MEMPHIS – What loomed as a blockbuster bout between two four-time major champions ended up a technical knockout as Brooks Koepka floored Rory McIlroy on the way to a three-stroke victory at the WGC-St. Jude Invitational in Memphis on Sunday.
Koepka had McIlroy reeling with early blows in the final round and never eased up on his out-of-sorts rival at TPC Southwind as he underlined his world number one status.
The American sank a series of clutch putts and carded a five-under 65 for his first victory in the World Golf Championships series.
“I've been playing so well as of late and everything just kind of comes if you let it happen and stay patient,” said Koepka.
After starting the final round a stroke behind McIlroy, Koepka finished at 16-under 264, notching his third PGA Tour victory outside the majors.
On top of the $1.745 million winner's cheque, he also picked up a $2 million bonus as winner of the regular season points race.
It was the first time Koepka and McIlroy had been paired in a final round, raising hopes of a day-long duel.