100TH PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: HIGHLIGHTS AND FAST FACTS
Brooks Koepka fired a final round 4 under par 66, good for a 16 under 264 total and a two-stroke margin of victory. His 16 under total ties Henrik Stenson for the lowest 72 hole number in major championship history (2016 Open Championship at Troon). It was a dramatic four days at the year's final major for Adam Scott, who played in the final group and finished solo 3rd, his best performance at a major since winning the 2013 Masters. Scott switched to the new TS3 (10.5) driver the first week it was available at the U.S. Open. The driver paid off all week at the PGA Championship, as Scott averaged over 308 yards off the tee (T18), while also finishing among the Top 20 in Greens in Regulation (T20/73.6%), Scrambling (6/73.7%), Putts Per Greens in Regulation (T15/1.698) and Birdies (T4/20). The lone PGA club professional to make the cut - out of the 20 that participated - was Titleist staff member Ben Kern from Georgetown (TX) Country Club. Kern played the Pro V1 golf ball and a full bag of Titleist equipment at Bellerive CC. He was one of only three players in the field to fire a bogey-free 2nd round enroute to a 3-under par 67. Kern finished at 3-under 277 to finish T42, the best result by a club professional in 13 years. Kern was playing the new TS3 driver, TS2 fairway metal, 718 T-MB 3-iron and Scotty Cameron T5.5M putter for the first time in competition. Statistically he ranked 3rd in Driving Accuracy (80.4%), hitting 45 of 56 fairways and he averaged 299.2 yards off the tee. Webb Simpson earned his way onto the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team by securing the eighth and final qualifying spot. Simpson, who made the cut in all four majors and won the PLAYERS Championship this year, finished T19 this week after firing four consecutive rounds in the 60's. In fact, seven of the eight 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team qualifiers play Titleist golf balls, including the 2018 U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, the 2018 Masters winner, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson.