Koepka holds off Tiger, Scott to win PGA crown

Brooks Koepka is looking for a second major title of the year after winning at June's US OpenMore

Brooks Koepka is looking for a second major title of the year after winning at June's US OpenMore

It was moving day at the PGA Championship and Tiger Woods had his foot on the gas, providing a massive crowd at sweltering Bellerive Country Club with a third round thrill ride as he powered into contention.

In fact, Finau had more birdies than any player in the field for the week and even had two more than victor Brooks Koepka did at this week's major at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

With silence and loud cheers the soundtrack to his day, Woods lipped out on a seven-foot birdie putt on the opening hole but sank a four-footer to birdie the second and one half as long to birdie the par-3 third.

He has not made a putt of longer than 17 feet over three days, and has only made five putts of more than 10 feet all week.

A 12-under 198 total still left Koepka within sight of his third major title in 14 months, but the two-times U.S. Open champion's grip on the Wanamaker Trophy had loosened.

Like his final-round surge at The Open last month, excitement mounted as the 42-year-old briefly moved within two shots of the lead.

After changing his sweat-soaked shirt, Woods lost ground with a three-putt bogey on the fifth, but bounced back in style with birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth.

Koepka is the first man to win two majors in the same calendar year since Jordan Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015.

The top eight on a points list after the PGA Championship on Sunday will make the team automatically, while captain Jim Furyk will select four others.

"Not that they were gimmes, by any means, but I hit pretty good putts, especially on 15".

"I feel like I played well today", said Woods, who only returned to competitive golf in November after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April past year. This marked Woods's highest major finish since being runner-up in the same tournament, nine years ago.

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Amid relentless pandemonium, Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and seize control. I just didn't make anything.

After four back surgeries, you could certainly be forgiven for thinking that Tiger's time had been and gone.

Tiger Woods reflected on "a hell of a process" to get to the position of being prominent in majors again, following a second place finish at the US PGA Championship.

The 42-year-old missed from seven feet for birdie on the first but holed from three feet on the second and nearly holed his tee shot on the third to set up another gain and close within two shots of the lead.

"The energy was incredible, " Woods said. And then the birdie, settling for par that, inside, had to have felt like bogey (or worse).

"Three majors at 28, it's a cool feeling".

"But God, I hadn't played in two years, so it's been a hell of a process for sure". "He went out there and made a bunch of birdies".

The only knock on Koepka is that he doesn't win enough elsewhere - the Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.

"Everyone struggled a little bit at the start and got going around the turn", Scott said. Scott said of his game.

Woods saves par on the 17th after a terrible start to his penultimate hole. "It's a fantastic golf course to be able to trust things, and today was a solid day, not trying to do too much, and getting a 66 on the board". "I feel really good".

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