Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship

Tiger prowling for first major title in decade after Koepka falters

"I'm just thankful to be here".

"Other than me, my team, everybody was rooting for Tiger", he said. "I'm extremely confident. I like the way I'm hitting the ball".

Justin Thomas gave it a good run, but a couple of stumbles late and a mistake-free finish by eventual victor Brooks Koepka left him settling for a sixth-place tie in his defense of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Golf Club in St. Louis. "I didn't play the last two holes very well".

The two then shared a brief hug before Koepka continued his way to sign his scorecard.

Winding up, Woods unleashed a massive swing, hooking the ball around the trees in front of him, onto the green and ... just 17 feet from the pin. Made a couple of key putts. "This was the first real Tiger effect I've experienced with that many people".

Koepka received a nice and heartfelt ovation when he tapped in for a par to clinch the third major championship of his life and his second in two months.

Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.

The big-hitting American fired a four-under-par 66 at Missouri's Bellerive Country Club to earn a 16-under total and a two-shot victory from 14-time major victor Tiger Woods (64), with Australian Adam Scott (67) third at 13 under.

It didn't bring a 15th major championship, and you can certainly quibble about the lost opportunities along the way.

He joins Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players since World War II with three majors before turning 30.

Woods had a similar outlook after his round: "Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds".

"To have gone from not being sure if I'd play again, to even playing this year, and come back out (and win) is mind boggling", Koepka said. "I was hanging in there, grinding it out trying to make as many birdies as possible". I'll struggle to figure this out for the rest of 2018 and into 2019.

"Probably not in terms of how I played, but in terms of feeling comfortable out there, I'm slowly but surely getting used to that bigger stage".

It doesn't compute that the man who led the PGA Championship in driving distance and finished second from tee to green would also finish top 20 in putting.

"Tiger was performing great".

"It started with the first putt, just ran it by", Woods said after his round.

Koepka became the first golfer since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win consecutive US Open crowns in June when he defended the title at Shinnecock.

If he wins, Scott no doubt will dedicate it to fellow Australian Jarrod Lyle, who died of cancer on Wednesday, but he is too self-effacing to suggest it is more important to him than others. Scott said of his game.

"It's been such a hard thing for us to get our heads around because we have been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia". "The major season is over and we have to wait a few months to the next one but there's still a lot of golf to play this year and quite a bit to play for". I just need to shoot a lot one to try to get these guys.

"You can't hide when you're on the top of the leaderboard", he said.

Aug 11, 2018; Saint Louis, MO, USA; Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club.

"It was unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable", said Fox of the atmosphere on course when Woods was on the charge.

"It's not necessarily the physical, it's mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat", he said.



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