Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship for third career major

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship for third career major

Tiger Woods gave himself a fighting change of winning his first major in more than a decade with a second straight four-under 66 Saturday to trail PGA Championship leader Brooks Koepka by four shots going into the final round in St. Louis.

The 28-year-old shot 66 to follow up his victory in the US Open in June with a marvelous two stroke success over Woods - who concluded with a 64 - in the 100th USPGA Championship at Bellerive.

Just look at this video of Woods arriving at Bellerive for the final round.

That's just a small sampling of information provided on every player in the field, including the 20 club professionals who qualified in the PGA Professionals Championship, won by former University of Kansas All-American Ryan Vermeer, 40. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars". It's fitting for 2018 Tiger Woods, who has seemingly done everything except for win an event in his return to professional golf. Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself because you're trying to downplay it yourself a little bit, but it's a pretty intense environment out there. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par.

"I don't really feel from memory that I was ever really in contention on a Sunday at the PGA, although I've had some good results", Scott said.

Koepka was at 12-under 198 and will play in the final group of a major for the first time.

Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies.

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In peak Tiger fashion, the crowd erupted after he drained a 19-foot birdie putt on his final hole to end the tournament at 14-under par.

Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson missed it, but nobody outside the top eight made a big run, and that means the Masters champion and will join Watson on the team.

Dialled in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.

Australian Scott produced a ball-striking round of impeccable quality, a 65 the best score of the afternoon, marred only by a couple of missed putts, including a seven-footer at the last.

"The fans here were unbelievable all week, and it was fun to play in front of".

While it's going to be a hard task for Woods to claim a 15th major win this week, it's not out of the question. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens".

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