Tiger Woods show suggests bright future for champion Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka

The 14-time major champion has admitted he thought it was a long shot to ever contend again, and that he's just happy to be competing.

Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major.

His ranking has jumped from 656 to start the year to 26 heading out of Bellerive.

Four others who previously clinched positions were top-ranked Dustin Johnson, reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, third-ranked 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas and second-ranked Brooks Koepka, this year's PGA Championship and US Open victor. It's a valid argument to suggest the long, light modern-day driver has done him nothing but harm, yet he persists with it, presumably being unwilling to give up yards to men such as Koepka and Dustin Johnson, the world No.1 who now has two fewer majors than the champion.

Koepka said that just as his major victories on vastly different courses showed, he was up for any challenge.

If the Woods group was the place everyone wanted to be, Koepka and Scott were sedately and serenely going about their own personal duel as the last two out. And he was kind of making a charge, and you could hear the roars.

"I honestly can't", Koepka responded.

'Tiger's been a vice-captain in the team room as a player.

Woods will be going to France when the United States defends the trophy against Europe next month anyway. It was a fabulous effort this week and although he traded shorter at Carnoustie, he impressed me more here but is he going to get that illusive 15th major championship or has this summer just been the epitome of a dead cat bounce? "I knew it was going to be a struggle to piece together a round and I did". He was able to hit a couple of good shots and holed a couple of good putts, and was able to come through in the end.

Throughout the week, golfers continuously touted Bellerive as one of the most crowded golf courses they'd played on, with some of the most passionate fans.

Despite now holding U.S. citizenship, Elliott maintains his membership of the County Antrim golf course and still frequents the club when his schedule allows.

Apparently the only thing Brooks Koepka holds better than a lead at a major is a grudge.

This is actually our fifth year anniversary. "You've seen him, I'm sure, he's absolutely ripped, he's an athlete - he has a big chip on his shoulder". "Even if you're number one, you've got to find a way to keep going and keep that little chip on".

It's incredible. You know, it's hard to put myself into his shoes in what he is doing and what he is thinking.

British Open victor Francesco Molinari of Italy and England's Justin Rose, Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood helped secure their lead in the European points spots with solid showings at the PGA, Molinari sharing sixth and Hatton sharing 10th.

He was then over-looked for the US Walker Cup team - the amateur version of the Ryder Cup - was peeved about that and nearly said "Well, sod everyone" and took off to Europe and played on the Challenge Tour on the European Tour in 2012.



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