Important thing is how well Woods has played, says Ryder Cup captain

Important thing is how well Woods has played, says Ryder Cup captain

He was already two under on the day and in the early stages of mounting a charge on leader Brooks Koepka. I think that's always great to have the support of fans and as many people as you can behind you, and I try to do that.

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"I like to lay low, I like to hang back. Everybody on the golf course cheers for him". Had it not been for an ill-timed tee shot on the back nine, a barely missed putt on the front nine, and some scattered mistakes the first three days, this could've been a vastly different week in golf history. His best shot during a final round of 4-under 66 was a lasered 4-iron to the 16th green that landed 6 feet away and set up a birdie.

"I mean, everybody on the golf course heard it (the noise)", said Koepka.

Woods in his prime treated second place with contempt, but his perspective has changed with time and an ailing body. Really what we wanted to talk about today was the top eight players.

Woods won the most recent of his 14 major championships at the 2008 U.S. Open. Koepka finished top of the standings courtesy of his second major of the season.

Woods is certainly box office.

The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major. Bryson DeChambeau sits in ninth, followed by Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut at the PGA, and Woods, who climbed nine spots to No. 11 with his second-place finish in St. Louis. At this major, it wasn't enough.

"I played hard", Woods said.

Koepka was responsible for that. He drained his longest putt of the tournament, a 19-footer putt for birdie, and pumped his fist to celebrate.

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However, he'll need to maintain that run heading into the final event of the season, the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. "Going from that to even being able to play this year to this, it's absolutely mind blowing", Koepka said.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

But four weeks a year, during the Majors, he has no problem locking in his concentration.

Koepka held off dramatic challenges from both Woods and Adam Scott to add the PGA to his two US Open titles.

"He's won three majors now, so he's definitely winning the right ones", Scott said.

At the end of previous year, he suffered a wrist injury that kept him out of several tournaments, including the Masters in April. I warmed up hitting it left, I was hitting it right. "There's something inside his brain that makes him believe that that's what he's destined to do". Hogan won a couple of times when it was still match play and Woods won four times.

That was as good as it got.

After years of being a relative non-factor, Woods has seen a resurgence of late that has brought forth the roars from the gallery which used to be so commonplace during his more dominant years. He did well to advance it but had to save par from a bunker.

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, on August 12, 2018.

Koepka may have entertained a few doubts, but he never got sidetracked.

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