Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

On the brink: Tiger Woods electrifies in 2nd-place finish at PGA

On the brink: Tiger Woods electrifies in 2nd-place finish at PGA

Having successfully retained his U.S. Open crown in June, Koepka reigned supreme at Bellerive Country Club courtesy of his two-stroke victory on Sunday.

His 2017-18 PGA TOUR season had yielded just one top 10 - a T9 at the AT&T Byron Nelson - and he had slipped to a lowly 119th in the FedExCup to be in serious danger of missing the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time.

Joining the 14-times major victor at eight under are American compatriots defending champion and world number two Justin Thomas, 2009 British Open victor Stewart Cink, Australian 2015 PGA champion Jason Day, Irishman Shane Lowry and South African 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who matched the record low score in the 100-year history of the PGA Championship with a second-round 63. "He went out there and made a bunch of birdies".

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"It brought me back to when I was a kid, when I was watching him, and you heard those roars", Koepka said. It's some pretty robust company: Gene Sarazen (1922), Ben Hogan (1948), Nicklaus (1980) and Woods (2000).

It's the lowest final-round score in a major in Woods' historic career and served as the latest reminder that he's damn close to being back to top form.

Koepka and Scott putting on the 15th. He followed his bogey-free 3-under 67 Saturday with an even-par 70 Sunday.

"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 a year ago, it has been pretty cool", Woods said.

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"It is hard to rationalize everything after leading with four holes to play and you want to win from that position".

In stark contrast, the tee was moved forward to make the par-five 17th play 550 yards and that led to three eagles, 42 birdies and just four bogeys from the 80-man field.

"So there's always things to work on when you're not the victor".

"I actually never thought about that", Koepka said, grinning as he turned that potential reality over in his mind. I can't stop here. "They definitely made me question it there for a bit or think about it, for sure".

Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, began four back.

But the 45-year-old six-time PGA TOUR victor has been in sneaky form this summer and produced a vintage week at Bellerive. The best thing might be to take that first FedEx Cup week off and work on my game and hopefully come back in a better place.

"I feel like I played well today", said Woods, who only returned to competitive golf in November after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April previous year.

"Tiger's coming", yelled one of the few spectators who bothered hanging around to watch Koepka and Scott after Woods had been through.

"But overall, I was really proud of the way I hung in there". "Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself, but it's a pretty intense environment out there".

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