Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

That left Woods two strokes off the pace of US co-leaders Brooks Koepka, a two-time US Open champion, and Gary Woodland, who matched the low 36-hole major record at 10-under 130.

The 14-time major champion lipped out for par at 14 before clawing the shot back when he knocked a stunning second to within a foot of the hole at the 15th, but Woods' chances effectively ended as he carved his drive into the hazard to the right of the long 17th.

Mickelson shot 71 and finished at 4 over par, missing the cut by 4 strokes. In the lead at 12 under, Koepka is supplying the rolled-up sleeves and the kind of blacksmith arms that would've left Arnold Palmer's arms on the wrong side of a before-and-after ad.

Woods answered his bogey with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth and a seven-footer for birdie at the seventh, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole. And I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead, especially with 17 the way it's playing, they're moving the tee way up like that. "And 18 is playing pretty short as well". Asked if he could have imagined himself having a chance to win not one but two majors in 2018, Tiger deadpanned, "With what swing?" But he missed the eagle.

Once again, Woods could not maintain the fine form he showed on the front nine.

"I'm exhausted. I just need to eat some proper meals tonight and I felt my hydration was good all day, so it just takes a lot out of you", he said.


On this day, he was celebrating the grind - and the fact that he simply would not go away. He said there have been no physical issues since the week began with him taking ice baths to combat swelling. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two USA majors that rotate to different courses in the same year. He certainly gets points for showmanship and a willingness to attract some eyeballs, but he doesn't quite get full marks for creativity; Brown said he remembered seeing another fan do something similar about a year ago, and decided this would be the flawless time to go for it.

And it started early, 7 a.m. local time. Across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Woods put together a career run through 54 holes. But he missed 5-footers for par at the 10th and 12th holes surrounding a birdie at the 11th. He is now in a six-way tie to round out the top-10 at -8.

His third attempt was hardly text-book but the ball did manage to hang onto the greenside fringe, allowing Woodland to finally card a seven and slump to three-over for the round. "Being in Tiger's group is always exciting".

"I played hard, " he said. "I'm getting a lot of support, which is nice".

Tiger followed a familiar script, igniting the crowd with birdies at Nos.

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