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PGA Championship review: Brooks Koepka lands fifth career Major title

After four days of pulsating action at Oak Hill Country Club, Brooks Koepka came out on top to claim a two-shot victory at the 2023 PGA Championship to seal his fifth Major title.

For the second successive Major, Koepka went into the final round holding the lead. However, unlike at last month's Masters when he threw away a two-shot advantage on the final day, the American was able to hold on to his place at the top of the leaderboard, signing for a 67 to finish two shots clear of Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland on nine-under. 

The victory was not only Koepka's fifth Major success, but it was also his third victory at the PGA Championship following on from his triumphs in 2018 and 2019.

A hat-trick of PGA titles for Koepka and a first for LIV

After going so close to landing a first Masters title at Augusta in April, the pressure was once again on Koepka heading into his final round, as he was both holding a narrow advantage and being chased down by some of the world's best players. 

However, the ice-cool American showed no signs of nerves as he birdied three of his opening four holes and was then able to recover from bogies at six and seven, seeing out the remainder of his round to finish on nine-under for the tournament. 

The 33-year-old's victory was his third PGA Championship success and his fifth major overall, drawing him level with the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Peter Thomson on the all-time list. 

Koepka's win was made all the more remarkable as it was also his first major success since undergoing extensive knee surgery two years ago, although despite this, his victory was not necessarily the most popular one with the fans due to his association with LIV Golf. 

The Florida native has become the first LIV Golf player to win a major title with this victory and that was not lost on some of the supporters at Oak Hill, who roundly booed him when he stood on the first tee ahead of his third round on Saturday. 

However, there is no doubt that Koepka merited his victory and he is 12/1 to add a sixth major title to his collection at next month's US Open, while he is 7/1 to follow up his PGA success by winning this week's LIV Golf event in Washington, D.C. 

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Scheffler returns to world No.1

There was a high-class field aiming to hunt Koepka down on the final day and 2022 Masters champion Scheffler perhaps put up the biggest fight, carding a closing 65 to finish on seven-under. 

While that was not quite enough to land the 26-year-old his second major title, finishing joint-second was enough to move him back to the top of the world rankings at the expense of Jon Rahm, who could only finish joint-50th in New York. 

Scheffler has now finished in the top two in three of the four majors and he is 10/3 to win either the US Open or the Open Championship this year, both of which will be available to follow on bet365's Live Golf Tracker.  

World number six Hovland finished alongside Scheffler on seven-under after he signed for a final round of 68. The Norwegian is still awaiting his first major title and is 14/1 to end that wait in 2023.  

The likes of Bryson DeChambeau (T4), Rory McIlroy (T7), Cameron Smith (T9) and Justin Rose (T9) also finished in the top 10. For McIlroy, it was another near miss and he is now 4/1 to win his first Major since 2014 this year. 

Block caps memorable week with an ace

Nobody outside of Oak Hill had really heard of Michael Block before this week, with the 46-year-old being one of 20 club professionals competing at the championship, but he was the only one to make the cut. 

Not only that, but Block finished in a tie for 15th on one-over after signing for a final round of 71, while he had the honour of playing his closing 18 holes alongside McIlroy. 

However, the most memorable moment for Block came at the 151-yard par-three 15th on Sunday when he produced an astonishing hole-in-one, turning to McIlroy in the process to ask "Rory, did it go in?" before the two embraced. 

Block's ace was the first at the PGA Championship since 2020, and by finishing in a tie for 15th, he also now holds an exemption to feature in next year's tournament at Valhalla.

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