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Koepka sees off strong challenges from Scott and Woods to win PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now as one of golf's big guns, winning the PGA Championship with machine-like precision to go along with his back-to-back US Open titles.

And it still felt like he was the second billing to Tiger Woods.

PGA Championship leaderboard

-16 Brooks Koepka

-14 Tiger Woods

-13 Adam Scott

Adam Scott was in contention for the title right up until the final hole.

The Australian hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies.

Adam Scott watches his shot.

They both missed six-foot birdies on the 17th, and Scott had to settle for third when he bogeyed the final hole for a 67.

With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive right after Woods closed within one shot.

Koepka closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory, making him only the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

Tiger Woods pumps his fist after making a birdie putt.

Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. It was his seventh runner-up finish.

"I played hard," Woods said. "I made a bit of a run. It looks like I'm going to come up a little short."

Koepka was responsible for that.

After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka ran kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on number 15 and 7 feet on number 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264.

Brooks Koepka lines up a putt on the 3rd green.

It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.

The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods, and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.

Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two. Dialled in on the back nine, he hit his approach to a foot on the 15th hole to get within one shot. Koepka heard it all and answered with great shots of his own, finally converting the birdies to pull away.

AP

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