CRAWFORD | Thomas threatens, but Woods, Koepka capture PGA spotlight

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The 28-year-old Floridian is a different kind of golfer.

Fox Sports Golf host Holly Sonders and golf course design analyst Gil Hanse on the 2018 U.S. Open and the difficulty of the Shinnecock Hills course. But remember he was late to the party having only returned to regular PGA Tour action at the start of this year.

Woods' chances finally receded when he could only make par on the long 17th after finding trouble off the tee while Koepka was reeling off successive birdies on the 15th and 16th to pull clear in the three-way battle for the Wanamaker Trophy.

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.

Now he has contended at two major championships, posted five top-10 finishes and moved back among the top 30 in the world. I'd just keep doing what he's doing because he's showing up at the right moments in the biggest events. The book always looked nice and healthy.

"Either way, when you look at Tiger Woods as a player, as a vice captain, no matter what tag you put on that role, he's a huge asset to the team".

'There have been times this year when I didn't think he had a hope in hell of winning another major but now you have to say that he does.

Sunday's overnight rating reflects a jump of 69 percent from last year's PGA Championship (3.6) and is up 56 percent from the 2016 PGA's 3.9. "I knew it was going to be a struggle to piece together a round and I did".

"Hopefully we can come back soon", Tiger said.

Yet all the qualities that made him the most dominant player we have ever seen in his prime are gradually returning to view: the brilliant iron play, the deft touch around the greens, the peerless putting stroke and, most of all, that indefatigable will.

"To win two majors is really incredible", Koepka told CNN Sport. And it didn't cost anything! "So I need to try to continue that because this is definitely a good time of year to peak".

Woods started Sunday four shots behind Koepka, and though the four-time US PGA champion failed to hit a single fairway on the front nine, he was still three under at the turn.

Woods' performance at the PGA elevated him from 20th on the Ryder Cup points list to 11th. Both of those are going to be redundant now. It may be worth looking for another one to break his duck at Augusta in April but surely Rickie Fowler needs to be swerved at the sort of prices he goes off at?

Despite his superb win, the Tiger Woods revival means that his spotlight is far dimmer than it deserves to be.

From grinding out pars and turning awful tee shots into unlkikely birdies to deadly accuracy with approaches and putts, the 42-year-old star who hasn't won a major since the 2008 US Open turned back the clock. The chances of him ever catching Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 are wafer thin to non-existent but another one is certainly doable.

It is Cink's third top-10 on the PGA TOUR since June coupled with his T4 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and a T2 at the Travelers Championship.

However, Koepka was immune to the pressure and calmly went about his business. His 13-under total was good for third place, one back of Woods and three off the pace.