Tiger Woods tied for 6th at PGA Championship after third-round 66

Brenda Watkins
August 13, 2018

Brooks Koepka has won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from revitalized Adam Scott.

Koepka blew out the U.S. Open field at Erin Hills previous year with a record-tying finish of 16 under, this after his short-game coach got right up in his face on the range and told him, "You're no good".

"Not just myself, but everyone's going to have to shoot low rounds", Woods said. Instead of being near or at the top of the leaderboard, he finds himself four shots back of Brooks Koepka, who leads the field by two. But he needed 18 putts on the back nine for a total of 30, and the difference between being closer to the lead.

The 14-time major champion lipped out for par at 14 before clawing the shot back when he knocked a stunning second to within a foot of the hole at the 15th, but Woods' chances effectively ended as he carved his drive into the hazard to the right of the long 17th.

That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all majors.

"I'm going to have to play aggressive", he said.

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.

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"I don't really feel from memory that I was ever really in contention on a Sunday at the PGA, although I've had some good results", Scott said. He recovered from that well enough to secure his third PGA tour victory on Super Bowl Sunday.

Six birdies in his first 13 holes offset a solitary bogey and lifted Woods, who started the day 10th, to within a shot of the lead amid increasing excitement.

"It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning", McIlroy said. "All in all, we'll play aggressive and just stick to what we've been doing".

He looks up to the task, based off his last couple of tournaments.

After failing to hit a fairway in regulation on the front nine, the four-time PGA Championship victor needed only 10 putts in an extraordinary display of scrambling.

For the record, Woods didn't hit a fairway on the front nine.

It left a sense of anti-climax, but Woods is still within reach of his 15th major, a situation few would have predicted at the start of a year which has seen the 42-year-old resurrect his career after debilitating injuries.

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