World No. 1 Brooks Koepka overtook Rory McIlroy early and then cruised to the finish on Sunday at TPC Southwind, winning by three shots at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tenn.
Paired with McIlroy and trailing by one entering the day, Koepka shot bogey-free, 5-under 65 to finish at 16-under 264 for the tournament. It was Koepka’s seventh career PGA Tour victory, including his third this season, and also marked his first WGC title.
Koepka had come close before at TPC Southwind, tying for third in 2015 and second in 2016 at the St. Jude Classic. He had also threatened for other wins in recent events, taking second at the U.S. Open in June and tying for fourth at The Open Championship last week.
With the victory, he collected 550 FedExCup points, extending his lead to 572 points over McIlroy (2,887 to 2,315).
Webb Simpson (who shot 64) claimed second alone at 13 under, with Australia’s Marc Leishman (67) in third at 12 under.
Langer prevails at Senior British Open
German Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to take a two-stroke victory at the Senior British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in England.
The victory was Langer’s fourth at the Senior British Open and his 11th major on the Champions tour. He finished the tournament at 6-under 274.
Langer, 61, carded six birdies through the first 14 holes. He dropped two strokes over the final four holes but did enough to overtake England’s Paul Broadhurst, the third-round leader whose one-over 71 left him two strokes back.
Ko triumphs at LPGA tournament
South Korea’s Jin Young Ko took advantage of a triple bogey by third-round leader Hyo Joo Kim on the 14th hole to win the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France.
Ko finished with five birdies and just one bogey as she shot 4-under 67 to win by two strokes at 15 under. Ko is expected to rise from No. 2 to the top spot in the Rolex rankings with the victory.
It’s her fifth career victory and third this season. She won the ANA Inspiration in April for her first major title.
American Jennifer Kupcho shot a Sunday-best 5-under 66 to finish in a tie for second with Kim and China’s Shanshan Feng, who shot 3-under 68 for the second straight round.