Tiger comes in 2nd behind Koepka at PGA Championship
Despite posting his best final round in a major championship in his career, Tiger Woods couldn't catch up to Brooks Koepka Sunday afternoon at Bellrive Country Club. Koepka finished at 16-under par, with Woods ended up alone in second at 14-under.
It was the second major championship for Brooks Koepka this year, while it was the ninth second place finish for Woods in his career. Tiger shot a 64 on Sunday, but it wasn't enough.
Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and that helped to build his lead. Crucial back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 turned the tide.
Woods struggled off the tee, something that's usually his strong point. He didn't make a single fairway on the front nine, but still made four birdies and shot a 32.
"I didn't drive it good all day," said Woods, who hit just 5 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens. "I was struggling with my golf swing. I warmed up hitting it left, I was hitting it right with every single club, even my sand wedge I wasn't doing very good. So I knew this was going to be a struggle to try and piece together a round and I did."
A bogie on 14 and a missed opportunity on 17 ultimately cost Tiger a chance to pull even with Koepka. Woods won $1.2 million for his second place finish, and has gone from being ranked 656th in the world back in January to 27th after Sunday's finish. He is also 20th in FedEx Cup points, which means he is a lock for the first three FedEx Cup playoff events.
But after contending in two major championships this year, maybe some of the old Tiger has returned for good.