Tiger makes Ryder Cup case but Fowler, Simpson make United States team

Danny Woods
August 13, 2018

And yes, there was Tiger Woods, this generation's greatest champion, trying to end a decadelong major-title drought by making a final-round charge before a monstrous, loud, supportive crowd in St. Louis.

Aug 11, 2018; Saint Louis, MO, USA; Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 15th green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club.

Asked what impresses him most about Koepka, Thomas answered: "Just how well he plays when the lights shine on him". Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot - right after Koepka missed from the same range - and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.

Koepka, who became the first back-to-back US Open victor since 1989 in June at Shinnecock, birdied five of the first nine holes but stumbled with bogeys at 14 and 15 only to boost his lead with a birdie at the par-5 17th.

Playing in the final group, Adam Scott was briefly knotted with Koepka at 14 under but finished third, a shot behind Woods.

Koepka broke the deadlock when he rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th to move to 15 under.

Despite missing the fairway at the first, Woods hit his approach to 7 feet - and missed the birdie putt. (Next year it will move to the second major, after The Masters, and will be played May 16-19 at Bethpage Black).

LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk.

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"You look at his performance in the majors, and I don't think it's a coincidence". "I didn't know when I was going to start this year and how many tournaments I was going to play, how well I was going to play". "A bit of a struggle with my game today, but I hung in there". I just didn't make anything. "I handled myself really well and kept pressing, and I'm going to come up short here, but it was a really good, solid week for me overall".

Tiger wins $1,188,000 for 2nd place PGA Championship finish, his first $1M on-course check in more than four years. It was his first shot with a driver on the day, and it was a poor one. "But probably now as we get some time off and get to go home and be with our family, we'll be able to celebrate him a little bit more".

He'll say, "Oh, we're going on vacation.' And then we'll be on vacation. I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the previous year, it's been pretty cool". 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", said Koepka, who five years ago was toiling in Europe's minor leagues. "He went out there and made a bunch of birdies".

Although he owns a European Tour victory and four on its secondary circuit, Koepka has just one win on the US PGA Tour outside the majors. "I really look forward to it".

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

On his ability to come through on the big stage, Koepka told CBS Sports after accepting the trophy, "I think it's my focus".

But just when he needed another similar drive on the par-five 17th, Woods sliced his tee shot nearly into the creek which runs down the right side of the hole.

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