Koepka shrugs off fan apathy after yet another major

Elena Summers
August 13, 2018

That's why a tournament won by Brooks Koepka nonetheless will be most remembered for the much-coveted re-emergence of runner-up Woods ... and what it may portend.

And it still felt - and sounded - like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods.

Woods began the day four shots off the lead in a tie for sixth, exactly the same position he was in after 54 holes of the Open Championship at Carnoustie, where he would move into a one-shot lead with eight holes to play before fading to sixth.

Woods, for the second major in a row, looked the victor near the turn when he closed within one en route to a stunning 64.

The 42-year-old, who only returned to competitive action in November after spinal fusion surgery last April, missed from seven feet for birdie on the first but converted from three feet on the second and nearly holed his tee shot on the third to set up another gain.

"I was in contention in the last two majors and would never have foreseen that a year ago and I'm just so thankful to be here", Woods said.

When the U.S. Ryder Cup team is in France next month to defend their title, Tiger Woods will likely be on the squad after his excellent showing on Sunday at the PGA Championship.

"I don't have answer for it, but I'm glad it happened".

"It was so close to the hole, I didn't want to take away from anything that he was doing because I knew he needed to make the putt, and I kind of wanted to get out of his way".

"For some reason the majors get my attention ..." I was always trailing.

He has now contended on the back nine on Sunday in consecutive majors - making it clear that Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Spieth and the rest of that generation could very well have to deal with him, and all the baggage that comes with him, in majors in 2019 and beyond. Decker's son and daughter made sure their dad got to be picked.

Justin Thomas also had a chance to join Woods as the only back-to-back PGA champions in stroke play, and he was tied for the lead briefly on the front nine when Koepka missed fairways and made two straight bogeys. I struck it so well at Firestone [WGC-Bridgestone Invitational], I just wasn't putting well. He missed a good chance for birdie at the drivable par-4 11th, but bounced back with two more birdies to put pressure on the contenders. That's better than for a couple of years, I would say.

He had a two-way miss going with his long clubs on the driving range, then came out to the course and missed all seven fairways on the front nine.

Woods, who hasn't won a major title since the 2008 US Open and hasn't won any title in five years, proved he is a legitimate major title contender once again at age 42 with an epic 64, his low final round in a major, which he concluded with a 20-foot birdie putt at 18, the crowd roaring as he walked off.

Fellow Australian Day was fighting to keep his head above water during a 71 that dropped the 2015 victor to a share of 19th at seven under.

Cameron Smith played his second great round in three days to card a 66 and leapfrog up to T56 at one under. Will we ever see him win another major?

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