Koepka, Woods, Scott shine as PGA TOUR's THE NORTHERN TRUST approaches

Lynette Rowe
August 15, 2018

But he said he hadn't felt this good at a tournament he didn't win in a long time.

"I always try to find something where I feel like I'm the underdog and put that little chip on my shoulder", Koepka says.

"It was so close to the hole, I didn't want to take away from anything that he was doing because I knew he needed to make the putt, and I kind of wanted to get out of his way". It was a fabulous effort this week and although he traded shorter at Carnoustie, he impressed me more here but is he going to get that illusive 15th major championship or has this summer just been the epitome of a dead cat bounce? I agree with Mark, it seems a bit daft to give them so much stick.

But Woods has shocked everyone, including himself, this year, amassing seven top-12s including two runners-up finishes and a t-6 at the Open Championship.

"Oh God", Woods said Sunday evening, via ESPN.

ST. LOUIS - Tiger Woods waited near the scoring area after posting his best final round in a major, ready to offer congratulations to the victor of the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka - the man he could not reel in Sunday at Bellerive Country Club.

The 42-year-old certainly did not lack for pep to start his third round, carding birdies on his opening two holes to send a jolt of electricity through the parkland layout.

If Woods was going to have a chance, he had to have a birdie at the 17th, but he again couldn't find the fairway, almost knocking his driver into a creek that borders the right side from where he was able to advance the ball only 60 yards. Koepka was upset that Joey D. didn't get his due and it was telling that he cared so deeply about honoring a member of his team who toils in the shadows.

"But just for the fact that it was in his sight line when he's looking at the hole, especially right with the way it breaks coming up left to right, I just didn't want him staring at it". "It doesn't bug me".

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"I'm just thankful to be here".

Unfortunately, that doesn't jibe with his avowed aim of piling up more tournament titles - majors included.

Not so. Koepka assessed the situation and sunk his ball before most could notice and it was Scott, missing for par and then tapping in to finish at -13 who closed out a compelling day of golf.

"I missed the preparation".

He said Koepka has a "powerful mind". "It doesn't matter what it is".

"I could hear it, " Koepka said and smiled as Woods hugged him afterward, acknowledging just how boisterous it was up ahead as Woods was making eight birdies in a round of 64.

It's a long way from the camaraderie he experienced as he toiled on the European Challenge Tour, building his resume after failing to earn his PGA Tour card through qualifying school after turning pro in 2012.

Brooks Koepka this year achieved something only Curtis Strange and Ben Hogan have managed since the World War II and won consecutive US Opens. "I think everybody at the golf course cheers for him".

Furyk will make four captain's picks in early September, potentially including Woods, before the Americans defend the trophy against Europe at Le Golf National near Paris on September 28-30.

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