US PGA: Tiger prowling for first major in decade after Koepka falters

Jordan sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive

Jordan Spieth sizes up the break of his putt at the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive

Brooks Koepka had his rivals on the ropes but could not deliver a knockout punch and had his lead whittled to two strokes over Adam Scott after the third round at the PGA Championship on Saturday.

It didn't bring a 15th major championship, and you can certainly quibble about the lost opportunities along the way. This marked Woods's highest major finish since being runner-up in the same tournament, nine years ago.

Spaniard Jon Rahm, halfway leader Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler, hunting his long-awaited first major, are a further stroke behind. "The putter was awesome".

And he made it look ever so easy, bludgeoning his drives massive distances and honing in on the pins with unerring accuracy.

Woods struggled off the tee, making the score all the more remarkable.

Woods failed to hit a single fairway on the front nine, still covered it in three under and also played the back nine three under in a remarkable 64 which surely ended any lingering doubts about his ability to win again.

"The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough", Woods said.

Showing up to the golf course with a tail might not be for everyone, but Brown was glad to show his support for the competitor everybody's talking about at Bellerive. "So I knew he was making noise". I had some focus moments where I kind of fell asleep a bit, missed some really short putts, which is unfortunate and uncharacteristic.

After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka ran kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama.

The 42-year-old missed from seven feet for birdie on the first but holed from three feet on the second and nearly holed his tee shot on the third to set up another gain and close within two shots of the lead. Scott for birdie, but he's missed too!

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For the third round in succession Woods looked set to bogey the hard par-four 10th hole, which plays as a par five for the members, when he could only hack out from heavy rough to the right of the fairway. Woods had to get up and down from a bunker to save par.

His caddie, Joe LaCava, noticed the emotion, the fire.

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

"I played pretty well".

"I'm starting to feel a lot more confident at this higher level". Look at how well he played in the Presidents Cup, the Ryder Cup. It was a golf course in which I couldn't sit still and make pars and be OK with it. But after a slow start to his round, including a bogey at the first, Scott proved he had a little fight left.

Scott makes par on the same hole, having narrowly missed a brilliant chip in. He has now moved up to 27th. It was his seventh runner-up finish and first since the 2009 PGA Championship.

LOUIS Tony Finau tried not to look at the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship as a Ryder Cup audition as he played alongside USA captain Jim Furyk. He certainly gets points for showmanship and a willingness to attract some eyeballs, but he doesn't quite get full marks for creativity; Brown said he remembered seeing another fan do something similar about a year ago, and decided this would be the ideal time to go for it.

Hitting the ball well and in the hunt.

"This has been a process on building, " he said. I didn't know how many tournaments I would play this year or if I would even play. I didn't have a golf swing.

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