The Rush: Tiger Woods gives us chills and thrills at PGA Championship

US PGA victory exceeds Koepka's wildest dreams

Then, distant cheers from every corner of Bellerive when the score was posted.

Scott would go on to struggle on the Sunday which allowed Ernie Els to sneak in from a shot behind Woods to claim the Claret Jug on seven under. "It's pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie". Any renovation that golf course has undergone in the past two decades has been because of Woods. The fan was not exactly wrong, but it hardly fazed the underappreciated Koepka.

Back in the day, that ball dropped for Tiger Woods.

Arguably, Koepka didn't help his public relations cause by once describing golf as "boring" and saying he was not a "golf nerd" and would rather be playing pro baseball.

The upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain. "We will look at a body of work for this season, big events".

Back-to-back birdies from the 12th moved Woods within one of leader Brooks Koepka, before the 14-time major champion bounced back from a bogey at the 14th to post a tap-in birdie at the next. Woods finished second in the final major of the year, two strokes behind Brooks Koepka. And while he had never played Bellerive, either, links golf has a steeper learning curve than the bomb-it-and-find-it course setup in Missouri.

Eleven Sports' coverage of the final major of the year proved to be a disaster, with an overload of commercials, poor commentary, bad shot selection of players and general production an embarrassment. At this major, it wasn't enough.

Of his chances, Woods said: "I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far and now to be a part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come to now in the past year, it's been pretty cool". "I made a bit of a run".

He hit a poor approach on No. 11, but stared down a 30-foot putt for birdie that would have kept momentum on his side. Sixth place at the Open Championship, second place at the US PGA.

During the week of the PGA Championship, Koepka was in a public gym with his buddy Dustin Johnson, where the world No. 1 was receiving plenty of attention from other gym goers.

The Americans will face a different challenge from the forgiving fairways and fast greens of Hazeltine as they seek to lift the Cup on European soil for the first time in 25 years at Le Golf National just outside of Paris.

"But the opportunity to start next year at Bethpage in May from a golf calendar perspective being the second major on the schedule is a wonderful opportunity". I'd just keep doing what he's doing because he's showing up at the right moments in the biggest events. "The roars were pretty unbelievable", second-ranked 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas said.

"He's won three majors now, so he's definitely winning the right ones", Scott said.

Not much has changed over the years. I'll leave you with this. "There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that's what he's destined to do". And he was kind of making a charge, and you could hear the roars.

Woods provided the thrills Sunday - a fist-pumping, club-slamming, roller-coaster ride of a final round in which he threatened from beginning to end but couldn't knock Koepka out of the lead, or deny him the trophy.

That was as good as it got. He did well to advance it but had to save par from a bunker. That putt at 18 told him all he needs to know.

And at their vanguard is Koepka, who has collected three victories from the last six majors he has played, having missed the 2018 Masters with a wrist injury.



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