KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Brooks Koepka had already misplaced the golf match. Now, he was attempting to protect his surgically repaired knee.
As mayhem ensued on the 72nd hole Sunday, and with security dropping administration of the tons as 1000’s of spectators stormed the 18th fairway celebrating Phil Mickelson’s historic victory, Koepka was misplaced inside the mob alongside alongside together with his caddie, Rickie Elliott, for various moments sooner than lastly breaking out of the pack to safety.
“It might have been cool if I didn’t have a knee hurt and obtained dinged a few situations inside the knee in that crowd because of no one really gave a s–t,’’ Koepka talked about afterward. “Yeah, it’s cool for Phil, nevertheless getting dinged a few situations isn’t exactly my idea of pleasurable. I was attempting to protect my knee.’’
The runner-up finish for Louis Oosthuizen was his sixth profession second-place in a critical championship. Oosthuizen, who obtained the 2010 British Open, accomplished tied with Koepka at 4-under par, two footage behind Mickelson.
“Look, I actually really feel like I’m collaborating in my coronary coronary heart out to get a second predominant, and I do know I’ve the game to do it,’’ he talked about. “This was shut. My recreation wasn’t good on the weekend. I merely should work more durable on it to get myself in rivalry as soon as extra. One other second place, I’ve obtained to take it. However I actually really feel like I could have perhaps [gotten] two or three further footage out of my recreation.’’
Oosthuizen, who began the day two footage behind Mickelson, talked about of chasing him, “I tried to be as aggressive as I could with out doing foolish points.’’
Rory McIlroy didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. He sensed expectations developing for him as this week approached because of he was coming off a win on the Wells Fargo two weeks sooner than and he, too, obtained the PGA when it was ultimate at Kiawah Island in 2012.
His week ended up being completely disappointing, 5-over par, after he shot an even-par 72 Sunday. He talked about afterward that he felt like he was “merely sort of caught in neutral.’’
“I didn’t understand these extreme expectations,’’ McIlroy talked about. “It was good to get a win at Quail Hole, a course that I’ve always carried out correctly on and am cosy on. However I discussed to you [reporters] on Tuesday I didn’t keep in mind quite a lot of 2012. For irrespective of trigger, it merely wasn’t a extremely memorable week in some methods.
“I didn’t actually really feel like collaborating in correctly proper right here 9 years up to now was going to routinely make me play correctly as soon as extra, and I felt like coming in proper right here there have been nonetheless parts of my recreation that I wished to sharpen up. Clearly, these parts had been uncovered this week inside the wind and on a difficult course.’’
Defending PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who obtained at Harding Park ultimate August, had a relatively quiet week attempting to retain the Wanamaker Trophy, nevertheless he accomplished sturdy with a final-round, 4-under-par 68 Sunday to finish 1-under for the week. The 68 adopted rounds of 75 and 74.
“I look once more, and I nearly forgot about Friday and Saturday,’’ Morikawa talked about. “It form of sucks that these two days I carried out like that, nevertheless that’s golf, and likewise you form of examine. Nevertheless it’s always good to finish on a 68 in a critical and easily form of use that momentum for the rest of the summer season season.’’
Morikawa conceded that he felt “a bit extra weight’’ being the defending champion.
“Individuals must take the trophy from you,’’ he talked about. “I benefit from being in that place. That you must be in these positions because of it reveals that you just’ve succeeded, you’ve carried out correctly the earlier yr someplace, at that course or whether or not or not it’s at a definite course. So, I hope to take care of defending. I hope to have further title defenses and all this stuff because of it merely means you’re doing one factor good.’’
The collaborating in opponents between Ryder Cup captains went to Europe’s Padraig Harrington, who had a strong week, ending 2-under par for the week after closing with a 3-under-par 69 Sunday.
Steve Stricker, the U.S. captain, accomplished 4-over for the week.
“I’m very fully joyful that I felt like I competed on a stage with all individuals else this week,’’ Harrington talked about. “Bodily, tee-to-green, I carried out very correctly in the midst of the week. At 49 years of age, you don’t must go available on the market and actually really feel comparable to you’re giving one thing up.’’
Harrington generally known as Sunday’s final spherical “perhaps my most gratifying spherical of golf I’ve had on the golf course in a really very long time. For within the current day on the very least, I’m once more to being a golfer.’’
Harry Higgs, collaborating in in his first profession predominant championship, accomplished tied for fourth at 2-under par for the week, and that licensed him for the 2022 Masters.