Brooks Koepka says he was inspired by fans cheering for Dustin Johnson as he held his nerve to claim back-to-back US PGA Championship titles

  • Brooks Koepka won back-to-back US PGA Championships on Sunday
  • He took a tournament record seven-shot lead into the final round at Bethpage
  • But Koepka bogeyed four holes in succession to allow Dustin Johnson a sniff
  • The raucous New York crowd chanted ‘DJ, DJ’ in support of his rival
  • But Koepka held his nerve, saying the chants inspired him to the finish line 

Brooks Koepka admitted the sound of the fans turning against him worked in his favour as he held his nerve to claim back-to-back US PGA titles and a fourth major title in his last eight starts.

Koepka took a tournament-record seven-shot lead into the final round at Bethpage and was still six clear with eight to play, only to bogey four holes in succession and see Dustin Johnson close to within a single shot.

By this stage, the raucous New York crowd were firmly on Johnson’s side and were chanting ‘DJ, DJ’ as Koepka bogeyed the 14th, but Johnson would drop shots on the 16th and 17th to leave Koepka to seal a hard-fought victory.

Brooks Koepka says he was inspired by fans cheering for Dustin Johnson as he held his nerve to claim back-to-back US PGA Championship titles
Brooks Koepka says he was inspired by fans cheering for Dustin Johnson as he held his nerve to claim back-to-back US PGA Championship titles

Read more here.

Leave a Reply

Add a comment