ST. LOUIS – Brooks Koepka is what Tiger Woods once was.

At least in the majors.

And Tiger is not far from being the old tiger again.

Koepka won his third major title in his last six starts in the four biggest tournaments of the game, a tiger-esque track that includes victory in the last two games of the US Open and now the 100th PGA Championship. Just as Tiger was in its heyday, Koepka is a physically imposing, highly confident, ultra-cool presence that breaks down the hardest stretches in the Gulf and in the most larded fields of the game.

At the Bellerive Country Club on a hot Sunday, Koepka finished his course, holding off one challenger after another with a final round, 4-under-par 66, putting him 16 below and two clearly by Woods, three clear by Adam Scott and left four free from Stewart Cink and Jon Rahm

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Koepka's heart did not let a blow go out – it rarely does – despite the onslaught of the challengers chasing it and the hurricane of noise that Woods gives his best result in one. The people who were here let them know what's going on, "said Koepka. "At the beginning of the nineties, I could hear all the roar. When Tiger started running his little run and Scotty made his run, it got loud. "

Koepka never lost the lead he took on Sunday and delivered two birdies from close range at the 15th and 16th holes, to keep the field at bay and given him the right to put his enormous arms around the Wanamaker Trophy, it was a fitting conclusion to a week in which he overcame the soft track with his driver, wedge and putter.

With rounds of 69-63-66-66, Koepka is without a doubt elite and he joined an intoxicating company, Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen being the only players to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year Koepka has also moved up to number 2 in the world, leaving only his good friend Dustin Johnson behind.

As for Woods, do you want to doubt him now?

Woods must have silenced his toughest critics, even the Ti gerhasser. While his claws did not mate a fifth Wanamaker Trophy and he did not win his 15th Major and the first since winning the US Open in 2008, Woods showed he is once again an outstanding force just 16 months after his Ave Maria [19659006] Woods is now the 26th in the world after starting his comeback in 1st place, and the final round at the Bellerive Country Club on Sunday was a punctuation mark for Woods – until now one that included crafting, changes to his swing and a new putter in the bag.

On Sunday, Woods was an action that took place in two parts, the first one that came on the first nine, where everything except its scorecard was a mess. His pace was off, his momentum was too high from the top by the impact, and he had not hit a regular fairway.

In his last years, when the injury was confused, that would have come to an end. But now, after a season of progress, a season in which he improved from one tournament to the next, gaining confidence, Woods showed himself and his colleagues that he can be a force if he does not have his "A" game , Woods became Houdini on the front and made four birdies with some of the most outrageous scrambling you've ever seen.

He made the curve just a slap out of the lead and then unleashed some vintage form. He added four more birdies, left a birdie putt on his lip, and had a par putt lip. He finished with a 64 – his best final round score in a major – and his 266 overall was the lowest he has ever scored in a major. In the end, however, Woods had an answer for most of everything he faced with it except week Koepka.

"I played hard," Woods said. "I ran a bit.

" It's hard to beat when the guy hits it in the middle. What he did at Shinnecock (in the open), just bombarded, and then he does the same here. … and if a guy does that and just hits it and is as good as a putter, it's hard to beat. "

But when Woods left Gateway City, he was hopeful for what was on the horizon, he could not walk, did not know if he would ever play again to beat expectations and now expect that he would win.

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