Tiger charges into the hunt as Koepka takes lead at 100th PGA

Tiger charges into the hunt as Koepka takes lead at 100th PGA

Tiger charges into the hunt as Koepka takes lead at 100th PGA

Brooks Koepka fought off an inspired challenge from Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship on Sunday, giving the big-hitting American his second major title this season.

Tiger Woods made an early move up the leaderboard Saturday at Bellerive Country Club, but a few missed opportunities on the back nine derailed some of his momentum.

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. He finished at 16 under par. Adam Scott is two back of Koepka, with Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland in a tie for third, three strokes back. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars".

With Koepka stuck in neutral, Woods put on a charge and sent the galleries into a frenzy when he birdied the par-4 15th to get within a shot of the lead after sticking his second shot within a foot of the flagstick.

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

The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods, and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.

"I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to do", Koepka said, "I should win the golf tournament".

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.

He holed only one lengthy putt, the other four birdies coming from tap-in range, or close to it. "I bogeyed the last, but sometimes when you have bad shots, you're going to make bogey".

"What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing here". 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.

Woods hit zero fairways on the front nine but was able to repeatedly pull off miraculous recovery shots, the same ones that made him so great in his glory days.

Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet. "It was nice to have that in my back pocket, (having) been there in that same situation, and came out on top". "Most majors the weekends get hard, but I think this course you're going to have to keep shooting birdies".

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