Tiger Woods is lost by arrogant Brooks Koepka his third major title at the USPGA

<pre><pre>Tiger Woods is lost by arrogant Brooks Koepka his third major title at the USPGA

In a day of breathless emotion orchestrated by the wonder of Tiger Woods, his American companion Brooks Koepka endured a crescendo of noise and incredible golf from the 14-time main champion to write his name in the history books of the game.

The 28-year-old shot 66 to continue his victory at the US Open in June with a wonderful two-stroke success over Woods, who finished with 64 in the 100th USPGA Championship at Bellerive.

In doing so, Koepka became the fifth man to achieve this remarkable double and, since the other four used the surnames of Sarazen, Hogan, Nicklaus and Woods, that is the company he has now joined.

This was Koepka's third major success of the last six in which he played, missed the Masters in April for a wrist injury, and comfortably the most impressive. If we thought it was admirable how he maintained his courage to beat Tommy Fleetwood in Shinnecock Hills when the Englishman was throwing 63 to match the low scoring record in the history of the US Open, this was on another level altogether.

Beside him, Koepka saw his playmate Adam Scott, who would eventually finish third with birdie six of the eight holes in the middle of his round to catch him. His response was a pair of iron shots that came out of the top drawer in holes 15 and 16 to be two ahead.

Woods took center stage during a fascinating final round at the USPGA Championship

Woods took center stage during a fascinating final round at the USPGA Championship

Woods took center stage during a fascinating final round at the USPGA Championship

Above all, Koepka had to deal with the amazing level of noise and drama emanating from the group that was ahead. All year long we have marveled at the return of Woods and the way he has added piece after piece to reassemble his game. This, however, was one of those sporting moments that was simply a privilege to witness.

Think, they waited all this time to see Tiger in Gateway City and they could spend so much time talking about it.

As if 66-66 was not good enough to continue on Saturday, the 42-year-old gave a round that defied belief, logic, whatever.

At age 42 he came up with a performance that challenged the belief on Sunday afternoon

At age 42 he came up with a performance that challenged the belief on Sunday afternoon

At age 42 he came up with a performance that challenged the belief on Sunday afternoon

How can you get to the streets without seven in the first nine holes and still walk up to the tenth tee with only 32 shots? We could dwell on the basic flaws with respect to the design, but you can be sure that the 75,000 people who witnessed it would prefer to dwell on the smoke and mirrors of Woods that sent the emotion levels completely off the charts.

There were also some hypnotic iron punches that gave rise to birdies in the second and third that gave their return to the ideal start. From then on, it was all about the indefatigable will of perhaps the best player to have seen the game and an unparalleled putter hit that has defied the agonies and the long passage of time. Eight consecutive putts he had after losing from 6 feet in the first to send Bellerive into chaos.

But that was only the start. In the 11th, a 20-foot birdie putt stopped at the edge. How did the roars of the crowd not cause it to fall? Does not matter. Woods birdied the 12th and 13th. As each putt fell, he was recorded in the leaderboard on the 18th to send that crazy area as well. Sometimes, the entire 200 acres seemed to jump.

Woods could not hide his frustration as he fell short in a bet on the elusive 15th major

Woods could not hide his frustration as he fell short in a bet on the elusive 15th major

Woods could not hide his frustration as he fell short in a bet on the elusive 15th major

It looked like curtains when a pair of putts began to strike hard on the 14th hole, but on the way back came Woods with a touch birdie on the 15th hole. Back to one behind. We go back to Bedlam.

It tells all about the character of Koepka who resisted all this for a well-deserved victory. There was not a drop of sweat on his shirt despite the cooking temperatures and not a drop on his forehead. As great as a Koepka, in fact.

But there was still one more moment of Woods magic. A 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th, and you can guess the rest. Another glorious bomb of Woods and, although he did not win on this day, now he knows that he still has it and that he will win again. As for noise, think of Anfield on a cheerful Champions League night.

The English Tyrrell Hatton signed an encouraging year in the majors with a fine of 64 to finish in the top ten. After missing the cut midway through the four Grand Slams last year, the 26-year-old Marlow has made the cut in all four this year and followed his sixth final tied at the US Open with this solid performance.

Fleetwood signed with a 68 to tie for 36th place. "The important thing is that I got the best result of my career in the four main races, so I have to be happy with that," said the 27-year-old Englishman.

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