Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods, Adam Scott to win PGA Championship

13 Août, 2018, 08:24 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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And it still felt like he was the second billing to Tiger Woods.

But the defending champ wouldn't circle another hole on his back nine.

On Sunday (Monday NZT), it wouldn't budge.

The big-hitting American fired a four-under-par 66 at Missouri's Bellerive Country Club to earn a 16-under total and a two-shot victory from 14-time major victor Tiger Woods (64), with Australian Adam Scott (67) third at 13 under.

The PGA is the only one of the four majors Spieth hasn't won, and that probably won't change until May when the 2019 event is held at Bethpage Black, although Spieth is thinking more positively than others.

Whether you like him or not, you simply can not deny that there isn't a player alive today who grinds harder than Woods, who does not give up under any circumstance. "The energy in that place was unbelievable".

It looks like we're all going to have a hell of a lot of fun finding out. He went 33 on the front 9 and then holed pars five holes in a row.

That putt slid just past.

He made a sloppy par at the par-5 17th but was still in cruise control as Scott missed a short birdie putt to move within one. Woods slammed the head of his driver to the ground, then swung it violently in frustration.

The heart of the story on Sunday, amid the cauldron of final-round pressure and the 90-degree heat, was Woods' heart.

Crowds cheered the veteran through a thrilling round that saw him miss every front-nine fairway but take only 10 putts, scrambling from dirt, trees and bunkers to stay in the hunt.

A brilliant win for Koepka, adding the PGA Championship to his back-to-back US Open crowns.

On this day, he was celebrating the grind - and the fact that he simply would not go away.

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"I played hard, " he said after finishing the tournament at 14-under 266.

"My doctors, physios, trainers, everybody did an unbelievable job even to get me back out on the golf course, and to do what I've done is very impressive".

Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.

"I didn't know what the number was going to be this year".

Koepka was out of action for four months after being forced to undergo wrist surgery following the Sentry Tournament of Champions in the first week in January, and his long recovery process prevented him from competing at the Masters in April.

"It was just like turning back the hands of a clock", said Cink, who played alongside Woods.

No shots were more important than a four-hole stretch he played in 2 over that turned Sunday into what could be a free-for-all. When Tiger started making his little run, and then Scotty (Adam Scott) made his run, it got quite loud. His entire lead evaporated as Justin Thomas tied him at the top.

Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.

When people mocked Erin Hills as an unworthy U.S. Open test, Koepka answered them two months ago by acing what the USGA conceded was an unfair test at Shinnecock Hills, and he became the sport's first back-to-back national champ since Curtis Strange three decades earlier.

Up next is two rounds of captain's picks for Jim Furyk, three in the first and the one in the second.

Though he closes 2018 still without a major title since the 2008 US Open, it's hard, after a performance like this, to think the drought can last forever.

Brooks Koepka completed a double-dip at the 100th PGA Championship.

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