Brooks Koepka had already misplaced the golf match. Now, he was attempting to guard his surgically repaired knee.
As mayhem ensued on the 72nd gap Sunday, and with safety dropping management of the lots 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 injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a s–t,’’ Koepka said afterward. “Yeah, it’s cool for Phil, however getting dinged a few occasions isn’t precisely my thought of enjoyable. I used to be attempting to guard my knee.’’
The runner-up end for Louis Oosthuizen was his sixth profession second-place in a main championship. Oosthuizen, who gained the 2010 British Open, completed tied with Koepka at 4-under par, two photographs behind Mickelson.
“Look, I feel like I’m playing my heart out to get a second major, and I do know I have the game to do it,’’ he said. “This was shut. My recreation wasn’t nice on the weekend. I simply have to work tougher on it to get myself in rivalry once more. Another second place, I’ve acquired to take it. But I really feel like I may have in all probability [gotten] two or three extra photographs out of my recreation.’’
Oosthuizen, who started the day two photographs behind Mickelson, mentioned of chasing him, “I tried to be as aggressive as I could without doing stupid things.’’
Rory McIlroy didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. He sensed expectations building for him as this week approached because he was coming off a win at the Wells Fargo two weeks before and he, too, won the PGA when it was last at Kiawah Island in 2012.
His week ended up being thoroughly disappointing, 5-over par after he shot an even-par 72 Sunday. He said afterward that he felt like he was “simply type of caught in impartial.’’
“I didn’t understand those high expectations,’’ McIlroy said. “It was good to get a win at Quail Hollow, a course that I’ve all the time performed properly on and am comfy on. But I mentioned to you [reporters] on Tuesday I didn’t keep in mind a lot of 2012. For no matter purpose, it simply wasn’t a very memorable week in some ways.
“I didn’t feel like playing well here nine years ago was going to automatically make me play well again, and I felt like coming in here there were still parts of my game that I needed to sharpen up. Obviously, those parts were exposed this week in the wind and on a tough course.’’
Defending PGA champion Collin Morikawa, who won at Harding Park last August, had a relatively quiet week trying to retain the Wanamaker Trophy, but he finished strong with a final-round, 4-under-par 68 Sunday to finish 1-under for the week. The 68 followed rounds of 75 and 74.
“I look again, and I just about forgot about Friday and Saturday,’’ Morikawa mentioned. “It kind of sucks that those two days I played like that, but that’s golf, and you kind of learn. But it’s always nice to finish on a 68 in a major and just kind of use that momentum for the rest of the summer.’’
Morikawa conceded that he felt “a little further weight’’ being the defending champion.
“People want to take the trophy from you,’’ he said. “I take pleasure in being in that place. You wish to be in these positions as a result of it reveals that you just’ve succeeded, you’ve performed properly the previous 12 months someplace, at that course or whether or not it’s at a totally different 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 sturdy 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 happy that I felt like I competed on a level with everybody else this week,’’ Harrington said. “Physically, tee-to-green, I performed very properly in the course of the week. At 49 years of age, you don’t wish to go on the market and really feel such as you’re giving something up.’’
Harrington referred to as Sunday’s ultimate spherical “probably my most enjoyable round of golf I’ve had on the golf course in a long time. For today at least, I’m back 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.