US PGA Championship - Story of the final round

Doug Mendoza
August 14, 2018

The former world No.1 produced a stunning final round 64 at the Bellerive Country Club, despite not hitting a fairway on the front nine, and an 18th hole birdie elevated him to outright second place at the PGA Championship.

Furyk said he was going to give the top eight a few days to "decompress" following the final maje not only who is playing well, but who is a good fit for the team and in pairings for group play. "The roars were pretty unbelievable", second-ranked 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas said.

"We are heading into the core of the golf season so for getting people inspired to play the game the timing of that couldn't be better so on any number of levels we are thrilled about what the opportunity in May will bring".

As the Golf Channel analysts said after the interview, Furyk "doesn't have a very good poker face".

There are three weeks left in Europe qualifying and it is ridiculously tight for the last place.

Three victories on Europe's developmental tour five years ago saw him promoted to the European Tour, where he won the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open before making his way, finally, to the US PGA Tour.

The main issue will be whether he retains his position as one of Furyk's right-hand men. "It is something I will discuss with Tiger and the other vice captains, what's best for the team". "Our captain has some decisions to make".

Prevailing wisdom says Woods has done enough to make the team, although Furyk would not commit to that decision Monday.

As for the Ryder Cup, Furyk ended up with the same eight players who started the week atop the USA standings.

And imagine the furore and potentially unsettling impact of leaving out such an iconic figure. The average American cares about Tiger Woods. "It would be hard". Mickelson, meanwhile, has been an ever-present since 1995.

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That includes Woods, a vice captain and sure-fire pick. Woods finished three over on the final day, tied for third and four shots behind Els.

"He's priceless. He's been a really big help to our captains in both '16 and '17 from a strategy perspective", Furyk said.

"He went bogey, double-bogey to start this PGA Championship", Adams said.

He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.

"We got some great airtime globally about what a wonderful place St. Louis is and that has to be a boost for the economic development, attracting companies here and people who want to live here", DeCola said. "We want the players who are going to help us be successful".

A 15-week enforced absence after wrist surgery earlier this year only served to show him just how much he missed competing. It can not be beyond the realms of possibility that the Spaniard will remove himself from the playing equation, as he did in 2010, but otherwise Bjorn will have to select a player who has missed five major cuts in succession.

"He's playing very well", Furyk said. "The more hard the situation, the more pressure in a major championship, he has risen to that occasion now a number of times".

Koepka also has experience of playing the French Open at the venue for this autumn's match.

He also straddled the fence when asked whether he will be looking for more veteran presences like Woods, Mickelson and Matt Kuchar, who is now 13th in the standings, or more youth to cultivate with Thomas being the only Ryder Cup rookie now on the squad.

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