Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Koepka holds off roaring Tiger to capture 100th PGA Championship

Koepka holds off roaring Tiger to capture 100th PGA Championship

ST. LOUIS - Jim Furyk was mesmerized like everyone else at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday as Tiger Woods made a run up the leaderboard before eventually finishing second to Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship. Already Woods has dealt with fans yelling mid-swing at least twice this year, with the aforementioned Carnoustie incident and a spectator shouting during a Woods putt at Torrey Pines back in January.

The case for picking Mickelson is a little more complicated, because he is not trending in the same direction as Woods, who has five top-10s and seven top-12s in 14 starts this year and whose 64 on Sunday was the lowest final-round score of his career.

Bystedt was quick to point to Woods's use of the GAPR Lo two-iron at the Open Championship last month as an example of how far that relationship has come.

Tiger Woods proved last week at the PGA Championship that a major victory is around the corner.

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.

The 14-time major victor was appointed in Furyk's backroom in February when nobody - apart from maybe Woods himself - gave him a prayer of teeing it up in the Stars and Stripes for the first time since the Miracle of Medinah.

He has now won three majors over the past 14 months - and joins Jordan Spieth, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Woods as the only USA players since World War II with three majors before turning 30.

"What's important is how well Tiger has played", Furyk said.

Koepka was at 12-under 198, and even with his major pedigree - the first player with back-to-back U.S. Opens in 29 years - he will play in the final group of a major for the first time. I realize Tiger is a story. With that also came the pitfalls of streaming, with widespread complaints from those who watched both on Facebook (for the first two days), and others who signed up for Eleven's free trial on their website.

Woods will be going to France when the United States defends the trophy against Europe next month anyway.

Prevailing wisdom says Woods has done enough to make the team, although Furyk would not commit to that decision Monday. "He's priceless, to be honest with you". Thomas Pieters, who played well in the 2016 defeat, shot back to prominence with a sixth-place finish at the US PGA.

"It's definitely moving in the right direction". Bryson DeChambeau finished ninth in the standings, just one place out of automatics when the top eight were confirmed on Sunday night, and it would be harsh if he is overlooked.

But as brilliant as the 28-year-old was and is, it was inevitably Woods's resurrection that created the biggest stir. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.

However, Faldo was shocked. Even in defeat it was hard not to find a measure of victory for Woods and for the company who now builds and services his equipment. This one stayed out, and Woods bent down and dropped his hands to his knees in agony.

"When I look at my captain's picks, I'll be looking at guys that have had a great body of work this year, guys that are playing well and maybe hot players at the time", Furyk said. He is done, doomed and then suddenly he is two under par.

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