Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Tiger challenges in PGA Championship

Tiger challenges in PGA Championship

Woods punched the air in jubilation, seemingly feeding off the gallery's energy.

And Woods' last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee shot on the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole.

Koepka couldn't help but smile, listening to it unfold. "I haven't driven it perfectly or anything, but decisive - decision-making has been a good part of my game this week".

In contrast, Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.

"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle", Woods said. "[Hitting it] 320 in the air is like a chip shot [for him]".

Coming in second at -14, two shots behind Brooks Koepka, also left Woods with one hell of a consolation prize.

"That was like a laser", said Koepka's caddie, Ricky Elliott.

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Sixteen months after a spinal fusion that was successful beyond his wildest dreams, the 42-year-old is back as one of the best players in the world. While he bogeyed the fifth and then followed a birdie at the ninth with a three-putt at the 10th before fighting back.

Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.

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Soon, perhaps those fans should be cheering for Koepka - and with the interest surrounding Wood's resurgence likely to build at every tournament, it should be easy for this bright talent to capitalise.

Usually 24 birdies in four rounds, which is the number Tony Finau had at the PGA Championship, would be enough to win the tournament. It's some pretty robust company: Gene Sarazen (1922), Ben Hogan (1948), Nicklaus (1980) and Woods (2000).

Furyk said Wednesday he was open to the idea of Woods serving double duty as a player and vice-captain but wanted to see what worked best for the team if that possibility arose.

"I actually never thought about that", Koepka said, grinning as he turned that potential reality over in his mind.

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"I mean, you have to because you know he's right there if you fall."
I guess I had two chances but I didn't really contend the back nine at Augusta.

"I'm excited for the next few years".

"I missed putts on 14 and 15 and Brooks didn't and my momentum was gone", Scott said.

A brilliant reception for Tiger as he heads back to the clubhouse. You look at what Dustin [Johnson] is doing, Justin [Thomas], Rory [McIlroy], [Jordan] Spieth.

The 14-time major victor was sporting his traditional Sunday red with some shades on, but it was the addition of his cap being worn backwards which got fans on social media talking. "They definitely made me question it there for a bit, for sure".

Woods completed a 66 in the delayed second round on Saturday morning and added another in round three, but ran out of steam after a front nine of 31 and 10 closing pars included a three-putt from 20 feet on the 17th. But the game rolls on, and new faces emerge.

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