United States of America confirms eight for Ryder Cup, door still open for Tiger


Brooks Koepka held off dramatic challenges from Tiger Woods and Adam Scott in a thrilling back-nine battle Sunday to win the 100th PGA Championship.

What a year its been! What an anti-climax, he'll still win, but jeez that would have been cool.

"Sixth place at the Open championship, second place at the PGA". It was his first shot with a driver on the day, and it was a poor one. Scott for birdie, but he's missed too!

Eight players, 12 combined major championship victories, but just one goal - bringing home the Ryder Cup.

After four back surgeries, you could certainly be forgiven for thinking that Tiger's time had been and gone.

In winning three of the last seven majors, Koepka becomes the fifth American player aged 28 or younger to claim three major titles since World War II.

"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle", Woods said.

Tiger's third shot on the 16th finds the bunker.

Nick Faldo marvelled, on CBS, that Koepka had put himself within 18-feet of the hole, in birdie position, on 41 occasions over his 72 holes.

They do now, and Woods made it clear he wants to compete in his first Ryder Cup since 2012.

Sixty-four, and it looked pretty easy, to be honest with you.

"But just for the fact that it was in his sight line when he's looking at the hole, especially right with the way it breaks coming up left to right, I just didn't want him staring at it".

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He takes the par to stay one behind the leaders with two holes to play.

He added his fourth birdie of the front nine at 9 after hitting a hook from left of the fairway to inside 11 feet.

Scott is 38 now and back in top form, after this weekend, but he could not live with Koepka. He tapped in for par to remain at 8-under for the tournament.

Tiger with a long putt to save par on the 14th and the ball kisses the rim and rolls away!

He now is No. 2 in the world, with a shot at overtaking Johnson in two weeks when the FedEx Cup playoffs start.

"And then to hit such a good shot on 16, and especially to make the putt when Scotty [Adam Scott] nearly chipped it in".

He moves clear of Woods and level with Koepka! He's now just one shot behind Koepka after the 13th.

He'll be 43 next year and the chances are running out fast but he was noticeably lifted by the huge crowds at Bellerive and each time the juices have flown again he's handled the adrenalin better.

Woods made a decision to lay up to a wedge yardage rather than go for the green on the 295-yard par-4 11th, but he pulled his wedge a bit and flew it too far, leaving 28 feet for birdie. It is what it is and I suspect we're going to be faced with more decisions as to how and where we get out sports fixes going forward but if it's anything like last week's coverage I don't mind it at all. Spain's Jon Rahm making a quiet charge in the last round, up to -10 and in with an outside chance!

There is only one rookie now on the team and Justin Thomas just happens to be a major victor and a former world No 1.

After a hard few years with Woods dealing with multiple back problems and personal issues, Woods finally looks like he can return to the top of golf.

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