Tiger Woods did not win his elusive 15th career major title at the PGA Championship, but he came away encouraged after his best finish at a major in nearly a decade.
Woods fired a 6-under 64 in the final round Sunday, tied for the lowest score of the day, to finish at 14 under and two shots behind winner Brooks Koepka. With the strong showing at Bellerive Country Club, Woods likely cemented his spot on the Ryder Cup team as a captain’s pick.
“I’m just very pleased at what I’ve done so far and now to be a part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I’ve come to now in the last year, it’s been pretty cool,” said Woods.
What an incredible day of golf across the board. Tiger couldn’t have done much more, besides play a perfect, mistake-free round. He gave himself a shot with a 6-under 64 and birdied the 18th. If you’re going to take away one thing from this round, it’s that while Tiger may never be back to the player he was 10 years ago, he has what it takes to win. Now he just needs to do it.
Hole 18 – Par 4
TW ends his day and weekend with a great drive down the fairway. His approach safely finds the green and he goes out with style. Tiger drops the birdie putt for a 6-under 64. 14-under for the tournament. He’ll walk off the course T2 with Adam Scott and two strokes behind leader Brooks Koepa.
Hole 17 – Par 5
This could be it. Tiger went all-out with his driver here and this takes off right. Way, way right. There’s a lot of trouble right, including thick, long rough and a creek. Well, he’s safe of the creek but it’s not a good lie. It’s a awkward stance and he just punches this out into the fairway. He can get up-and-down for birdie from there, but it’s a lengthy approach. Not what he needed at all. This approach finds the greenside bunker. It’s not plugged or buried, so he’s got a chance to make something happen. This one doesn’t find the cup, and instead he’ll have to save par once again. He converts! Tiger’s not backing down just yet, but it appears to be too late. 5-under thru 17 (13-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepa jumps ahead at 16-under, followed by Adam Scott at 14-under and Tiger at 13-under.
Hole 16 – Par 3
Tiger’s tee shot is pin high to the right of the cup, a little over 10-feet left for birdie. At the very least, Tiger has given himself a chance. Those couple unforced errors are going to be really costly. He gave this one a ride but leaves it short. Par. 5-under thru 16 (13-under for the tournament).
Hole 15 – Par 4
Driver here and this one is smoked down the center of the fairway. He really needed that for his confidence. Tiger’s not giving up! He goes right at this pin and almost holes out. That’s another gimme-putt birdie. 5-under thru 15 (13-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott are tied at 14-under par, followed by Tiger at 13-under and a host of players at 10-under.
Hole 14 – Par 4
Well, that’s a momentum killer. Tiger goes back to the trusty iron and he loses this right into the gallery. He just can’t seem to figure it all out at the same time. This is thick and he takes a massive wack at it. He’s short of the bunker in the fairway still with a good look at the cup. Not good there. He leaves this one short, and it’ll be a tough putt for par from there. Wow. He hits this one just about perfect but clips the right edge. Man, that’s unfortunate. Bogey. 4-under thru 14 (12-under for the tournament).
Hole 13 – Par 3
This pin is tucked away to the back right and Tiger goes right at it. He lands his tee shot below the cup and this one rolls up to around 10 feet. Another birdie here would get Tiger just one shot off leader Brooks Koepka. He gave this one a long stare and it pays off. He raises his putter high to the sky as the putt slowly drops. This is getting wild. 5-under thru 13 (13-under for the tournament).
Hole 12 – Par 4
Driver here and it’s perfect down the right side of the fairway. He had absolutely no confidence in this club all day but his last two have been solid. He went pin-seeking here and sticks it about 5-feet from the hole. The greens crew is working on an issue with the hole, and the crowd has now erupted into “Let’s Go Tiger!” and “Let’s Go Gary!” chants. This is fun. He hits the putt and gets to 4-under thru 12 (12-under for the tournament).
Leaderboard update: Brooks Koepka has responded to Tiger’s run and has gotten to 14-under, followed by Tiger and Adam Scott at 12-under. Justin Thomas is in third at 11-under.
Hole 11 – Par 4
This is a driveable par 4 but Tiger lays up with iron. It’s the smart play, but let’s be honest, we all wanted him to grab driver and try to set up an eagle chance. Not a great effort here. He’s on the green and putting for birdie, but he went pin-seeking and threw this one a little long. No way. Tiger hit the just about perfect and it hung on the edge and refused to drop. If he loses by one, that’ll be a heart-breaker. Par. 3-under thru 11 (11-under for the tournament).