Brooks Koepka barely got an ovation on his victory walk Sunday up toward the 18th green. That’s probably because the overflowing galleries at Bellerive Country Club were too drained from giving all of their adulation at the 100th PGA Championship to the rock star runner-up, Tiger Woods.

The Tiger roars, especially after he made a birdie at the final hole to get within two shots of Koepka, were deafening. He shot a final-round 64, his best score ever at any major. Though Woods never actually held the lead -- briefly getting within one shot after dropping a birdie putt at the par-3 13th -- the crowds reacted as if no other golfer existed.

Even when Koepka accepted the Wanamaker Trophy, he received only polite applause despite showing remarkable resiliency any time Woods, Adam Scott and Justin Thomas threatened his lead or took it from him.

Sure, Tiger moves the television needle and spikes ratings more than any other player. But you have to admire how Koepka, a Florida State product, showed remarkable poise under pressure and never flinched when things didn’t go his way.

Despite bogeys at the fifth and sixth holes to make it a wide open race, then missing three consecutive birdie putts inside 12 feet on the back nine, Koepka regained control with birdies at No. 15 and 16 to pull away from Scott and hold off Woods.

But here’s the amazing part: this was Koepka’s third major victory in his last six attempts, adding to his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. He also has seven top-10 finishes in his last 12 majors.

Yet in 80 other PGA Tour starts, Koepka has only one victory, coming at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. It’s one of the most bizarre statistical anomalies in golf, something Koepka has a hard time explaining.

“I don’t have an answer for it,” Koepka said after his final-round 66. “I don’t know what it is. I need to take it over to regular PGA Tour events. For some reason, the majors get my attention.”

Koepka, who was forced to skip this year’s Masters because of a wrist injury, is now in exalted company. He joins Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Woods – four of the game’s greatest players – as the only golfers to win a U.S. Open and a PGA in the same year. He’s also the only player besides Nicklaus, Woods, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy to win three majors by age 28.

Still, nearly all the buzz at the PGA Championship revolved around Woods, who showed he might well be on the verge of winning his first tournament since 2013 and will likely be the favorite at next year’s Masters.

The sad part is Tiger practically made an afterthought of Brooks Koepka, who deserved a few roars of his own.

 

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