After failing to hit a fairway in regulation on the front nine, the four-time PGA Championship victor needed only 10 putts in an extraordinary display of scrambling. That gave him a solo runner-up, his seventh second place in a major, as he finished two shots back of Koepka's 16-under winning total. There was Adam Scott, the Australian carrying the memory of friend Jarrod Lyle, who died this week after a long fight with cancer.
On this occasion, he made six birdies in the first 12 holes, closing the gap on runaway leader Webb Simpson to four shots.
The biggest buzz, as always, belonged to Woods. He hit a 4-iron so pure on the par-5 17th hole that he immediately began walking off to it, and thousands of fans roared when it settled 20 feet from the hole for an eagle that could have brought him within one of the lead. A bogey at the first, then five straight pars made him, it seemed, an afterthought amid all the drama around him.
Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, in many ways Woods's four-under 66 was, for nine holes at least, a rollicking trip down Memory Lane, given the third round charges that were once his calling card having largely disappeared. I should've been more aware of the potential outcome of his next shot.
"I just have to play my own game and just be patient". 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. This time, on Sunday at the PGA, the ball stopped.
The 28-year-old Koepka successfully defended his breakthrough 2017 US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills this year.
Brown bought the costume on Amazon, and said it arrived about a week ago-in plenty of time for the big event.
"I told myself exactly that on 11 tee", Woodland said of his triple in Phoenix.
"I made a couple of extra putts for par to keep the momentum going, and that's probably the difference between most of my golf generally over the last 12 months. The energy's been fantastic, which I really fed off, so I'm excited for that". Only four men have won the U.S. Open and PGA in the same season: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. But it's a pretty intense environment out there.
"It's fun to play well in a major and feel the tingle of excitement", Cink said.
"Hearing the crowd, and Tiger's performing great, it was like turning back the hands of the clock". "So just try to get to the top of the leaderboard and work from there".
But his experience on the back nine at Bellerive was different, in part because of storms that took him off the course in the middle of his second round Friday and brought him back for a 7 a.m. restart Saturday.
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