PGA Championship showing all but earns Woods Ryder Cup berth


Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 16th tee during the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 18, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. But after the scrambling, club-slamming, fist-pumping, electrifying show he put on over a round of 6-under 64 _ his best closing round at a major _ who can argue that golf isn't more fun when Tiger's in the mix?

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.

The Governor of Missouri says that means good things for the future of golf in St. Louis and Missouri.

"I was pretty ticked at the British Open", Woods added. "The beginning of the back nine, I could hear all the roars". "I'm just so thankful to be here".

"Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible. And I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far, and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the past year, it's been pretty cool".

In the frenzy of excitement that greeted Tiger Woods making his final round charge, it is nearly easy to forget that Woods did not actually win anything in St Louis.

However, his challenge stuttered on the back nine with a run of frustrating pars, wasting an eagle chance by three-putting the 17th, to finish on eight-under 202.

However, Koepka was immune to the pressure and calmly went about his business. "It kind of pushes you to step up your game". When he was an assistant captain for Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup, he noted that he was hitting only chip shots and said, "I don't know what my future holds".

Koepka is on top of the golfing world but he got a first-hand look on Sunday of what to expect should Woods make Furyk's team. "I knew it was going to be a struggle to piece together a round and I did".

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It might have had a little something to do with Tiger, but fellow golfer Justin Thomas said he's never seen crowds like this before.

Meanwhile, Koepka was making back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to get to 16 under and seize control of the tournament. I didn't have a golf swing.

Caused controversy after his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in 2014 by claiming he was one of the top five players in the world, but was unbeaten later that year at Gleneagles with three-and-a-half points from four matches.

"Tiger's coming", yelled one of the few spectators who bothered hanging around to watch Koepka and Scott after Woods had been through.

"Three majors at 28 - it's a cool feeling". Spent four weeks as world number one earlier this season.

Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, missed a short birdie putt at the par-5 17th and made bogey 18 to finish third but was pleased with his overall effort.

If you're someone who gets defensive about how much you use your phone, you might want to close your browser app right now. Every leaderboard that changed, no matter what hole you were on, you knew what Tiger did, and it's a really fun atmosphere to be in. "Mayhem. Madness. Awesome. Just a great, great day". I don't think there was anything all that memorable about it.

"It's not like I forgot what to do playing in the final group of a major", Scott said.

"This is motivation to kick on, make the most of the rest of this year and go into next year's (majors) season full of confidence".