Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Woods teeters on edge of title in agonizing 2nd place at PGA

Woods teeters on edge of title in agonizing 2nd place at PGA

Through it all, Koepka was calm, making shot after shot when it was needed the most.

A month removed from his sixth-place finish in the British Open at Carnoustie, where he led with eight holes to play, Woods on Sunday posted the low round of the day with a 6-under-par 64 and finished runner-up to victor Brooks Koepka.

Scott can only make a bogey, meaning he'll finish third, Tiger Woods takes second place. This is hardly the story of the sport's greatest wondering if he's sidelined forever after a spinal fusion, but as Koepka questioned his future in the sport this spring, he was the defending U.S. Open champion, a golfer with the sense that he should be able to accomplish so much more. He fed off these cheers that should have been for him, from crowds that should have followed him, and he kept on playing, logging a 16-under 264 on the weekend, setting a 72-hole PGA Championship record. The old mark of 265 (15 under par) was established by David Toms in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course.

The 28-year-old Koepka successfully defended his breakthrough 2017 US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills this year.

The victory Sunday was just the fourth of Koepka's career, with the only non-major title coming at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

(Getty )Brooks Koepka claimed the US PGA championship.

Woodland hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation in the first two rounds, but just 10 of 18 in the third round.

"I need to assess where I'm at". Turns out that was the one event that Tiger didn't pick up or lose ground on the leader, starting the final round one stroke out of the lead and finishing the same way.

The Australian birdied 10, 12, and 13, while Koepka missed short birdie putts at 12, 13, and 14.

Koepka misses his chance for birdie on the 17th, giving Scott the chance to move within one shot of the lead.

"I know I can shoot around 7- or 8-under", he said of Sunday's final round, where he will start eight shots back of leader Brooks Koepka.


"I got off to a really slow start, so I was not super-comfortable early in the round", Scott said.

The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major.

He yanked his tee shots at the eighth and ninth holes further left than Bernie Sanders but enjoyed a couple of excellent pieces of luck, finding his ball with a clear route to the hole.

Sticking approach shots tight all afternoon, Tiger again made back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and 13 to get within one shot of the lead.

The final round of the final major of the year is buzzing with possibilities. But God, I hadn't played in two years. "I was hanging in there, grinding it out trying to make as many birdies as possible".

"I had to kind of figure this out on my own and it's been really hard - a lot harder than people think, " he said.

"I struck it so well at Firestone last week, I just wasn't putting well so that's all we focused on when we got here. So I knew this was going to be a struggle to try and piece together a round and I did". "This is the first real "Tiger effect" I guess you could say".

When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes, with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies. "And that's what you have, and that's what's going to make this event very exciting". It was quite fun, it was enjoyable. "It was enjoyable to play in front of fans who love golf and who are cheering for us".

Koepka took a two-shot lead to the last and simply parred to win.

"I feel like I've put the work in".

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