CRAWFORD | Thomas threatens, but Woods, Koepka capture PGA spotlight


The 14-time major victor fired his lowest final round in a major, a six-under par-64, on Sunday to finish second at the PGA Championship - and a career once seen as over might just have some magic left in it after all.

With a strong lineup already confirmed, Furyk joked about who the real leader of the team is.

"I played hard", Woods said. The others include Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner, Tony Finau and Kyle Stanley. Everyone else, it seems, is occupied by Woods.

"I feel like I'm playing really well, the best I have in a while", he said. I realise Tiger is a story.

"[To] look back where I was a couple months ago, four months ago, is incredible".

Tiger Woods plays a shot during his final round 6-under 64 at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. I don't think I could have dreamed of this. His game is trending.

Woods' final-round 64 matched the day's best round with Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello and Englishman Tyrrell Haton.

Woods has said going back to February, when he was named a vice captain, that he wanted to play on the team as well. He joined Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the two USA majors that rotate to different courses in the same year.

On Monday's "Off the Bench", Danny Kanell breaks down Woods' near win.

When Tiger Woods plays, people tune in. "He's priceless, to be honest with you". "He's been really a big help to our captains in both 2016 and 2017 from a strategy perspective, from personnel, personalities, and also really serving on the golf course". So he's a huge value.

Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies. That's what we're allowed and I see a lot of value in having all five there.

With Brooks now winning three of the last seven majors, only 12 of the last 15 have gone to a first-timer but that's still a significant figure given the last 28 majors have been won by someone inside the world's top-50. We can probably touch on the second trend going forward but it's not going to be Glory's Last Shot anymore (as the old PGA strapline used to shout) and playing it in May as the second major changes it considerably. But remember he was late to the party having only returned to regular PGA Tour action at the start of this year. "So as a captain [early in 2018], I'm scratching my head and I'm anxious".

It came undone at the end but like Koepka and Woods, it was still a day he will never forget. Right from the moment that he sat out the Masters, from the moment he got healthy this year, he hit the tour running. Congrats to Brooks and his great team on a job well done! "He carries himself with a swagger that everyone talks about".

Ian Poulter has edged above Paul Casey in the chase for an automatic berth, with one of the two virtually guaranteed a wildcard if needed. His best PGA finish was a share of third in 2006.