PGA: A Look Back on an Exciting 2019 PGA Championship
The 101st PGA Championship was exciting all week. Bethpage did a fantastic job as a host. The course had taken a substantial amount of rain earlier in the week. By the time the first round started the course look in fantastic shape. It seemed right from the get-go that there was one player that would stand above the rest. Brooks Koepka was the defending champion and he showed how he won last year.
Of course, everyone came into Bethpage hoping that Tiger Woods would win his second major of the year. He had a tough start to his first round. He would finish the 1st round at 2-over par. The second round he would have a strong finish. Unfortunately, he would miss the cut by just one shot. He will now look to focus on Pebble Beach for the U.S. Open in just a few short weeks.
Koepka wasn’t the only player that found himself towards the top of the leaderboard. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson were also up there. Just to name a few. Although, the one that surprised me was Jazz Janewattananond. In fact, this young man from Thailand had three good rounds. He struggled in the final round but was as close as 4 or 5 shots of Koepka. Rory McIlroy had some up and downs but in his final round, he had a good one.
Brooks Koepka came into the final round with a 6-shot lead. He would keep that for most of the final round. However, as the wind picked up his lead started to fade away. Dustin Johnson was right there, and he was coming to try and take the lead. Johnson would finish the tournament 6-under par. Koepka would finish his final round 4-over par. He would win by 2 shots and claim back to back PGA Championships. This has not happened since Tiger Woods won back to back in 2006 and 2007.
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