Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods for PGA Championship

Poulter's playing-partner Rickie Fowler set the early pace

Tiger Woods walks the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

And yes, that includes Tiger Woods, too.

But 2013 Masters victor Scott's charge fizzled when he missed a short birdie putt at the 17th, which would have cut Koepka's lead to just one. "You know, I have a lot of self-belief".

"Our captain has some decisions to make after the first playoff events", Woods said.

Brooks Koepka shot 4-under 66 to finish at 16-under 264. "I just don't think I hit it hard enough, and that's a shame. I can't wait to duel it out with them".

Koepka was responsible for that.

In the end, however, the dream came crashing down - into a ravine on the 17 hole to be exact where he hit his drive when a birdie was an absolute must.

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. His major finishes this year: 32nd at the Masters, cut in the U.S. Open, tied for sixth at the British, and, now, second at the PGA. For those counting, that's three major championship wins in his last six major starts.

The victory places the 28-year-old in elite company as he joins Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season.

Koepka merely put an exclamation mark on his spot, while Justin Thomas showed he's in fine form with a final-round 68 and top-10 finish.

Adam Scott flirted with becoming only the fourth Australian player with multiple major titles before finishing third behind Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

However, Koepka regained control of the championship on the 15th hole, when he drilled a 10-foot birdie putt into the center of the cup to take a one-shot lead.

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Woods is close. He's back.

Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming.

British Open victor Francesco Molinari of Italy and England's Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood helped secure their lead in the European points spots with solid showings at the PGA, Molinari sharing sixth and Hatton sharing 10th. "He recognized who that guy was that day", Bjorn said. Then there was 11, when his birdie opportunity slammed on the brakes on the lip of the cup, only unlike 2005 at the Masters, it didn't drop.

Woods' front nine charge - 4-under - came to a screeching halt on the back.

But the biggest story of the day was the resurgence of Woods, who at one stage was just a shot out of the lead midway through the back nine.

That was as good as it got. His ball ended up in a gnarly tuft of rough and he was unable to advance the ball to the green and save par. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

But Koepka was not to be denied as the American claimed his third major in 14 months.

"The energy was incredible, " Woods said. "All in all, we'll play aggressive and just stick to what we've been doing".

Koepka never imagined a year like this.

"It is hard to rationalize everything after leading with four holes to play and you want to win from that position". Koepka was in the penultimate group at the U.S. Opens he won.

Koepka joked about working out in a public gym this week with Dustin Johnson and not being recognized. He has been motivated by more serious moments, from being left off the "notable scores" section of TV coverage at tournaments and even last week, when he was not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.

Adam Scott starts the day two shots behind Koepka. Thomas turned birdie into bogey at the turn with a three-putt from 5 feet, and he missed a short par putt on the 14th to fall back.

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