The 105th PGA Championship is in the books and what a week it was in upstate New York.
Brooks Koepka won his fifth Major title, coming back after ‘choking’ away The Masters last month to overtake Rory McIlroy in the Major tally and firmly put his name among the world’s best players once again.
As well as Koepka’s superb triumph, there were plenty more huge stories from Oak Hill, highlighted by club pro Michael Block and his cinderella story.
Block finished as the leading club pro, and the only one to make the cut, to earn over $300,000 and pick up thousands upon thousands of new fans. He made a hole-in-one, got to play with Rory McIlroy on Sunday and earned two PGA Tour starts from it as well as an invite back next year.
Here we take a look at the biggest stories from the 2023 PGA Championship:
MAJOR KOEPKA BACK
After admitted that he “choked” away last month’s Masters, Koepka looked back to his old self to win his fifth Major title and first in four years.
The former World No.1 has had a torrid last few years with injuries but is back healthy now and looking like his old self. He’s up to 13th in the world despite playing in just six world ranking events since last year’s PGA and is right back in the Ryder Cup frame.
He also joins Seve Ballesteros, Byron Nelson, Peter Thomson, James Braid and JH Taylor as five-time Major winners in the men’s game.
“This one is definitely special,” he said. “I think this one is probably the most meaningful of them all with everything that’s gone on, all the crazy stuff over the last few years. But it feels good to be back, and to get No.5.”
It’s safe to say he’s going to go down as an all-time great.
The PGA Pro basically stole the show at Oak Hill this weekend, where he made the cut, played with Rory McIlroy in the final round and even made the only hole-in-one of the week.
Blocky earned over $300,000, far surpassing his career-high paycheck of $75,000, and even earned a spot back in next year’s PGA Championship as a top-15 finisher. He was delighted that this achievement meant another PGA Pro would get the chance to compete as there will be an extra 20 qualifying at the PGA Professionals Championship.
To cap off his remarkable week, the 46-year-old has also received invites into this week’s Charles Schwab Challenge and the following week’s RBC Canadian Open.
“This week’s been absolutely a dream,” he said. “I didn’t know it was going to happen, but I knew if I…
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