Nick Faldo claims Tiger Woods was 'done' with golf

Aug 17, 2018, 05:13
Nick Faldo claims Tiger Woods was 'done' with golf

On a steamy Sunday full of utter madness and ear-splitting roars that shook Bellerive Country Club to its core, Brooks Koepka never blinked. "It was fun. It made it enjoyable". He gets attention inside and outside the ropes. "When you're firing at flags you have to be calm and focus on every shot". He shot 66-66-64 over the final three rounds.

Woods missed most of past year so his charge up the list just behind those two was impressive given home much less time he had to earn points, but it also made it all or nothing in terms of qualifying despite his impressive effort. I didn't drive it good all day. We'll have to wait until Tiger wins that elusive 15th major to know for sure.

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

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After becoming the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back US Open titles in June, Koepka has now won three of his last six major starts, a wrist injury having forced him to sit out the Masters in April. "I mean, you have to because you know he's right there if you fall". It was his seventh runner-up finish and first since the 2009 PGA Championship.

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The #PGAChampionship writing is on the wall for victor Brooks Koepka.

"I played hard", Woods said. "Bit of a struggle with my game".

On the European side, qualifying runs for another three weeks before captain Thomas Bjorn makes his four picks in September.

Woods has long battled the hustle and bustle (and cell phones) and of the huge galleries he draws - at the British Open in July a fan yelled out as Woods hit his tee shot on the 72nd hole - but he has not become immune to them.

"I'd say the door's open in a lot of respects", Furyk said.

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"I just need to figure out Augusta; I haven't quite had the results there I've had elsewhere".

Woods was a factor in last month's Open Championship and that benefitted NBC, who reported a 38 percent rise in viewership over the year before and the highest viewership for the Open since 2000. "And I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far. going from where I've come from, to now over the past year, it's been pretty cool".

But the value of Mickelson on the Ryder Cup team has to do with intangibles nearly as much as it does with how many birdies he makes.

The impact was dramatic for rivals as well.

"This is motivation to kick on, make the most of the rest of this year and go into next year's (majors) season full of confidence". Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot - right after Koepka missed from the same range - and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.

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"I was feeling really good out there, especially as he back nine got going", Scott said.

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