Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods to win USPGA Championship

Koepka win third major as he holds off Woods at Bellerive

USPGA Championship

Brooks Koepka held off a Tiger Woods charge on the final day of the 100th USPGA Championship at Bellerive to lift his third major.

The 28-year-old American held a two-shot overnight lead going into the final round, and ultimately his four-under par 66 was enough to finish on 16-under for the tournament and claim a two-shot victory from Woods.

Koepka was winning his second major of the year and third in total having won the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills, and followed it by defending the title with victory in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills.

Having been forced to miss the US Masters at Augusta in April, Koepka has now won three of the last six majors he has contested.

“For some reason the majors get my attention more,” Koepka said after winning in a 72-hole USPGA Championship record score of 264. “Every shot is so important. You have to be patient and I always do that very well in the majors.”

Woods shoots lowest final round at a major at USPGA Championship

Woods started the day four shots adrift of Koepka, but the 14-time major winner had a real shot of adding to his haul of victories. Woods shot a six-under par 64 – his lowest final round score at any major, but his 14-under par total was only good enough for the runners-up spot at Bellerive.

It was the second major in succession in which Woods was a major contender on the final day and he said: “I was in contention at the last two majors and would never have foreseen that a year ago. I’m just so thankful to be here.

“I played hard. It was a bit of a struggle with my game. I was just hanging in there, grinding it out and trying to make as many birdies as possible. I made a little bit of a run and am going to come up a couple of shots short.

“I was always chasing. When I was on the range I could see guys were three under through six holes so I knew I couldn’t sit still. I had to get birdies.

“I didn’t drive well all day – I was hitting it left and right on the driving range, even with my sand wedge – so I knew it was going to be a struggle to piece together a round but I did.”

Defending USPGA Championship champion Justin Thomas tied fourth

Adam Scott, who played in the final group with Koepka, was a shot further back in third place with Stewart Cink and Jon Rahm round out the top-five finishers on 11-under par.

Defending champion Justin Thomas, who won his first major 12 months ago at Quail Hollow, and this year’s Open champion Francesco Molinari were among a quartet of players to finish on 10-under par.

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