Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

So began a long and loud Saturday, and when it was over, the PGA Championship could look forward to a final round rich with possibilities, the intrigue thicker than the enormous crowds that have poured over this tournament. "It was nice to have that in my back pocket, (having) been there in that same situation, and came out on top".

But Brooks Koepka proved too much, rolling off birdies late to snatch the PGA Championship for his third major.

Woods has never won a major, and he's won 14 of them, when trailing after 54 holes.

Lowry carded six birdies in his six-under round of 64 and is well poised for a crack at his first ever Major win.

"It's definitely moving in the right direction and 65 at a major is always a good score", Scott said. And yet it feels like a bit of a defeat. He tied Gary Player's record for the most birdies in a round in the PGA Championship. He has a chance to make history in the same town where his great uncle, an old shortstop named Dick Groat, helped the Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series.

Hitting the ball well and in the hunt. The slugger has what his father, Bob, calls "those steely eyes" when he prepares for a Sunday round in a major.

Koepka likes to point out that he often feels like golf's nowhere man.

Woods completed a 66 in the delayed second round on Saturday morning and added another in round three, but ran out of steam after a front nine of 31 and 10 closing pars included a three-putt from 20 feet on the 17th.

After taking relief from a cart path, Woods had to play a huge draw from matted down rough and somehow roped a shot 11 feet right of the pin. "The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough".

You need only to see the tail to understand why. I knew I'd be in his line of sight and in last group.

Fox closed out his round strongly with two birdies on his final three holes, including a 372-yard drive, with the aid of a cart path, to find the green in one on the par-four seventh hole. The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong. "I use it as motivation".

Woodland and the rest of the field are chasing Koepka, who has won the past two U.S. Opens.

Woods has been pressing to play for the US Ryder Cup team but must win the PGA to automatically qualify for the squad going to France next month to defend the trophy against Europe.

"And tomorrow, not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds". Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA.

It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere.

"I've watched Tiger win 14 of these things hanging around a lot of the time", Scott said. "There's a lot of star power and there should be". It's a major championship. You can't hide when you're at the top of the leaderboard.

LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk.

Exhausted and hungry, an old Tiger survived 29 holes Saturday. Tiger Woods birdied three of his first five holes played.

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