Entering Sunday’s final round with a lead at the 2023 PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka hung on for a victory at Oak Hill Country Club to take home the fifth major of his career, and his third Wanamaker Trophy.
Koepka found himself in a similar situation at the 2023 Masters, neck-and-neck with Jon Rahm toward the end on Sunday, but ended up finishing T2 alongside fellow LIV member Phil Mickelson after a challenging final round. Before today, a LIV golfer has never won a major championship while actively a member of the LIV Golf Tour.
Koepka has won five majors in his career, and plenty of LIV members including Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson also grabbed major wins. However, those wins were while they were all still members of the PGA TOUR before they chose to defect to the Saudi-funded startup league. Koepka becomes the first active LIV player to take home a major.
LIV Golf tournaments last just three days and 54 holes, while major tournaments reflect the worldwide standard of four days and 72 holes. The win also means 100 Official World Golf Rankings points for Koepka, as well as a five-year exemption into the other three majors. He’d also have received 600 PGA TOUR FedEx Cup points if he was eligible, which would be enough to qualify him for the FedEx Cup, but he and all LIV members are not allowed to participate in PGA TOUR events.