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Brooks Koepka: 2018 PGA Champion

The final major of 2018 is officially in the books with Brooks Koepka magnificently sealing a hat-trick of major wins - and a second in 2018 - by capturing the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri.

Holding off a stunning Tiger Woods charge in the process, the 28-year-old looked calmness personified as he went about his business, keeping his nerve admirably as raucous crowds cheered every shot from his fourteen-time major winning rival.

The win sees the Floridian rise to world-number-two in the Official World Golf Rankings, while he joins Jordan Spieth as a triple major champion and, if current form is anything to go by, is the more likely of the two superstars to grab a fourth - though Spieth is three years his junior.

Both men are part of an exclusive club of only five Americans to have won three majors before the age of 30.

How The Wanamaker Was Won

Earlier this year when Koepka was troubled by a wrist injury there were a few murmurings about the 2017 U.S. Open champion's tournament winning prospects in 2018 and it would take until May for a competitive ball to be hit in anger at the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina.

Those doubts were put firmly to bed the very next month at Shinnecock Hills where he would successfully defend his U.S. Open title, and he would arrive last week in Missouri as one of a select few golfers who had solid form heading into the tournament.

Catch Brooks' U.S. Open victory press conference below:

This good play carried over and he looked a constant contender throughout his four days at this year's PGA Championship. Any time a golfer manages to post a record-equalling 18-hole score at a major and underlines this with three other under-par rounds, they're pretty sure going to be in the mix.

The second round 63 was, of course, the lowest of the four scores posted by this year's champion, but the way he put together a solid final 18 holes when many players in behind were applying spade loads of pressure (including Tiger) was impressive.

Catch the highlights from a pretty flawless final round below:

Stalked by Tiger

When the two men were separately announced to the awaiting gallery around Bellerive's closing hole, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Tiger Woods had picked up a 15th major title rather than coming up two shots shy of the champion's -16 winning total.

The profile of the golfer many view as the GOAT is so high that as Koepka was piecing together a magnificent final round 66, the roars from nearby fairways were threatening indicators of the mere touching distance that at one point separated them. That arguably makes Koepka's achievement all the more impressive.

Woods managed a rollercoaster ride of a closing round 64 and, given that he could barely keep the ball in play off the tee, that was in itself somewhat of a monumental achievement.

Catch the highlights of Tiger's impressive final round below:

Brooks Koepka - What's in the Bag

Are you wondering what equipment Koepka had in the bag during his PGA Championship win? Here's the weaponry that shot him to victory...

Driver: TaylorMade M3
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3-iron) Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Catch a WITB discussion from PGA Tour pro James Richardson:

What are your abiding memories of this year's PGA Championship (that's assuming you managed to watch it)? Let us know below...

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