Koepka beats Tiger Woods to win US PGA, Scott third

Emmett Rice
August 13, 2018

"It's good but it's also disappointing at the same time", admitted Woods after his third round. "And I made sure I did on 17".

"I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine", he said.

Koepka was responsible for that.

With a birdie at No. 8, Woods moved back to 10-under, somehow hanging in there despite his lack of familiarity with the fairways for a stretch.

Tiger Woods, you beauty.

Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol.

While it's going to be a hard task for Woods to claim a 15th major win this week, it's not out of the question.

The putt tracer clearly lied to us because Tiger's attempt to save par followed that track perfectly.

Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming. The round, equaling his lowest of this comeback season, will likely not be good enough to win major number 15, but he had a legitimate chance to win for the second consecutive major after tying for 6th at last month's British Open. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us".

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 he ended with a 20-foot birdie putt at 18.

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Woods could not hit a fairway at all on the front nine - in fact he hit exactly zero - but somehow kept pushing forward. I got to give it a rap up the hill, it's steep, I know that -- there wasn't a whole lot of grass over there on the right side of the green and I thought that I should have played it faster than what I was thinking. The kicker came at the par 5 17th.

Australian Scott produced a ball-striking round of impeccable quality, a 65 the best score of the afternoon, marred only by a couple of missed putts, including a seven-footer at the last.

Koepka, who missed the Masters with a left wrist injury, opened birdie-birdie to grab the lead after playing partner Woodland made bogey at the second, but Woodland birdied the third hole to pull level.

It might have had a little something to do with Tiger, but fellow golfer Justin Thomas said he's never seen crowds like this before.

"I feel like I've been doing all the right stuff, and I just haven't been doing it on the golf course".

He never imagined what it would take for him just to get to the weekend.

Koepka joked about working out in a public gym this week with Dustin Johnson and not being recognised. And with the FedEx Cup Playoffs approaching, Tiger has the golf world on notice.

Spaniard Jon Rahm, halfway leader Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler, hunting his long-awaited first major, are a further stroke behind.

After overshooting the green at the par-3 sixth, Woods couldn't get up and down from the back bunker and made bogey. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth.

This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.

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