Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship, Woods finishes second

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship, Woods finishes second

Two months after his second U.S. Open win at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Koepka won at Bellerive Country Club with an identical equipment setup.

But it was hard afterward to not wonder if Woods left a few opportunities on the Bellerive Country Club course Saturday afternoon that would have made the task a tad easier during the final round of the PGA Championship.

Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship at Bellerive was almost a complete throwback to the days of Tiger Woods' golf dominance.

Woodland and Kisner played in the same group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to just about any game.

Koepka had started the final round two shots ahead of Scott, who was playing with a heavy heart after fellow Australian pro Jarrod Lyle died of cancer earlier this week. But he needed 18 putts on the back nine for a total of 30, and the difference between being closer to the lead. Woods had to settle for a 66, and by the time everyone else came through the 17th hole, he slipped back to a tie for sixth, four shots out of the lead.

"It's a good position to be in and there's a lot of holes to be played", Schwartzel said.

However, Woods then bogeyed the 14th and double-bogeyed the iconic par-three 17th after finding water off the tee.

"I never would've foreseen that two years ago", Woods said.

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Sunday's play will decide the victor of the fourth and final major of the golfing season with the PGA Championship itself moving to a May date for the 2019 season.

After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka ran kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on number 15 and 7 feet on number 16 to end the drama. But he missed 5-footers for par at the 10th and 12th holes surrounding a birdie at the 11th. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. "It was nice to have that in my back pocket, (having) been there in that same situation, and came out on top".

He looks up to the task, based off his last couple of tournaments.

He made 152 feet, 5 inches of putts Thursday, 72 feet, 5 inches Friday, and 49 feet Saturday.

The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars.

"The overall day, I feel like I played well today", Woods said after his round.

Spieth could join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan as the only players to win each major crown at least once.

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