Brooks Koepka lists Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson among biggest competition at PGA Championship

Defending PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka has his eye on several of his peers heading into the 2019 tournament, which begins on May 16. 

A crowded and talented field at the Masters in April saw Koepka finish tied for second place with Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, just one stroke behind Tiger Woods, who emerged victorious for his first major win in 11 years. 

Koepka listed all three of those golfers as his main competition as he heads to Bethpage Black in New York to defend his PGA Championship title. 

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"Tiger's playing well, Xander's playing well, Dustin's playing well," he told AOL.com on behalf of Michelob ULTRA. "There's a lot of guys who are right in that mix. Those guys played well at Augusta and they've been playing well for a while."

The golfers' success at the Masters, Koepka said, is crucial now that the PGA Championship has been moved from August up to May, just over a month after the stars competed at Augusta. 

"The move to May makes it so if you get hot, you can rattle off a couple of good events in the majors and have a good chance to win," he said. 

Getting hot and staying hot is something Koepka is trying to do himself. He's spending the last weekend before the PGA Championship in Dallas, Texas, competing in the AT&T Byron Nelson. Koepka says he actually prefers to play the week before a major so he's able to get into his rhythm and build on his routine.  

Look back at Koepka's 2018 PGA Championship win: 

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ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka of the USA celebrates with the winners trophy on the 18th green after winning the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Golf & Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka of the USA during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Golf & Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Composite image of individual images available separately) Brooks Koepka of the United States plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka lines up his putt on the #1 green during the final round of the PGA Championship on August 12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - August 12: Brooks Koepka of the US hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the final round of the 100th PGA Championship held at Bellerive Golf Club on August 12, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka (USA)waves to the fans on the sixth green during the PGA Championship August 12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka (USA) plays his shot from the sixth tee during the PGA Championship August 12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka of the United States poses with Claude Harmon (L), caddie Ricky Elliott (R), and the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after Koepka won the 2018 PGA Championship with a score of -16 at Bellerive Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka (USA) is congratulated by his girlfriend, Jena Sims, on the 18th green during the PGA Championship August 12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 12: Brooks Koepka (USA) hoists the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning the PGA Championship August 12, 2018, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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