It was a day where just 11 players finished under par as the wind arrived at Bethpage Black, and even Brooks Koepka wasn't able to withstand the back-nine as he was left reeling after four bogeys in a row from the 11th while being chased down by Dustin Johnson.
"I'm glad I've got this thing sitting next to me", Koepka said afterward, with the Wanamaker Trophy.
The top six were the only golfers to finish the tournament under par at the brutal Black Course, which was made even harder on the final day with the wind gusting up to 35mph.
"I'm just glad we didn't have to play any more holes" Koepka added.
"That was a stressful round of golf", Koepka said.
Yet recover he did, with a little help from Johnson - who dropped two shots on the last three holes - and managed to grind out a two-shot victory to go wire to wire for his fourth major title. "DJ!" as Koepka was playing the hole. "He did a great job putting pressure on me, making me play some solid golf down the stretch".
"This one's definitely at the top of the list in how emotionally spent I am and how mentally spent I am", Koepka said.
The muscled Floridan is the first player to win his first four majors inside two years and the first in history to win two back-to-back majors concurrently after also landing consecutive US Opens in 2017 and 2018.
"This is unbelievable", Koepka said.
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He's destroying everything in his path. "The pace he was generating was incredible and it seemed like he never got exhausted ". He said: "We missed some shots". "We had awesome contributions off the bench, every single guy came in and made an impact".
Although Koepka's finish wasn't as smooth as his start, he was still able to hold on to his lead from Thursday through the 18th hole on Sunday. That kept Johnson from joining his close friend in the final group. I feel excited, " he said, and only the last part was hard to believe because Koepka doesn't show much excitement about anything.
Koepka began the final round with a PGA record seven-stroke lead and saw it shrink to a single shot.
Instead, he completed a career "runner-up" Grand Slam, having placed second at the 2011 British Open, 2015 US Open and last month's Masters. "So I mean, it's definitely one of the tougher days we've played in. I gave myself a chance", Johnson said. Moments after Koepka's bogey streak reached four holes, Johnson gave a stroke back with a bogey at No. 16 and then another on the next hole, when he missed the green on the par-3 17th.
Rowdier elements of the already raucous NY crowd chanted "DJ, DJ" at Koepka as they sensed late sport in the bearpit of Bethpage Black.
If you're wondering about Koepka's history at The Open Championship - the major he has struggled in the most since his major run - well, he finished in an underwhelming tie for 39th previous year, but has two top finishes, including a tie for sixth in 2017. ". Obviously I knew starting seven back that it was going to be a big feat to catch Brooks". Pars at 15 and 16 were followed by a three-putt bogey at 17 for Koepka before he made a brilliant par after a poor drive on 18 to win by two.
Four bogeys in a row on the back nine, five in seven holes.
"This makes me cringe for so many reasons", one wrote. "It's the best I hit it all week for sure".