Brooks Koepka moves to No. 2 with dominant PGA Championship performance
Matt Kuchar retains top spot for eighth consecutive week
ATLANTA – In a dominant, record-setting performance, Brooks Koepka secured his fourth major championship title in his last eight starts by going wire-to-wire in a successful title defense at the PGA Championship. Koepka collected 600 FedExCup points with his victory at Bethpage Black, jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and solidified a trip to East Lake Golf Club and the TOUR Championship where he will be in search of his first FedExCup title.
“Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all [four majors] for how stressful that round was; how stressful DJ made that,” Koepka said. “I know for a fact that was the most excited I've ever been in my life ever there on 18.”
In less than 100 days, the TOUR Championship will return to historic East Lake Golf Club from Aug. 21-25, when the top 30 players from the FedExCup standings will vie for the FedExCup title at the PGA TOUR’s season-ending event. In three previous appearances (2015, 2017 and 2018), Koepka’s best finish at East Lake is a tie for sixth in 2016. In the FedExCup competition, Koepka will look to improve on his ninth-place final standing in 2018.
The win was Koepka’s second during the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season (THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES) as he joins Matt Kuchar and Xander Schauffele with multiple wins in the season. Since the inception of the FedExCup competition in 2007, no player has missed the TOUR Championship after winning twice or more in a single season.
Each of the last eight reigning PGA champions have qualified for the TOUR Championship, with Tiger Woods (2007) and Justin Thomas (2017) the only players to win both the PGA Championship and FedExCup in the same season.
Kuchar remains atop the FedExCup standings for the eighth consecutive week following a T8 finish at the PGA. In just 14 starts during the 2018-19 season, Kuchar has collected seven top-10 finishes, which includes his wins at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and Sony Open in Hawaii.
Tiger Woods, who collected his 80th PGA TOUR title at the 2018 TOUR Championship, sits 20th in the FedExCup standings after missing the cut in what was his first start since his historic victory at the Masters.
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