29 Jul Koepka claims maiden World Golf Championship at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
After starting the final round a stroke behind Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka finished at sixteen-under par to win by three shots and pick up his maiden World Golf Championship, at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, in Memphis.
Brooks had three birdies in a stretch of four holes on the front nine and finished his day having shot a bogey free, five-under (65). This was his seventh PGA Tour title.
Opening up with a pair of pars, Koepka rolled in a nine-footer for birdie on the third, which grabbed him a share of the lead.
On the fifth, a second shot from 185 yards to five feet sealed another birdie and the outright lead. Koepka birdied his second straight on the par-four sixth, rolling in a twenty-footer for a two stroke lead.
At the par-four tenth, Brooks made another birdie putt from eight feet and padded his lead. The clincher came at the penultimate hole, when he sunk a twelve-footer for birdie.
“These last few years have been unbelievable. It’s been an incredible run,” said Koepka, who spoke of his record of nine runner-up finishes.
“Every time I come second I’m learning something, watching the guy who wins if I’m playing with him, or trying to figure out how I handle shots under pressure.
“I’ve come into my own, figuring out my game, especially under the gun.”
Koepka claimed a $2 million bonus from the Wyndham Rewards program and is assured to going into the FedExCup Playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
Congratulations to Brooks on his seventh PGA TOUR title. Phenomenal display of golf!