Brooks Koepka, who’s the primary LIV Golf participant to win a serious championship, mentioned: “I undoubtedly suppose it helps LIV. However I am extra concerned with my very own self proper now, to be sincere”; Koepka held off Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler on the ultimate day at Oak Hill
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Brooks Koepka mentioned his final-day Masters failure performed a key position in him securing a fifth main title after emerged victorious with a formidable PGA Championship victory.
Koepka led by two strokes after three rounds at Augusta Nationwide earlier this yr, however finally misplaced out to Jon Rahm as he shot a three-over 75 on the Sunday.
Koepka blamed himself for “choking” when addressing the media earlier this week however, holding a one-shot benefit coming into the ultimate day in Rochester, the 33-year-old this time wouldn’t let his lead slip.
“I undoubtedly would not have gained, I do not suppose, if that [The Masters] did not occur,” Koepka mentioned. “Positively take it and hold utilizing it going ahead for every occasion, every main, any time I am in competition.
“I’ve all the time realized extra from the 4 instances I completed second than, I suppose, the 5 instances I’ve gained now.
“I feel failure is the way you study. You get higher from it. You understand what errors you have made.
“Actually, I feel the large secret is simply being open and sincere with your self, and if you are able to do that, you may be miles forward of everyone else.”
Koepka’s victory was his third on the PGA Championship and fifth total, shifting him away from Rory McIlroy (4) and stage with the legendary Seve Ballesteros, amongst others, on 5.
It was his first main win for 4 years, with accidents blighting his profession within the intervening years earlier than a marked return to kind in 2023.
“It feels rattling good,” he mentioned. “This one is certainly particular. I feel this one might be essentially the most significant of all of them with the whole lot that is gone on, all of the loopy stuff over the previous few years. It feels good to be again and to get quantity 5.”
Brooks added on his legacy: “I do care about it. It is simply robust to essentially grasp the scenario sort of when you’re nonetheless in it, I feel.
“I attempt not to consider it proper now. In all probability once I’m retired and I can look again with Jena and my son and sort of replicate on all that stuff, that will likely be actually particular, however proper now I am making an attempt to gather as lots of these items as I can.”
Koepka’s victory at Oak Hill additionally represented the primary main success for a member of the LIV Golf tour.
“I undoubtedly suppose it helps LIV,” Koepka mentioned. “However I am extra concerned with my very own self proper now, to be sincere with you.
“Yeah, it is an enormous factor for LIV, however on the identical time I am out right here competing as a person on the PGA Championship. I am simply pleased to take this dwelling for the third time.”
Hovland: Second-place end ‘sucks proper now’
Pushing Koepka all the way in which within the remaining spherical was his enjoying associate Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian trailed by just one stroke till he discovered the bunker on his method to a double bogey the sixteenth gap.
Hovland opted to hit a 9 iron out of the sand however his effort plugged within the lip of the bunker and his problem disappeared like his ball, with Koepka birdieing the identical gap to maneuver 4 clear.
“I felt like I performed actually stable golf,” Hovland advised reporters. “I gave myself quite a lot of appears… however Brooks was exhausting to catch. He is a good participant, and now he has 5 majors. That is a hell of a document proper there.
“It isn’t straightforward going toe to toe with a man like that. He isn’t going to provide you something, and I did not actually really feel like I gave him something both till 16.
“I really feel like I belong out right here. I simply have gotten to get just a little bit higher, and hopefully it goes my means the subsequent time.
It is Hovland’s third top-10 end in a row in main championships and he added: “It sucks proper now, however it’s actually cool to see that issues are going the appropriate path.
“If I simply hold taking good care of my enterprise and simply hold engaged on what I have been doing, I feel we’ll get certainly one of these quickly.”
Scheffler ‘does not care’ about return to No 1 rating
Scottie Scheffler shot a five-under 65 to complete in a tie for second with Hovland, two photographs again from Koepka on seven underneath. It is a end result that noticed him return to No 1 on the earth.
Leapfrogging Masters champion Jon Rahm into prime spot represented no silver lining to the 2022 winner at Augusta Nationwide, nonetheless.
“It is good, however I actually do not care,” Scheffler advised the media, laughing. “I do not play for world rating. I play to come back out right here and compete.
“Proper now, I am just a little unhappy that I wasn’t capable of get the event finished, however I am pleased with how I fought, I am pleased with how I performed the again 9 at the moment to provide myself an opportunity. I bought beat by someone that performed higher this week, and tip of the cap to Brooks. I’s simply the way it goes.”