Updated: May 24
What. A. Weekend.
The PGA Championship at Oak Hill is now behind us, and if you ask me, that was perhaps one of the best tournaments I have ever witnessed. From Brooks Koepka's outstanding win, to Michael Block's unprecedented surge, let's unpack some key takeaways from this past weekend.
Brooks Koepka PGA Championship 2023, Wall Street Journal
Let's talk about the man of the hour, the winner, Brooks. Koepka played unbelievably well. Not a great Thursday for the kid, but man, does he love winning in New York. Koepka posted a 72 on Thursday, then back-to-back 66’s, and finally a 67 for the win on Sunday. Koepka has been playing extremely well this year. He finished 1st in the LIV Invitational in Orlando this April, tied for 2nd in the Masters, 3rd in the Singapore invitational, and now has won his 5th Major at the PGA Championship.
Here is the 2023 PGA Championship Payout via USA Today:
Brooks Koepka ($3.15 Million)
Scottie Scheffler ($1.54 Million)
Viktor Hovland ($1.54 Million)
Cam Davis ($720,000)
Kurt Kitayama ($720,000)
Bryson DeChambeau ($720,000)
Sepp Straka ($555,000)
Rory Mcllroy ($555,000
Cam Smith ($465,000)
Patrick Cantlay ($465,000)
Koepka is the best golfer of our generation, no questions asked. He just won his 5th Major, which puts him higher than anyone within the current field. Brooks has also now won 3 PGA Championships, and there are only two other guys who have accomplished that feat…Jack and Tiger.
Aside from Koepka, the other top story from the weekend was no doubt Michael Block, the PGA Pro at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. With a Top 20 finish, Block turned the tournament into a block party.
Block’s weekend was finalized with a last push, when he stepped up to the hole at the 15th. The swing, Nantz' call, and the crowd reaction makes this a fairytale moment.
All in all, it was an unreal atmosphere for an unreal tournament. Let's go Brooksie!