The Rush: Tiger Woods gives us chills and thrills at PGA Championship

Justin Thomas reacts to his shot after hitting from the 14th fairway during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Count

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. It came as he finished his final round and walked off the green to a bridge that took the players to the clubhouse.

Even after the excruciating miss on No. 11 - one that looked a lot like his teetering, toppling chip on No. 16 at the Masters in 2005, except that one went in - Woods would not quit.

After becoming the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back US Open titles at Shinnecock Hills in June, Koepka has now won three of his last six major starts, a wrist injury having forced him to sit out the Masters in April.

Thomas Pieters hopes he has forced his way into the reckoning for a Ryder Cup wildcard after his strong performance in the US PGA Championship.

"When you look at those names, growing up as a kid you couldn't even imagine adding your name to that list", Koepka said.

While the good times have seemingly come back for golf and the networks who broadcast the sport, we got a rather scary preview of what's to come when Tiger one day stops being a factor.

But he was there on Sunday, getting stronger as the day went on, and making it very hard for Jim Furyk not to pick him for the Ryder Cup team in a few weeks.

Woods huffed and puffed with everything he could muster but in the end could not quite take Brooks Koepka down at Bellerive Country Cub, coming up two shots short.

Rory McIlroy's mood after the downbeat four-time major victor admitted his game had "regressed" from earlier in the season.

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"I think the word he used is 'trending.' His game is trending", Furyk said with a smile.

"The whole time, you're just trying to prove them wrong". You're always going to have fans and you're always going to have people that hate you. "Sometimes your haters, I guess, are your biggest motivators". He's 175th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy and 119th in putting, and this course was set up for someone to hit drivers all week and roll in as many putts as possible (which is exactly what Koepka did). Who has played well for the season is important, but the reason we put this structure into place - 10, 12, 14 years ago, I'd be making my four captain's picks right now. Who knows, but it sure was fun watching him try. I let you fully in. I am really excited about the way he is playing. And while he had never played Bellerive, either, links golf has a steeper learning curve than the bomb-it-and-find-it course setup in Missouri. But while his run at the British Open was fun, his second-place finish at the PGA Championship felt different, and that was due in large part to his fans.

"I'm in uncharted territory", Woods said.

"This was more than that", he said.

"It's just because I'm so focused". "If I was him, I wouldn't change much". "I've got to be competing at something". I mean, walking with players.

The young Koepka took up golf after a auto accident ended his dreams of making it in baseball, basketball and other more athletic sports.

Four victories secured his European Tour card and a win in Turkey in 2014 propelled him back onto the U.S. PGA Tour where he picked up a first title the following year.

"I use it as motivation", he says.

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