KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Brooks Koepka had already misplaced the golf match. Now, he was making an attempt to guard his surgically repaired knee.
As mayhem ensued on the 72nd gap Sunday, and with safety shedding management of the plenty as 1000’s of spectators stormed the 18th fairway celebrating Phil Mickelson’s historic victory, Koepka was misplaced within the mob alongside together with his caddie, Rickie Elliott, for a number of moments earlier than lastly breaking out of the pack to security.
“It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee damage and bought dinged just a few occasions within the knee in that crowd as a result of nobody actually gave a s–t,’’ Koepka mentioned afterward. “Yeah, it’s cool for Phil, however getting dinged just a few occasions isn’t precisely my concept of enjoyable. I used to be making an attempt to guard my knee.’’
The runner-up end for Louis Oosthuizen was his sixth profession second-place in a serious championship. Oosthuizen, who received the 2010 British Open, completed tied with Koepka at 4-under par, two pictures behind Mickelson.
“Look, I really feel like I’m enjoying my coronary heart out to get a second main, and I do know I’ve the sport to do it,’’ he mentioned. “This was shut. My sport wasn’t nice on the weekend. I simply must work tougher on it to get myself in rivalry once more. Another second place, I’ve bought to take it. But I really feel like I may have most likely [gotten] two or three extra pictures out of my sport.’’
Oosthuizen, who started the day two pictures behind Mickelson, mentioned of chasing him, “I attempted to be as aggressive as I may with out doing silly issues.’’
Rory McIlroy didn’t perceive what all of the fuss was about. He sensed expectations constructing for him as this week approached as a result of he was coming off a win on the Wells Fargo two weeks earlier than and he, too, received the PGA when it was final at Kiawah Island in 2012.
His week ended up being totally disappointing, 5-over par, after he shot an even-par 72 Sunday. He mentioned afterward that he felt like he was “simply type of caught in impartial.’’
“I didn’t perceive these excessive expectations,’’ McIlroy mentioned. “It was good to get a win at Quail Hollow, a course that I’ve at all times performed nicely on and am snug on. But I mentioned to you [reporters] on Tuesday I didn’t keep in mind a lot of 2012. For no matter cause, it simply wasn’t a really memorable week in some ways.
“I didn’t really feel like enjoying nicely right here 9 years in the past was going to routinely make me play nicely once more, and I felt like coming in right here there have been nonetheless components of my sport that I wanted to sharpen up. Obviously, these components have been uncovered this week within the wind and on a tricky course.’’
Defending PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who received at Harding Park final August, had a comparatively quiet week making an attempt to retain the Wanamaker Trophy, however he completed sturdy with a final-round, 4-under-par 68 Sunday to complete 1-under for the week. The 68 adopted rounds of 75 and 74.
“I look again, and I just about forgot about Friday and Saturday,’’ Morikawa mentioned. “It sort of sucks that these two days I performed like that, however that’s golf, and also you sort of study. But it’s at all times good to complete on a 68 in a serious and simply sort of use that momentum for the remainder of the summer season.’’
Morikawa conceded that he felt “just a little additional weight’’ being the defending champion.
“People need to take the trophy from you,’’ he mentioned. “I take pleasure in being in that place. You need to be in these positions as a result of it reveals that you simply’ve succeeded, you’ve performed nicely the previous yr someplace, at that course or whether or not it’s at a special course. So, I hope to maintain defending. I hope to have extra title defenses and all these things as a result of it simply means you’re doing one thing nice.’’
The enjoying competitors between Ryder Cup captains went to Europe’s Padraig Harrington, who had a robust week, ending 2-under par for the week after closing with a 3-under-par 69 Sunday.
Steve Stricker, the U.S. captain, completed 4-over for the week.
“I’m very joyful that I felt like I competed on a degree with all people else this week,’’ Harrington mentioned. “Physically, tee-to-green, I performed very nicely in the course of the week. At 49 years of age, you don’t need to go on the market and really feel such as you’re giving something up.’’
Harrington referred to as Sunday’s closing spherical “most likely my most fulfilling spherical of golf I’ve had on the golf course in a very long time. For immediately not less than, I’m again to being a golfer.’’
Harry Higgs, enjoying in his first profession main championship, completed tied for fourth at 2-under par for the week, and that certified him for the 2022 Masters.