Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship

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Tony Finau watched his second shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, in St. Louis. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two U.S. majors that rotate to different courses in the same year.

US Open champion Koepka looked set to carve out a big advantage in his bid for a third major in two years, but came unstuck with successive bogeys on the back nine before recovering with a birdie on the 17th to close with a 66 of his own and 12-under 198.

Woods finished his round with 10 straight pars, including a sloppy three-putt on the par-5 17th hole.

No one caught Woodland, meaning his 36-hole score of 130 stood as the PGA Championship record.

Tough to swallow with the 2019 major season now eight months away.

Brooks Koepka has won the PGA Championship with machine-like precision despite it sounding like he was playing second billing to Tiger Woods.

Well, it's about to get even wilder Sunday. Seemed like everybody was between 2- and 4- or 5-under par. Woods tees off at 2:35 PM.

Four years and a day after winning the last of his four major titles in the 2014 US PGA at Valhalla, McIlroy gave himself a glimmer of hope with birdies on the 10th and 11th, only for the 29-year-old to double bogey the next after a wayward drive.

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

Woodland's fourth shot landed in the bunker, directly in the footsteps that he and his playing partner Kevin Kisner had made while playing previous sand shots. It would get even crazier. He blasted to a foot and made birdie to move back to 10 under and remain within two.

He then almost jarred his tee shot on the par-3 third.

"The overall day, I feel like I played well today", Woods said after his round.

The putt then dropped for a stunning birdie. That got Woods to 12 under par, however, he remained two back of an unflinching Koepka.

But that would be the climax.

With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive right after Woods closed within one shot.

He then flailed his driver in a hazard right at the 17th. Three golfers are at 9-under and Woods is among five golfers tied for sixth.

He did roll in a 19-footer for birdie at the last, though, for that 64.

"I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine", he said.

That's disappointing for Woods, but what a performance.

"[On Saturday], I was in there with Dustin, and everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka said.

In second place after a second consecutive round of 65 is Adam Scott, the likeable, dignified Australian who used five years...

But Woods' comeback has been a complete success. Or so many other majors over the past decade.