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Tiger Woods kept himself in contention for a first major title since 2008 in thrilling fashion as Rory McIlroy's hopes of ending his own drought disappeared in the 100th US PGA Championship.

Koepka is proving to be the prototype player for his generation and beyond - a 28-year-old workout nut who splits time between the weight room and the driving range.

As Woods electrified spectators by displaying the form that made him a 14-time major champion, American rival Koepka stayed calm and persevered under intense pressure to claim the Wanamaker Trophy and a top prize of $1.98 million (1.73 million euros).

I know what you may be thinking, but you can relax - it was a congratulatory tweet! "It was fun. It made it enjoyable". He shot 64 and if you had dropped anyone else in those positions they would have shot a 74.

The PGA Championship was the final event for eight players to earn automatic spots.

Woods lipped out on a seven-foot birdie putt on the opening hole but sank a four-footer for birdie at the second to reach nine-under, three off the lead. He joins Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win the U.S. Open and PGA in the same year.

"That putt at 18 told him all he needs to know".

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Four others who previously clinched positions were top-ranked Dustin Johnson, reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, third-ranked 2017 PGA victor Justin Thomas and second-ranked Brooks Koepka, this year's PGA Championship and US Open victor. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters.

Although Woods failed to automatically qualify for the team, USA Today's Zak Keefer believes his strong finish at the PGA "was likely all the convincing Furyk needed".

He finished the tournament at 14-under 267 and was two back of Brooks Koepka's lead when he finished the round.

The only knock on Koepka is that he doesn't win enough elsewhere - the Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. "Bit of a struggle with my game".

"You make a lot of friends out here, and you feel like a lot of them, you just get forgotten", Koepka said.

"You try to find something to get better and better, and that's what I'm trying to do".

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Brooks Koepka has become the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season.

"Now then a couple of years have slipped by and I haven't contended", Scott said.

The impact was dramatic for rivals as well.

It might have had a little something to do with Tiger, but fellow golfer Justin Thomas said he's never seen crowds like this before.

Tiger came up short on a good look for birdie at the Par-3 16th hole, which would have brought him back to within two shots with two holes to play.

Woods finally found his first fairway at the 10th, left a birdie putt on the lip at the 11th, then birdied the 12th and 13th holes with approaches inside 10 feet. He got on a run of pars after the turn before a bogey at the par-4 15th, but Scott bounced back to go birdie-birdie with a par to cap his round.

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