Koepka Returns To World No. 1 After Fourth Major Title

Brooks Koepka of the United States reacts after putting in to win on the 18th green during the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 19, 2019, in Farmingdale, New York. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP


Brooks Koepka returned to the top of the world rankings on Monday after his nerve-jangling second straight US PGA Championship victory at Bethpage Black.

The 29-year-old American has now won four major titles in his last eight starts and is the first man to ever hold back-to-back titles in two majors at the same time, ahead of his tilt at a third successive US Open crown next month.

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He edged ahead of previous world number one Dustin Johnson at the summit after his compatriot failed to chase him down in New York on Sunday, finishing two strokes adrift, having been seven behind at the start of the final round.

It will be Koepka’s ninth week as the world’s top-ranked player.

Justin Rose slipped down to third due to Koepka’s rise.

World top 20

1. Brooks Koepka (USA)       11.00 average pts (+2)

2. Dustin Johnson (USA)      10.93 (-1)

3. Justin Rose (ENG)          8.75 (-1)

4. Rory McIlroy (NIR)         8.12

5. Justin Thomas (USA)        7.42

6. Tiger Woods (USA)          7.39

7. Francesco Molinari (ITA)   6.98

8. Bryson DeChambeau (USA)    6.71

9. Xander Schauffele (USA)    6.17

10. Rickie Fowler (USA)       5.67

11. Jon Rahm (ESP)            5.52

12. Matt Kuchar (USA)         5.42 (+1)

13. Paul Casey (ENG)          5.34 (-1)

14. Patrick Cantlay (USA)     5.11 (+3)

15. Jason Day (AUS)           4.94 (-1)

16. Tony Finau (USA)          4.78 (-1)

17. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)     4.70 (-1)

18. Bubba Watson (USA)        4.33

19. Webb Simpson (USA)        4.02

20. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)    4.01 (+1)


Golf: Tiger Woods Parts Ways With Coach

Tiger Woods has parted ways with his coach, Sean Foley, after a miserable year beset by injuries and a winless run in major championships.

Woods started officially working with Foley at the 2010 US PGA Championship and, during their four years together, won eight times on the PGA Tour.

The 14-time major champion both gained and lost the world No.1 ranking during that time and did not win another major, amidst struggling with several injuries.

Thirty-eight year old Woods, in a statement on his official website, praised Sean for being an outstanding coach during their years together.

“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship. Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him.

“With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”

Woods added he would not be appointing a replacement any time soon: “Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one.”

Foley also commented in the statement released by Woods, saying: “My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we shared together.

“It was a lifelong ambition of mine to teach the best player of all time in our sport. I am both grateful for the things we had the opportunity to learn from one another, as well as the enduring friendship we have built. I have nothing but respect and admiration for him.”

Woods is currently sidelined with a back injury and his decision to part with Foley comes shortly after he announced he would be taking a four-month sabbatical from the sport in order to recover.

The golf star missed the cut at the PGA Championship this month, a week after withdrawing from the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio, with injury.

He missed the Masters and US Open while recovering from March 31 back surgery, and finished joint 69th at the British Open.