Brooks Koepka wins second major of season at 2018 PGA Championship


Tiger Woods makes stunning charge but Brooks Koepka holds on for third major win.

ST. LOUIS - For the second consecutive major championship, Tiger Woods finds himself in contention heading to the final round.

Woods started the day with five birdies in his first eight holes.

On this day, he was celebrating the grind - and the fact that he simply would not go away. "I was giving him crap because he let us down on the back nine with only three birdies". Tiger didn't get what he needed at all. He tied Gary Player's record for the most birdies in a round in the PGA Championship.

Could Sunday in the PGA Championship be the day Tiger Woods breaks through with his first victory in a major since 2008?

"The difference between the level I think I've played at and the top level is very fine and really after a little while it's just that little bit of confidence that you lack", Scott said after his six-birdie round was blemished only by a closing bogey on the ninth. "I bogeyed the last, but sometimes when you have bad shots, you're going to make bogey".

"If you look at it, I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine", he said.

Koepka was responsible for that. But he missed 5-footers for par at the 10th and 12th holes surrounding a birdie at the 11th. He then bogeyed the final hole to slip out of a tie for second.

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Last year, victor Justin Thomas received $1.89 million.

However, his efforts were still not enough as Koepka became the first man since Woods in 2000 to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season.

Woods had a similar outlook after his round: "Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds".

Scott, who had posted only one top-10 in his last 13 major starts, then pulled his drive way left at the last and could not salvage a par to ensure that Woods finished alone in second place, with Scott's 67 leaving him three adrift of the champion.

The St Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods - he last was at Bellerive when the September 11 terrorist attacks cancelled a World Golf Championship - and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time. Brown, who's been to numerous PGA Championships in his life, said he hasn't seen crowds like these before.

Woods capped a 6-under 64 with a long birdie putt at the 18th, pumping his fist as if he had won.

Ten years removed from his 14th and most recent major title, he displayed shades of his pre-back surgery greatness with a near-flawless front nine on the rain-soaked layout.

Woodland is the only one to make a triple bogey on No. 10 in the event, but the par-4 hole was the hardest on the course Saturday with a 4.3 average, compared to the easiest, the par-5 17th (4.45). That was as good as it got.