Brooks Koepka defends US PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson second

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Most of the big names expected to perform well at this year's PGA Championship haven't quite lived up to expectations (with the exception of Brooks Koepka, of course).

Florida State Men's Golf has now been part of eight Major titles, with Koepka adding to his lead among Seminole Major Winners with four.

Winning four of his last eight majors is a stretch not seen since Woods won seven out of 11 when he captured the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.

Two of the longest and strongest players on the PGA Tour struggled mightily with the swirling winds that at times reached 20 miles per hour in some spots.

"I thought it was pretty weird how they were telling Brooks to choke", Varner said about the 14th hole.

McIlroy struggled to an opening-round 72 and needed four birdies in the last six holes on Friday to make the halfway cut, before settling for a third-round 69 at Bethpage Black.

A remarkable shot off the tee, and the finish was even more remarkable. That was a stressful round of golf.

'It's super enjoyable and I'll just try to ride that momentum going into Pebble (Beach, venue for the US Open). He did an unbelievable job putting pressure on me. I don't know if I ever have-I'm sure I have. "This is so cool".

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It helped me refocus and hit a good one down 15.

From there he progressed to 2003 Open champion Ben Curtis but it was only by chance that he took Koepka's bag for the 2013 US PGA at Oak Hill and the American has since won $26 million on the PGA Tour alone. Koepka led all of his challengers by seven strokes entering Round 4, something that had happened nine other times after 54 holes in a major since 1900.

Both, along with Masters champion Tiger Woods, will be at Royal Melbourne in December for the Presidents Cup and if anyone was silly enough to arrange our best course to look like Bethpage, it would be a shocking distortion of an wonderful golf course that remains one of the world's very best. He hasn't dominated away from the Majors.

"It's been so much fun these last two years, I don't think anybody thought I would do it that fast", Koepka told a press conference.

Yesterday's win will have taken plenty out of Brooks and for the first time in a major he's looked vaguely vulnerable. "I don't know what else to say".

Koepka said it was the most satisfying of his majors.

"I've got a lot to play for, " List said. "And then I'm going to have to play very, very well". He's naturally reticent to be in the spotlight, and yet is riled easily when he perceives he is not getting the attention he should. I just made mistakes at the wrong time. But you've got to focus on what you're doing. But it works against him in the public eye as fans and the media crave characters. Koepka was 16 strokes worse on Saturday and Sunday than on Thursday and Friday, following up his record-setting 128 on the first 36 holes with a 144 on the final 36.

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