ST. LOUIS — Just as he did three weeks in the past, Tiger Woods made one other Sunday cost at a significant championship, overcoming some wild driving with outstanding iron play to ship chills by way of steamy Bellerive Country Club.
With spectators chanting his identify, Woods made a spirited run at a 15th main championship however could not make up a Four-stroke deficit on Brooks Koepka, who shot a Four-under 66 to win the PGA Championship for his second main this yr and third total.
A number of gamers had an opportunity to win the PGA Championship. Here’s why Brooks Koepka did and Tiger Woods and a few others did not.
Tiger Woods says he desires to do far more than simply assist Jim Furyk name the pictures as a Ryder Cup assistant when the Americans head to France subsequent month to defend their title.
Koepka joins an elite group of Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in having gained the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the identical yr.
Woods, in the meantime, shot a 6-under-par 64 to end in second, posting his second consecutive top-10 in a significant after tying for sixth final month at The Open. Woods’ 64 was his lowest rating within the remaining spherical of a significant ever.
His play drew raucous reward from the gallery, which Woods complimented in his postround feedback.
Woods additionally made one other public pitch to play within the Ryder Cup. A vice captain for the U.S. squad, Woods would have to be chosen by crew captain Jim Furyk.
After failing to discover a fairway over his first 9 holes — going Zero-for-7 — Woods modified his shirt following one other miss on No. 9, then hit a tremendous shot round a tree from close to a cart path to 10 ft to arrange a birdie for a front-nine 32. He made birdie on the 12th to pull inside 2 pictures of Koepka, who overcame a few early bogeys to birdie his remaining three holes on the entrance and re-establish his lead.
Woods made birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, noticed a 14-footer for par lip out on the 14th that knocked him 2 strokes again after which fired an method to only a foot for a birdie on the 15th. He parred No. 16, could not birdie the par-5 17th due to a wayward tee shot and rolled in a 19-footer for birdie on No. 18 to put some stress on Koepka.
“I played hard,” Woods mentioned. “I was hanging in there, grinding it out.”
But Koepka posted back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to take the lead for good. Holding a 2-shot edge coming into the ultimate gap, he was in a position to deliver residence the victory with a par on No. 18.
Koepka additionally had to maintain off Adam Scott, who shot a 67 on Sunday and was tied with Koepka for stretches of the again 9 earlier than ending third. Scott, an Australian, mentioned Saturday night time that he wished to win this main title for countrymate Jarrod Lyle, who died Wednesday at age 36 after a protracted battle with most cancers.