Tiger electrifies Bellerive with final-round 64 at PGA

Koepka holds off Woods and Scott in thrilling US PGA

The 14-time major champion, eight months into his comeback following spinal fusion surgery, fired a six-under-par 64 in the final round at Bellerive Country Club to finish second to two-time US Open champion Koepka by two shots.

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

The 14-time major victor fired his lowest final round in a major, a six-under par-64, on Sunday to finish second at the PGA Championship - and a career once seen as over might just have some magic left in it after all. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars". "It was fun. It made it enjoyable. When you're firing at flags you have to be calm and focus on every shot". With hindsight, I needn't have backed either of them at all but I was more than happy to pay a little for insurance very late on so I could enjoy a celebratory beer or two.

"I mean, you have to because you know he's right there if you fall".

"I've played it a number of times and I've got an idea of what we are looking for and the type of player who will be successful there".

The lesson is clear: When Woods is absent, the casual fans tune out.

"Making that putt at least gave me a chance", Woods said.

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USA captain Jim Furyk formally announces the eight automatic qualifiers for America's Ryder Cup team - Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. He was "pretty ticked" then and just short of jubilant here - which he cautiously hopes can make for a springboard breakthrough. "I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to, I should win the golf tournament", Koepka said.

Woods himself referred to his return to the year's first major at the Masters at Augusta as "a miracle".

Brooks Koepka claimed the US PGA championship
Brooks Koepka claimed the US PGA championship

The #PGAChampionship writing is on the wall for victor Brooks Koepka.

"I had to go get it and I tried", Woods said. "Bit of a struggle with my game".

Woods finally found fairways on the back nine, but endured heartache at 11 when his 28-foot birdie putt hung on the edge of the cup, the ball refusing to fall until he tapped it in for par. "I was hanging in there with my mind and it got me through".

The top eight American golfers in the Ryder Cup rankings at the end of the PGA Championship's final round automatically earn spots on their respective teams.

"Other than me, my team, everybody was rooting for Tiger", he said.

When Brooks Koepka secured his maiden PGA Championship with a comfortable one-foot putt on the eighteenth, it was nearly an anti-climax after the wild scenes that had greeted the preceding [Woods] group to the gallery.

The impact was dramatic for rivals as well.

"This is motivation to kick on, make the most of the rest of this year and go into next year's [majors] season full of confidence". "What is important is how well Tiger has played".

Woods missed a 20-footer for birdie at 16 then had to scramble for par on the par-5 17th, a hole he likely needed to eagle to have a chance.

"I was trying to pick out courses on our Tour that are similar to Le Golf National", the captain said.

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