‘the champion of his era’ following his stunning victory at the weekend.
Prior to last week, Brooks Koepka’s success on golf’s biggest stages was undeniable, highlighted by U.S. Open victories in 2017 and 2018 and PGA Championship wins in 2018 and 2019. Koepka’s win at Oak Hill Country Club this past weekend elevates him to even more historic status, as he is now one of only 20 golfers to ever win five major championships, placing him among the best players of all time.
Koepka’s victory on Sunday was also reminiscent of his earlier victories. The American golfer finished the tournament at 9-under par, two strokes ahead of fellow American Scottie Scheffler and Norwegian Viktor Hovland. Despite facing challenging weather conditions throughout the tournament, Koepka remained calm and focused, displaying a level of mental fortitude that has become synonymous with his play during previous major title victories.
In his post-victory interview, Koepka spoke about the challenges he has faced in recent times, including injuries and a loss of form. He credited his team for their support and the hard work they had put in to get him back to his best.
In winning his third PGA Championship title on Sunday, the 33-year-old Koepka becomes the seventh male golfer since 1950 to win five majors before the age of 34. The previous six are in the World Golf Hall of Fame – Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He is also the first player born after 1975 to win five majors and the third player to win three or more PGA Championships in the stroke play era. He is the first LIV Golf player to hoist a major trophy since joining the league.
Greg Norman, LIV Golf Commissioner and CEO, said: “Brooks, congratulations on a commanding win that cements your place among the greatest to ever play this game.
“You have showcased a rare combination of strength, resolve, skill, belief and a relentless will to win that few possess, and you rise to the occasion when it matters most. Your impact on the sport is unquestioned as the champion of this era.”