Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship

Paola Ditto
Agosto 14, 2018

And in his exhilarating but ultimately futile attempt to catch Koepka at the PGA Championship, Woods got a taste of what it's going to take to get back on top in the majors.

Adam did have an eight-footer across the hill at the 17th for a birdie, but he slid it under the hole and Koepka took a two-shot lead down the last, a 400m par four, which was duly dispatched with a drive - which barely ran five meters - and a wedge 15 feet behind the hole.

When it was done, Woods had a warm hug and a huge smile for the guy he calls "Brooksy".

"The biggest positive everyone is talking about is the fans, both in number and enthusiasm they had for an event", said Mike DeCola, general chairman for the PGA Championship. "You want guys that have had a good solid season".

He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264.

The last one was a laser of a 4-iron from 226m that settled 6 feet away, sending him to a dream finish of a year that began with the 28-year-old Floridian wondering if a wrist injury that kept him out four months would ever allow him to compete again.

Drama? That was Woods' domain.

Woods wants to be hitting some shots, too. He drained his longest putt of the tournament, a 19-footer putt for birdie, and pumped his fist to celebrate.

The ball rested on the edge of the cup, its logo peeking into the hole for what felt like forever. That one went in.

Woods was two shots clear heading into the Sunday at Hazeltine, but he laboured around the final 18 as Yang Yong-eun stormed to victory.

But he did not quit.

Roars echoed through the trees at Bellerive.

"Koepka was a machine this week", Dusek said. "It was pretty evident what Tiger was doing".

He is a bull of a man who creates great speed and drives so far he seems to have a wedge, or maybe a nine iron, into nearly every par four green.

The following year, he lost a 54-hole lead in a major for the first time when Y.E. Yang beat him at the PGA Championship.

"Making that putt at least gave me a chance", Woods said.

It wasn't going to happen. With Davis Love serving as a captain twice and Stricker being our Presidents Cup captain a year ago, they intimately know these players and know them very well.

Now, his achievements will likely secure him a spot in golf's Hall of Fame when he turns 50, but the quiet Koepka doesn't do it to be famous.

Koepka, who defended his US Open crown in June at Shinnecock, became only the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan.

The season will be condensed, meaning more key tournaments earlier on, but Woods can prioritize the majors in hopes of peaking at the right time - as opposed to his approach this year, when he was still adjusting to his new swing late in the season.

Arguably the biggest surprise qualifier, Simpson had been without a win since 2013 until cruising to victory in this year's Players Championship, with a dominant four-shot win at Sawgrass in May.

Furyk has three wild-card picks to add September 4, and will fill out the team by naming his 12th player on September 10, after the BMW Championship, the third of four FedEx Cup Playoff events.

Bellerive wasn't supposed to favor the 2018 version of Woods' game.

If Woods manages to contend or even win at The Masters next April, where he opened as the No. 5 betting favorite, it will officially announce 2019 as the summer of Tiger. "I had to kind of figure this out on my own and it's been really hard - a lot harder than people think".

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