Scott, Koepka share US PGA lead

Posted August 17, 2018

Koepka joins Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the US Open and PGA championship in the same season.

Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson are automatic qualifiers for the American team.

Nervelessly, he then ripped two huge drives down the 17th and 18th holes to effectively ensure his spot in history as just the fifth player to win both the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season, all on the back of a wrist injury previous year that threatened his career.

Specifically, whom US captain Jim Furyk will select as his four captain's picks now that the qualified first eight are set as of the conclusion of the PGA.

We offer that context to remind that Faldo's anecdote falls in line with just how likely it seemed recently that Woods' playing career was over.

Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round on Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.

"I didn't know when I was going to start this year and how many tournaments I was going to play, how well I was going to play".

Woods then drove it out of position on the 4th-that was the theme throughout the front nine, as he failed to hit a single of the seven fairways-but managed to get up-and-down for par to keep his momentum going. "He's someone that I'm glad he's on my team, and I don't have to play against him".

"It's a lot harder than people think".

The 14-time major champion, who has not won one of the sport's biggest prizes since claiming the US Open title in 2008, also went close at The Open in July, finishing joint sixth. "What is important is how well Tiger has played". He said an acquaintance told him of Woods: "He won't be back".

Scott jumps 31 places in the world rankings to 45th, while his new position of 70th on the FedEx Cup standings ensures he continues a ideal record of advancing to the US PGA Tour's playoffs since the series was created in 2007. And for all the craziness that went down at Bellerive, there was no real movement among the eight players who secured their spots.

Tiger Woods celebrates after making a birdie putt on the 18th green on Sunday.

"His game - the word he used is trending - his game is trending and it is great to see him playing well, for me the numbers (World Rankings) are nice, good to look at, but not always the most important. Even though he doesn't jump up and down and grab headlines, there isn't a going to be a guy out there (from) the FedEx Cup Playoffs through the Ryder Cup that's not going to understand that he is, right now, the man".

Mickelson missed the cut at the PGA, did not contend at the British or the U.S. Open and has not been in great form since winning the WGC-Mexico in the spring.