Michael Block caps fairytale run with hole in one as LIV rebel Brooks Koepka takes crown
“This is incredible. This is wild,” Koepka said. “I look back at where we were two years ago, everything that has gone on. I’m just so happy right now. I’m kind of at a loss for words.
“This is just the coolest thing.”
Australian Cam Davis and American Kurt Kitayama both equalled the low round of the championship with 65s to share fourth at three under, with former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau (70), and secure tickets to next year’s Masters.
“Every time you have a really good round under tough conditions, it’s just another little positive voice in the back of your head that, ‘Yeah, I can do this, even when it’s difficult’,” Davis said.
“Even when the rough is really deep and the pins are tight and firming up quick, you can still play really good golf and make a score, especially toward the end of a major.
“That’s where I want to be. I’d love to win one or more of these for sure. This is just one more step towards that goal.”
Countryman Cameron Smith, the reigning British Open champion, also took advantage of perfect scoring conditions with a 65 to finish ninth, his first PGA Championship top 10.
In another glimpse of what the PGA Tour has been missing since his defection to LIV Golf, Smith collected seven birdies and made a clutch 14-foot par putt at the last to ensure the world No.8 finished in red numbers at one under.
“The goal today was to get back in the red and just kind of see what happens,” Smith said.
“Obviously, the course softened up yesterday with all that rain, and the fairways were holding up a little bit more rather than running off into the rough.
“The greens were quite receptive, too. It was definitely a gettable golf course.”
After starting his round as the leading Australian, Min Woo Lee’s final-day 71 left him at two over and equal 18th.
Adam Scott closed with a 69 to finish his 87th consecutive major championship at five over par, one shot better than Lucas Herbert, who had a final round of 70.