'Tiger Effect' lifts PGA Championship ratings to a 9-year high


PGA Championship victor Brooks Koepka was an automatic qualifier for the United States' Ryder Cup squad on Monday, while Tiger Woods waits for an at-large bid.

"Probably the most fun time of my life", he says.

The unorthodox 24-year-old then endured a remarkable collapse in the closing stages of the Porsche European Open, but with Justin Thomas now the only rookie in the USA team, Furyk would have no qualms about giving DeChambeau a debut, providing he can find some form over the first two events of the FedExCup Play-Offs. The first one was close, but last November he cleared out from the rest by nine shots.

Shipnuck portrayed this as just another example of Koepka inventing slights to serve as further motivation, citing a number of examples, including the golfer taking exception to both his name not appearing among the Golf Channel's "notables" earlier in the week and reporters showing little interest in interviewing him after his tournament-opening round of 69 left him far off the lead. Justin Rose only has one, Jason Day only has one - this guy has come in with three.

Over a wild first nine holes, Woods didn't hit a single fairway off the tee but got up and down from everywhere.

Still on the comeback trail from spinal fusion surgery eight months ago, Woods passed the stern fitness test without incident.

Speaking after his third-round 66, Woods admitted the delay in play over the course of the weekend has taken it's toll on him. I didn't have - my short game wasn't quite there yet.

"He has been a man of steel on the Tour and will have many Victories, including Majors, ahead of him". I've seen them all, and I've just never had a chance to make the team.

There was no wind to speak of.

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It's no one's fault.

Not so. Koepka assessed the situation and sunk his ball before most could notice and it was Scott, missing for par and then tapping in to finish at -13 who closed out a compelling day of golf. Next year the PGA moves to May and Bethpage Park in NY.

The tournament was won by Brooks Koepka.

Tiger Woods. His sixth-place finish in the British Open brought the highest ratings for that final since 2006. "Those are the type of players you want in a Ryder Cup".

"He's played very good golf and obviously put himself in a very good position for a captain's pick". Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson were a couple of the great ones who didn't win it when it was the final leg of their personal grand slams.

Finau finished in a tie for 42nd, his lowest finish at a major since last year's PGA when he came in a tie for 44th place. Mickelson has one victory over the last five years, a playoff win over Thomas in the Mexico Championship. "That's exactly what they wanted".

The 14-time major victor was sporting his traditional Sunday red with some shades on, but it was the addition of his cap being worn backwards which got fans on social media talking.