Friday, 14 December, 2018

Tiger Woods' PGA Championship arrival had the golf world shook

On top Kevin Kisner at the 18th hole on Friday On top Kevin Kisner at the 18th hole on Friday More
Charles Bowen | 13 August, 2018, 05:00

Fourth-ranked Koepka, who matched the tournament record with a seven-under 63 on Friday, fired a 66 Saturday to lead on 12-under 198 after 54 holes, two strokes ahead of Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion and his partner in the final pairing. He settled for his second consecutive 4-under-par 66 to finish at 202, 8 under par.

Woods answered his bogey with an 11-foot birdie putt at the par-3 sixth and a seven-footer for birdie at the seventh, the crowds and buzz around him growing with every hole.

Woods failed to convert on both, despite having given himself excellent chances.

Once again, Woods could not maintain the fine form he showed on the front nine.

"I thought it was flawless and it just came up short in the bunker", he said. "I made a bit of a run".

Koepka's impressive composure under huge pressure enabled him to become only the fifth player in history after Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen to win the US Open and the PGA Championship in the same year, and he is also just the fifth American to win at least three majors before the age of 29. But God, I hadn't played in two years. "It was a long day".

And it started early, 7 a.m. local time.

Woods certainly had no problem picking up shots in the final round a week later at the Arnold Palmer Invitational - a tournament he has won on eight occasions.

Koepka, a 28-year-old from Florida, began the day at 12 under with a two shot lead over Scott.

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Stewart Cink enjoyed his first top 10 finish in a major since denying Tom Watson at The Open in 2009 as he birdied the final two holes to return a 67 and close on 11 under alongside Jon Rahm, whose slim hopes were ended by a bogey-six at the 17th.

"I thought, it's probably Tiger's last time coming to St. Louis, so I might as well go all out", Brown said. "I'm getting a lot of support, which is nice".

But Woods could turn it only so far. After his third straight birdie, at the eighth hole, that was it. Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens.

Woods occupies another larger group behind on eight-under, heading into an exciting final day of the final major of the year. Players from all over the world said the enthusiastic crowds have been making it fun for them to play-despite the heat, storms and weather delay.

You need only to see the tail to understand why.

And he made it look ever so easy, bludgeoning his drives massive distances and honing in on the pins with unerring accuracy.

Birdies were not only everywhere, but necessary to stay in contention, and Spieth knew it, particularly at 17 - a par 5 where eagle is in play and birdie is a must.

When Tiger fanned his drive well right of the fairway two holes later, the groans were just a palpable.

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