Tiger Woods could be leading the PGA Championship, but he's not

13 August, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow by two shots over Francesco Molinari Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed

Armed with a two-shot lead overnight, Koepka made a confident start when he holed from eight feet for birdie at the first, but he opened the door for the chasing pack when errant drives at the fourth and fifth led to bogeys and trimmed his advantage to one.

It was also the lowest final round in a major championship Woods has shot his entire career. Adam Scott is alone in second place, two strokes back.

Tied for sixth at 8-under par, Woods has his work cut out for him if he wants to catch leader Brooks Koepka, who sits four shots ahead at 12-under par. Rickie Fowler has a chance to win this thing at age 29, and to finally hand off the scarlet letters BPNTWAM (Best Player Never To Win A Major) to some other poor soul.

"I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to, I should win the golf tournament", Koepka said.

Despite not walking away with his first PGA Tour win since 2013, the 100th PGA Championship will always be remembered for Tiger's incredible performance.

"He recognised who that guy was that day", Bjorn said.

However, that didn't stop Woods from continuing to hit jaw-dropping shots to send the crowd into a frenzy.

It is only the second time that two players have shot 63 on the same day at a major, after Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf at the 1980 US Open.


A roar resounded across the 7,316-yard layout when Woods dropped a six-foot birdie putt at the par-5 eighth to pull level with the chase pack behind Koepka and Woodland.

That left Woodland a shot behind Kisner going into the front nine - where the pair continued to exchange the lead in a thrilling battle.

You need only to see the tail to understand why. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

The powerfully built Koepka also demonstrated his mental strength during an enthralling final round as Woods, backed by a massive howling gallery, kept up the pressure right until the end rolling in a 20-foot birdie at 18. He has been motivated by more serious moments, from being left off the "notable scores" section of TV coverage at tournaments and even last week, when he was not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.

Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had three bogeys against two birdies over the first 10 holes in round three.

And, in many ways, it felt like old times for the 42-year-old - he of the multiple back surgeries who could barely swing a club a few years back, but has now contended on the back nine in consecutive majors, only to come up short, more agonizingly so this time than at Carnoustie three weeks ago.

"I didn't think he had a hope in hell of winning a major again", Nick Faldo admitted about Woods on US TV broadcaster CBS, "and now you'd have to say he does".

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