PGA Championship success could spell future golf tournaments for St. Louis region

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2018

Yes, Woods might have finished second by two strokes to Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship on Sunday to extend his drought without a major for at least eight more months. He finished at 266, beating by three shots his best 72-hole score in a major. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars".

Sunday's play will decide the victor of the fourth and final major of the golfing season with the PGA Championship itself moving to a May date for the 2019 season.

"It really hurt that I missed that [birdy shot at the 17th], just not to make it interesting up the last", Scott said. "When Tiger started making his little run, and Scotty made his run, it got loud".

Woods said after the round he is so encouraged by his play that he wants to be a participant on the USA team in the this year's Ryder Cup, not just an assistant to captain Jim Furyk. "They definitely made me question it there for a bit or think about it, for sure".

Woods has gone 3,709 days since his most recent major win with more to come until his next chance at the 2019 Masters next April, the 43rd major since his last win.

Koepka had done something that no one from Woods' era had done: stared Tiger in the eye ... and flexed.

"I'm very disappointed obviously because I had a great chance", said Lowry, who hit a three wood into the hazard at the par-five 17th to drop another crucial shot.

Former world number one Adam Scott was right in the mix going into the final day, drawing level with Koepka with five holes to play before bogeying the last to finish in third. "He recognized who that guy was that day", Bjorn said.

Over a wild first nine holes, Woods didn't hit a single fairway off the tee but got up and down from everywhere.

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His most stirring performance in years left Woods second, two shots behind victor Koepka, who shot 66 to finish with a 16-under 264 and claim his third major in the last seven.

Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek.

He has now won three majors over the past 14 months - and joins Jordan Spieth, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Woods as the only players since World War II with three majors before turning 30. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.

"He's a tough guy to beat when he's flying it 340 in the air", Woods said. He was "pretty ticked" then and just short of jubilant here - which he cautiously hopes can make for a springboard breakthrough.

He had a 20-foot putt on No. 16 to capture a share of the lead, but pushed it barely off line.

"I actually never thought about that", Koepka said, grinning as he turned that potential reality over in his mind.

Woods completed a 66 in the delayed second round on Saturday to lie six shots off the halfway lead, with playing partner McIlroy a shot further back after returning a bogey-free 67.

Since winning three points from four matches on his debut in 2016, Koepka became the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back US Open titles, following his victory at Erin Hills in 2017 with another at Shinnecock Hills in 2018.

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