Tony Finau ties PGA Championship record with 10 birdies
13 August, 2018, 08:23 | Author: Dominic Spencer
The solo second was Woods' best result this season, eclipsing the T2, behind victor Paul Casey, at the Valspar Championship in mid-March. With Woods charging and with playing partner Adam Scott making a move, he didn't budge.
LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk. It's like, 'Yeah, OK.' I don't know what to say to that.
That Woods is not holding up a major championship trophy for the 15th time in his life can be traced back to one club: his putter.
Koepka was waltzing along with a five-shot lead until his flawless 43-hole stretch ended with a bogey at the par-four 14th.
"They've been unbelievable, not only supportive, but just so positive", Woods said Saturday.
"With so many big names, you would expect two or three of them to really make a run, make a push to get off to a good start and challenge me".
Koepka was responsible for that.
Woods finally found his first fairway at the 10th, left a birdie putt on the lip at the 11th, then birdied the 12th and 13th holes with approaches inside 10 feet.
Koepka set the PGA Championship's 72-hole scoring record at 264.
It was Woods' first runner-up finish at a major since the 2009 PGA, while his 266 total score is the lowest of his major championship career.
"I wasn't working on the right things", Spieth explained, which sounds odd for someone who was named PGA Tour Player of the Year for 2015.
Woods has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event in five years.
It's the first time the 28-year-old American has led a major alone entering the final round.
Koepka with a chance for birdie on the 16th, to send him two shots clear of Scott, three ahead of Tiger.
Finau began this wild ride Friday afternoon with five straight birdies, four of them from between 20 and 25 feet, the shortest one at 12 feet.
After a hard few years with Woods dealing with multiple back problems and personal issues, Woods finally looks like he can return to the top of golf.
Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming.
"I was pretty ticked at the British Open, " Woods said. "He recognized who that guy was that day", Bjorn said. While others were making birdies all over Bellerive, Fowler did, well, nothing.
Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.
That was as good as it got.
And Woods' last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee shot on the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole. Woods had to get up and down from a bunker to save par.
He tied Koepka for the lead after flagging his tee shot at the par-three 13th and sinking the seven-footer.
Tiger Woods shot a final round 64 to finish two shots behind Koepka. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.
Four others - Koepka, 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas, Masters victor Patrick Reed and top-ranked Dustin Johnson, had already clinched berths no matter how they fared this week.
He looks up to the task, based off his last couple of tournaments.
He now is No. 2 in the world, with a shot at overtaking Johnson in two weeks when the FedEx Cup playoffs start.
Only a three-putt bogey at the fifth hole halted his progress, though he put the setback quickly behind him to birdie the next three holes.
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