Seeking to become the first player in over 60 years to win the same major tournament three years in a row, and the first to do so in the PGA Championship since the 1920s, Koepka started the final round with just two headshots. But as low scores were plentiful and several players birdied while seeking a position, the two-time defending champion found himself empty.
Koepka let out a shot on the No.2, came out in the 39th and did not birdie until the 12th hole. That added to a disastrous, 4 of 74, a score that only beat one player (Jim Herman) in the final round and one that left Koepka tied for 29th.
“Making the turn to 4 was disappointing, to say the least,” said Koepka. “You knew you had to be under par, at least one, to have a good chance in the back. I mean, this is my first bad turn in a while in a major.
Koepka spoke confidently after the third round, and he had the record to back it up. Having won four major tournaments since 2017, he entered the final round being one of the favorites where among the other top 20 players, only 54 hole leader Dustin Johnson had already won a major. But that pedigree didn’t help him on a foggy day at TPC Harding Park, where he eventually finished 10 shots behind winner Collin Morikawa.
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This is just the second time in his last 18 major starts that Koepka has finished outside the top 25, and Monday will be the first day since his victory at Erin Hills on June 18, 2017, which he will not wake up as a champion. In title. in one of the four majors of golf.
“Hey, that wasn’t meant to be,” Koepka said. “Three in a row, you’re not really supposed to do two in a row watching the story. But it does not matter. You still have two (majors) the rest of the season and we’ll find out from there. “