Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship

Jordan sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Jordan Spieth sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive
Stacy Diaz | 13 August, 2018, 11:14

Thomas, known to get angry then move on, recovered quickly with birdies at Nos. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV in chalets. It sounds like a good place to post a low PGA score. We don't know what to do with that. "It's soft, it's gettable, and you can't just go out there and make a bunch of pars". I was playing so well, hitting so many putts.

Koepka knew exactly what to do.

Scott clawed into a tie for the lead with five holes left but could not match Koepka's consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th holes at Bellerive Country Club. The Florida State product was bogey-free 5-under thru 13 holes, squared back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15, and wrapped up his scoring with a two-putt birdie-4 at 17, his sixth birdie of the round. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather. I'm getting a lot of KU and Mizzou people yelling back and forth.

Despite the steady improvement in his major finishes for the year, after finishing 41st at the US Open and 39th at the Open Championship, Fox didn't rate Bellerive his best performance on the big stage.

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 US captain Jim Furyk.

Koepka is the first man to win two majors in the same calendar year since Jordan Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015. Koepka won two of the three majors he played this year, and three of his last six.

That Koepka has won three of the past seven majors.

Woods was among 77 players who returned early on Saturday to complete the weather-delayed second round. Woods fashioned a round-low-tying 64 on Sunday to finish at 14 under while Scott shot a 3-under 67 with a bogey on the closing hole.

"To hole in one on a Saturday at a major was really special".

At this major, it wasn't enough.

"I played hard, " Woods said. "I made a little bit of a run, but I'm coming up a couple shots short".

Koepka was responsible for that. On No. 11, Woods had 27 feet for birdie. So if Chris Thompson can finish strong in the final two weeks of the Tour regular season and finish in the top 25, there could be a few PGA tour events featuring three Jayhawks.

Three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, needing only the PGA to complete a career Grand Slam, shared 28th on 206 and appeared unlikely to make a charge at history in the final round.

Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies.

Less likely to make the team is ninth-ranked Bryson DeChambeau, who missed a four-foot putt at his final hole on Saturday to miss the cut by one stroke.

"To do this is truly incredible", Koepka said.

This from Scott: "If I was him, I wouldn't change much at the moment". I mean, he becomes a contender. "There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that that's what he's destined to do".

Tiger Woods was the story on Sunday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. "And I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far, and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the previous year, it's been pretty cool". "He recognized who that guy was that day", Bjorn said.

"It started with the first putt, just ran it by", Woods said after his round.

That was as good as it got. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.

But after pitching to 10 feet he holed the putt for par, celebrating with a fist pump before the ball had actually dropped into the cup.

Koepka received a nice and heartfelt ovation when he tapped in for a par to clinch the third major championship of his life and his second in two months.

"It kind of pushes you to step up your game", Koepka said after he held off Woods. "All in all, we'll play aggressive and just stick to what we've been doing". "I was hitting it left and right and I had to pick a side".

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