On the brink: Woods electrifies in 2nd-place finish at PGA
13 August, 2018, 08:23 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
Scott can only make a bogey, meaning he'll finish third, Tiger Woods takes second place. With his win at the 2018 PGA Championship, Koepka is the first golfer since Jordan Spieth in 2015 to win two majors in one year. 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. David Toms had the record with his 265 in 2001.
And how many men can say they are among only five in history who have won the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship in the same year?
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Brooks Koepka may have won the PGA Championship, but Tiger Woods stole the show with a vintage display that sent fans into meltdown. I don't know what it is, but I need to take it over into regular Tour events as well. "So just try to get to the top of the leaderboard and work from there". Every shot is so important, and when you're out here grinding away, firing at the flags, firing at the middle of the greens, you just have to be very patient. "When he needs to do it the most, he seems to perform the best".
Adam Scott finished third at the PGA Championship.
The Australian birdied 10, 12, and 13, while Koepka missed short birdie putts at 12, 13, and 14. Koepka is 1-for-3 converting when a 54-hole leader/co-leader, 1-for-1 in majors (2018 U.S. Open). He shot 4-under 66 to reach 8 under. Instead Koepka went to the 18th with his two-shot lead intact.
Coming in second at -14, two shots behind Brooks Koepka, also left Woods with one hell of a consolation prize.
Thomas has received his due plaudits for his accomplishments in the last two years - shooting 59 in Hawaii, 63 at Erin Hills, winning eight times, taking the FedExCup, and collecting a Player of the Year Award.
No shots were more important than a four-hole stretch he played in 2 over that turned Sunday into what could be a free-for-all.
Shortly after 5pm, he had a 20-foot putt on the 16th green that would've tied him with Koepka, who was two holes behind but may as well have been playing on another course compared to the frenzy in front of him. This was a guy grateful for his game, a guy for whom second place was nearly unthinkable not even a year ago.
"I do want to be on the team as a player. I was hanging in there, grinding it out trying to make as many birdies as possible". And then the long irons and woods were still just a little bit off, and I had a couple foul balls because of it with an iron and a driver. But in the past month he has seemed almost whole again, especially after a sixth-place finish at the British Open in which he briefly led.
"But (today) I never quite got to the lead; I was always trailing".
"I told myself exactly that on 11 tee", Woodland said of his triple in Phoenix.
"I could hear it, " Koepka said and smiled as Woods hugged him afterward, acknowledging just how boisterous it was up ahead as Woods was making eight birdies in a round of 64.
But he could only gouge a wedge back to the fairway and a par proved the end of his hopes of a 15th major for at least another nine months. "It was fun. It made it enjoyable".
Even Saturday morning, Koepka felt overlooked when he went to the gym with his good friend, the far more recognizable Dustin Johnson, who has spent much of this season ranked No. 1.
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