Rising golf star Brooks Koepka on Sunday afternoon claimed his third major golf title since the start of 2017, winning the 2018 PGA Championship by shooting a 264 (-16) over 72 holes.
He edged out Tiger Woods by two strokes for the win, took home $1.98 million for the victory, and even received praise from President Donald Trump via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Brooks Koepka just won his third Golf Major, and he did it not only with his powerful game, but with his powerful mind. He has been a man of steel on the Tour and will have many Victories, including Majors, ahead of him. Congrats to Brooks and his great team on a job well done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
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“Brooks Koepka just won his third Golf Major, and he did it not only with his powerful game, but with his powerful mind,” Trump wrote.
“He has been a man of steel on the Tour and will have many Victories, including Majors, ahead of him. Congrats to Brooks and his great team on a job well done!”
Koepka, 28, became only the fifth golfer to win both the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same year and the first since 2000, when Woods achieved that feat; earlier in the year, Koepka also become the first golfer to win back-to-back U.S. Opens since Curtis Strange did the same (1988 and 1989).
Strange praised Koepka back in June and said that because of his talent, he is capable of winning three straight U.S. Opens, according to Golf Magazine.
Koepka was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida; President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf course is located, of course, in Palm Beach. That said, perhaps there is potential for the two to go golfing together there at some point in the future.
After all, Trump is an avid golfer. He shot a 68 (-4) at one of his courses back in October, as Golf Digest reported.
Perhaps Koepka might have such an opportunity in the near future.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.