Koepka a different beast during majors, Golf News & Top Stories

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2018

American Brooks Koepka climbed to number two in the world rankings after winning his second major of the year at the PGA Championship while runner-up Tiger Woods climbed 24 spots to 26th.

Woods finished eleventh on the qualifying table, three places short of automatic qualification.

"Our captain has some decisions to make after the first (FedEx Cup) playoff events, and we'll sit down and give him our input and what we think and who should be on the team, and who can contribute to the team", Woods said, "and hopefully my name will be part of that process". He shot 64 and if you had dropped anyone else in those positions they would have shot a 74.

"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle", Woods said. "You want guys that have had a good solid season".

Woods's thrilling rise up the leader board Sunday at the PGA Championship had crowds and TV viewers flocking to see how he would finish, bringing back to the game a level of excitement and interest not often seen since before his physical and personal struggles.

Koepka fired the lowest 72-hole score in tournament history, one shot under the old mark set by American David Toms in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Drama? That was Woods' domain.

Furyk said there is no defined number of players vying for the captain's picks and that the door is open for players now not on the radar to put themselves in position during the FedExCup Playoffs, which begin with next week's The Northern Trust in Paramus, N.J. After wasting one chance to put it away by missing consecutive birdie chances from 7 feet, Koepka kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No 15 and 7 feet on No16 to end the drama.

But he did not quit.

I hesitated posting this, but this is the 5th Tee box on Sunday.

Roars echoed through the trees at Bellerive.

Koepka admits he doesn't show much emotion, but says that's a deliberate move to counter his youthful temper. But, it was not to be, as his challenge was derailed by a double-bogey at the 11th and a bogey at the 12th and, despite a birdie at the 14th, he had to settle for another level-par 71 which left him three shots behind the victor Francesco Molinari. That putt at 18 told him all he needs to know. "I would never have forseen that a year ago", Woods said.

Koepka, in fact, birdied the first hole at Bellerive on Sunday.

It's probably not going to happen because the PGA of America is just that; but they could completely reinvent their championship by taking it around the world.

As for the Ryder Cup, Furyk ended up with the same eight players who started the week atop the USA standings.

"I'm sure most people think that is very un-entertaining, and very blah on the golf course", he said. Really, what we wanted to talk about today was the top eight players.

The 14-time Major victor, who had whipped the massive gallery into a frenzy on the front nine, sent them into absolute hysteria with two more birdies at 12 and 13 that again vaulted him within one of the lead.

"To do that is incredible and to look back where I was four months ago is incredible".

Koepka, meanwhile, won his third major. "I need to continue doing that, because once you're satisfied, you're only going to go downhill".

It was another close call in a what has been a positive full-time return to the PGA Tour for Woods this season following three years of injury trouble.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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