Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

Paola Ditto
Agosto 14, 2018

Thomas has received his due plaudits for his accomplishments in the last two years - shooting 59 in Hawaii, 63 at Erin Hills, winning eight times, taking the FedExCup, and collecting a Player of the Year Award. Even if he doesn't, it's been an incredible ride in his latest return from injury. But he recovered with birdies on three of the next four to finish with a 1-under 69 on Sunday and 10-under 270 overall.

At the Valspar in Tampa he finished one shot back of Paul Casey after stalling out with a final round 70, only able to make one birdie on the back nine with a chance to win.

If the Woods group was the place everyone wanted to be, Koepka and Scott were sedately and serenely going about their own personal duel as the last two out.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II. "I had the most easy, basic, inside right putt that you could possibly have and I made it".

"I'm not sure the numbers are always that important when I look down the list". So it's great to see him playing well.

"It really hurt that I missed that [birdy shot at the 17th], just not to make it interesting up the last", Scott said.

"I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far ... going from where I've come from, to now over the a year ago, it's been pretty cool".

The CBS and Eleven Sports commentators spoke of the 28-year-old "grinding it out" in his PGA Championship win but his closing round of 66 had its fair share of sublime moments.

"I didn't drive well all day - I was hitting it left and right on the driving range, even with my sand wedge - so I knew it was going to be a struggle to piece together a round but I did", added Woods.

Woodland said the bunker nightmare had followed what he felt was a "great swing" on his approach. "It was really nice to see everyone really embracing the tournament". And it didn't cost anything! He missed a good chance for birdie at the drivable par-4 11th, but bounced back with two more birdies to put pressure on the contenders.

Woods started Sunday four shots behind Koepka, and though the four-time US PGA champion failed to hit a single fairway on the front nine, he was still three under at the turn. Brooks was the 12th victor in-a-row to have finished inside the top-28 at Firestone the week before and he was the 17th victor in 20 years to have already won earlier in the season.

Brooks Koepka finishes his round with Adam Scott. Mickelson has one victory over the last five years, a playoff win over Thomas in the Mexico Championship. "It's sort of regressed as the season has gone on".

Tiger Woods posted this message to Twitter Sunday evening: "I can't thank the fans in St. Louis enough for packing the course all week and for their enthusiasm and support".

Will Woods win another major?

Yet for all that wide-open Bellerive played into his massive hands, the most impressive thing of all was the manner in which he shut out all the madness going on around him and kept his nerve for his two-stroke success.

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