Koepka grabs PGA lead as Tiger joins crowded title hunt

Aug 12 2018 Saint Louis MO USA Brooks Koepka reacts after making a putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championshi

"I was in contention the last two major championships".

His most stirring performance in years left Woods second, two shots behind victor Koepka, who shot 66 to finish with a 16-under 264 and claim his third major in the last seven.

"I'm exhausted. It just takes a lot out of you", Woods said. 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.

It left a sense of anti-climax, but Woods is still within reach of his 15th major, a situation few would have predicted at the start of a year which has seen the 42-year-old resurrect his career after debilitating injuries.

And Woods' last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole.

After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. "Yeah, I just had a lot of things go wrong on that putt on 9".

"Looking back, I don't think it was so much the game - it was just energy-wise I was really struggling this week", he said. It's his best performance in a major in almost 10 years, since another solo second finish at the 2009 PGA Championship.

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Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major.

The 28-year-old Floridian also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

To less fanfare but still before dozens of friends and family members and KU fans and even an MU fan who yelled, "M-I-Z for you, Gary", this also is uncharted and revelatory new territory for Woodland, whose previous best in a major had been a 12-place finish. "I had to keep making birdies", he said. I didn't drive it good all day.

The old adage that nobody remembers who finishes second is nearly always born out in reality, but you get the sense that this will be far from the case when the story of the 100th PGA Championship is told.

"It has been a very hard week", Scott said.

"I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the past year, it has been pretty cool", Woods said. Despite the hole playing under 300 yards, Woods made a decision to lay up and not risk hitting into the water to the right of the green.

Koepka claimed his third major in 14 months after successfully defending his breakthrough 2017 US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills this year. I had a ideal number and I have been hitting my three wood unbelievably well all week and I just hit a bad shot. It was pretty good at the start of the year but it's sort of regressed as the season has went on, you start to fall back into some of the habits you don't want to. "I've made what I thought would take weeks, kind of a turnaround to be able to trust and hit some really quality shots and work my way up to a major championship in a span of hours". "I didn't play the last two holes very well".

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