This was Brooks Koepka’s third triumph in his last six majors and there can be no doubt that golf has a new global force. In a dramatic finale to the 100th USPGA Championship the young American held off an inspired challenge by Tiger Woods to complete a famous 2018 double.For the second major in a row the reports of the Woods resurrection proved to be a little exaggerated. But then, it was impossible to resist reaching for the hyperbole as golf’s great icon launched his charge that at times seemed irresistible.
In the end, however, the dream came crashing down – into a ravine on the 17th hole to be exact where he hit his drive when a birdie was an absolute must. And so he had to settle for runner-up, but there is no shame in that considering where he was last year – on an operating table having a spinal fusion.
The 28-year-old’s staggering progress is best measured by the fact he has become just the fifth player in history to win the US Open and USPGA in the same year. And the other four happen to be Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.