Brooks Koepka sees off Tiger Woods to win US PGA Championship

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Woods did not directly answer a question as to whether he had any expectations at the start of the year of contending in back-to-back majors.

Through it all, Koepka was calm, making shot after shot when it was needed the most.

Earlier, Koepka brought Bellerive to its proverbial knees with five birdies in an outward half of 30 strokes.

I'm going to be there either way, " said Woods, whose final-round 64 on Sunday left him two shots back of Brooks Koepka at raucous Bellerive Country Club. Just 11 months since the 14-time major champion admitted he "didn't know what the future holds" amid troublesome recovery from a fourth back surgery, Woods has made meaningful challenges for the Open and US PGA.

The first two groups are done with their final rounds at the PGA Championship, and yes, there are good scoring opportunities available. The old mark of 265 (15 under par) was established by David Toms in 2001 at Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course.

The 28-year-old becomes the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the same year. "So I had to figure this out on my own and it has been really hard, a lot harder than people think".

"I need to assess where I'm at. So just try to get to the top of the leaderboard and work from there".

"It's my focus. For some reason the majors get my attention". "When he needs to do it the most, he seems to perform the best".

Woods missed a 20-foot birdie putt at 16 for a share of the lead and sent his tee shot at the par-5 17th plugged into a hazard on the way to a par.

Former KU All-American Ryan Vermeer sizes up the birdie putt he made on No. 8 at Bellerive on Friday in the 100th PGA as John Daly waits his turn. This time, Woodland hit two bad green-side sand shots and one not very good one to score a 7 on the par 4.

They both missed six-foot birdies on the 17th, and Scott had to settle for third when he bogeyed the final hole for a 67. Instead Koepka went to the 18th with his two-shot lead intact.

When Woods birdied two of his first three holes to vault into second place, with iron shots that fell near the cups like stakes in the ground, the crowd noise sounded like huge detonations.

"I'm exhausted. I just need to eat some proper meals tonight and I felt my hydration was good all day, so it just takes a lot out of you", he said.

Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.

The Lehi resident made 24 birdies in 72 holes, finishing at 3 under.

Tiger started the day four back of Koepka, and despite the flailing off the tee on the front nine and some more on the back, Tiger kept turning back the clock - with a lengthy birdie putt on 12 and another at 13, to move him within one of the lead. This was a guy grateful for his game, a guy for whom second place was nearly unthinkable not even a year ago. "I played 29 holes in the heat". "Bit of a struggle with my game today". I was hanging in there, just grinding it out and trying to make as many birdies as possible. "For me to make triple on 10, to give myself a little bit of confidence, I told myself I did the same thing in Phoenix". "I'm getting a lot of support, which is nice. I feel like, if I do what I'm supposed to, I should win the golf tournament", Koepka said.

When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes, with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies.

You know the kind. "You (fans) are awesome, first off".

That Woods is not holding up a major championship trophy for the 15th time in his life can be traced back to one club: his putter. "It was fun. It made it enjoyable".

Whether you like him or not, you simply can not deny that there isn't a player alive today who grinds harder than Woods, who does not give up under any circumstance.

"Could've been a little closer", Woods said. "So that's a bummer". 14 and 16 en route to a Sunday 68 and a tie for sixth at 10 under par.

The US qualifying process ended Sunday with Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson taking the final four available spots, a list unchanged from the points leaders entering the week.

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