Portrush caddy Ricky Elliott has helped Brooks Koepka to his third main title in two seasons.
The duo secured an exhilarating US PGA Championship success at Bellerive after a powerful efficiency to struggle off the problem of Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.
Koepka, with Elliott on the bag, gained the 2017 and 2018 US Open titles and has now added one other main title.
The pair needed to battle to do it. Woods carded a closing spherical 64 to achieve -14 for the week however even that wasn’t sufficient to reel within the in-form Koepka, who made six birdies on his technique to a four-under-par spherical to win by two from Woods and three from playing-partner Scott.
It is one other profitable success for Elliott, who will pocket round $198ok (£155ok), 10% of Koepka’s $1.98m (£1.55m) prize.
Koepka started the day on -12, two away from the chasing pack and 4 forward of Tiger. After a gap birdie, back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth gave hope to the remainder.
Nevertheless, Elliott and his man quickly bought again into the driving seat, boarding the birdie prepare on the seventh, eighth and ninth.
The end, too, was sturdy with additional birdies at 15 and 16 to make sure he would not be caught.
Koepka turns into the fifth participant to win the US Open and the US PGA in the identical season, following Gene Sarazan, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Elliott (41) has been on the bag for Koepka for the final six years.
Now primarily based in Florida, he was a profitable novice participant in his youth, successful the Ulster Boys’ and Ulster Youths’ Championships.
He nonetheless frequents the hyperlinks at Royal Portrush Golf Membership, the place he performed as a boy. His mother and father Pat and Martha nonetheless dwell within the city and his brother Peter owns a golf store in Coleraine.
In the meantime, Rory McIlroy completed the week on -2 in a tie for 50th place. McIlroy had been -Three after two rounds however a disappointing one over par 71 on Saturday ended his probabilities of success, adopted up by a stage par closing spherical.
The very best positioned Irishman was Shane Lowry, whose even par spherical left him on -Eight for the week in a tie for 13th.
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