Brooks Koepka moves up
Tiger Woods finishes runner up; moves to No. 20 in standings
ATLANTA – In his 100th start on the PGA TOUR, Brooks Koepka nabbed his third career major title and second of the season at the PGA Championship with a final-round 66 at Bellerive Country Club, after taking a two-stroke lead over Adam Scott through 54 holes. Koepka’s 16-under total was enough to edge a charging Tiger Woods (64) by two shots.
With his win, Koepka earned 600 FedExCup points to jump from No. 13 to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. Following his second consecutive victory at the U.S. Open, Koepka’s game had cooled over his next three starts (T19-T39-CUT) until finishing solo fifth at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational the week prior to the PGA Championship.
After a first-round 1-under 69 in St. Louis, Koepka made his move up the leaderboard with a 7-under 63, tying the lowest 18-hole score in PGA Championship history. Koepka then added a 66 on Saturday to grab the 54-hole lead. His win at the PGA Championship made him the fifth player in history to win both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season, joining Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus.
“When I look at what I've done in the past two months, it's incredible,” Koepka said. “Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.”
Koepka will make his third appearance in the TOUR Championship, with a solo sixth last year at East Lake representing his best result. In three previous seasons on the PGA TOUR, Koepka’s highest final standing in the FedExCup was 10th in 2017.
Adding to Koepka’s gratification of winning the PGA Championship was his ability to withstand a charge by 14-time major champion Woods, whose final-round 64 was his lowest score on a Sunday in a major. The solo runner-up finish moved Woods from No. 49 to No. 20 in the FedExCup standings, which currently qualifies him for the TOUR Championship by falling within the top 30 in the standings. Woods has not qualified for the PGA TOUR’s season finale at East Lake Golf Club since 2013.
This week’s Wyndham Championship marks the final chance for players to secure a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs by being inside the top 125 in the standings. Here’s a look at the current top 30 in the FedExCup standings: