Tiger Woods' PGA Championship arrival had the golf world shook

Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2018

Brooks Koepka claimed his third major championship, having fended off stars like Justin Thomas and Adam Scott.

Woods' presence at a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event carries as much weight in the ratings as a major championship does without Tiger. If he was home watching on TV he'd be rooting for them if he wasn't playing. "At dinner the other night we were talking about what we were going to do [regarding picks] and I was like, 'Well, you have to wait for [Sunday] and you'll get a better idea". "I was hanging in there, grinding it out trying to make as many birdies as possible".

"I mean, everybody on the golf course heard it", said Koepka of the cheer that greeted Woods' 20-foot putt.

Koepka knew exactly what to do.

The Americans will face a different challenge from the forgiving fairways and fast greens of Hazeltine as they seek to lift the Cup on European soil for the first time in 25 years at Le Golf National just outside of Paris. "I hit the ball beautifully, but to contend week in, week out, I have to get better in those areas". Koepka and Johnson, and Thomas and Fowler played together in the Presidents Cup previous year.

Will Woods win another major? Even in defeat it was hard not to find a measure of victory for Woods and for the company who now builds and services his equipment. Why did Woods' second place finish lead every single sports talk show on Monday instead of the guy who actually won the tournament? He completed his second round Saturday morning with a 66, and then had another 66 in the afternoon that was so good it was the worst he could have shot.

At this major, it wasn't enough.

I did have a small bet on Francesco Molinari at [100.0] in-running last night and I backed both Scot and Woods at huge prices with a couple of holes to play, just in case something freaky happened but prior to that, the end was a bit nerve-wracking as I didn't back Scott or Woods early on.

Koepka was responsible for that.

Koepka set the PGA Championship record with a four-day score of 16-under 264.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

He thinks Koepka will win many more tournaments, including majors.

"He's won three majors now, so he's definitely winning the right ones", Scott said. I agree with Mark, it seems a bit daft to give them so much stick. "I just kind of keep doing what I'm doing, keep plugging away, kind of hide behind closed doors sometimes, which is nice - kind of the way I'd like to keep it". "There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that that's what he's destined to do".

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Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming.

At last month's British Open, a fan yelled during a Woods tee shot on the 72nd hole.

He rebounded well, though, birdieing two of the next four holes.

That was as good as it got. He followed by blocking his drive on 17 to the right of a creek that skirts the right-hand side of the par-5 hole. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.

"He had one putter in his bag for the better part of two decades that's done incredibly well for him and it will always be part of him".

Woods, a 14-time major champion, is on the team as a vice-captain, a role he filled at the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup while he was out with a potentially career-ending back injury.

Either way, Tiger made another four birdies on the back nine, finishing up with eight for the day and a 64.

Koepka never imagined a year like this. "This guy started out the year injured", Furyk said. Maybe that's why I didn't really mind signing up to the free trial with Elevensports to watch this year's renewal of the US PGA Championship and I'm glad I did.

The only downer is having to wait eight months for the Masters.