Congrats Koepka, and congrats Grizzly winner(s)!

By |  August 16, 2018 0 Comments

Thank you, PGA Championship. Sunday at Bellerive was a blast to watch!

Tiger was charging from the moment he arrived at Bellerive with his hat on backwards (something I saw one other time at Bellerive, by a course employee, and it warranted a scolding from Carlos Arraya… after all, this is Bellerive!) Adam Scott looked dialed in and ready to win with birdies on 10, 12 and 13. And of course the golf course looked immaculate (great work, maintenance team!)

But no one looked better than Brooks Koepka, smashing drives right down the middle and dropping two big birdies on No. 15 and No. 16, never looking back.

Back-to-back U.S. Opens? Two majors in the same season?

The Masters and the Open Championship are on alert.

Brooks Koepka, winner of the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, poses with the grounds crew. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

Brooks Koepka, winner of the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, poses with the grounds crew. (Photo: Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)


But there were more winners beyond Koepka and the maintenance crew. There are also the winners of the Golfdom PGA Championship contests, sponsored by our friends at John Deere!

The PGA Championship “pick the winner + score” contest became what I believe to be our biggest contest ever, with more than 270 people entering picks. The grand prize: a John Deere-themed 40-quart Grizzly cooler (retail value: $400.)

And wouldn’t you know it… we had a tie! Miles Carson (via Facebook) and Seth Smith (via Twitter) both predicted Brooks Koepka would win… and both came real close to nailing it right on the number when they guessed the winning score at 15-under (Koepka carded 16-under, a PGA Championship record by a stroke.) Overall 14 people picked Koepka, but only Miles and Seth were within one stroke of the correct score.

John Deere branded grizzly cooler | Photo: Golfdom staff

Two Golfdom fans have won the top prize: a fine John Deere branded Grizzly cooler. (Photo: Golfdom staff)

So what do we do? A tie breaker? Make these guys duke it out over the results of the Wyndham Championship?

No. John Deere has graciously provided a second cooler to give away. So congrats Miles and Seth — you’re both getting Grizzly coolers!

And while we’re at it, let’s give away the rest of our PGA Championship gear, to a couple contest winners and a few randomly selected awesome people who were interacting with us on social media during the tournament. They are:

Justen Patterson (Caption contest winner)
Wally Gresham (Caption contest winner)
@Seeds_McGrass (Favorite Deere machine question winner)
Devon Carroll (Favorite Deere machine question winner)
Mason Whitehead, CGCS (Favorite Deere machine question winner)
Greg Hollins (Favorite Deere machine question winner)
Laura B. (Favorite Deere machine question winner)
Rob Uzar (Shout-out to a volunteer)
David McAlpine (picked Koepka at -14, so close!)
Ty Marshall (picked Koepka at -13, worthy of a PGA Championship hat)

If you’re one of the winners listed, please DM your mailing address on Twitter or Facebook. Or email Seth Jones ( or Abby Hart (

Thanks to everyone who followed along with us on Twitter and Facebook! We’ll see you out on the golf course, hopefully soon, hopefully in your PGA Championship gear!

Logo provided by John Deere

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About the Author: Seth Jones

Seth Jones, a 25-year veteran of the golf industry media, is Editor-in-Chief of Golfdom magazine and Athletic Turf. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Jones began working for Golf Course Management in 1999 as an intern. In his professional career he has won numerous awards, including a Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) first place general feature writing award for his profile of World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman and a TOCA first place photography award for his work covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In his career, Jones has accumulated an impressive list of interviews, including such names as George H.W. Bush, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Armstrong and Charles Barkley. Jones has also done in-depth interviews with such golfing luminaries as Norman, Gary Player, Nick Price and Lorena Ochoa, to name only a few. Jones is a member of both the Golf Writers Association of America and the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association. Jones can be reached at

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