Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship

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He dropped to 9 under, but still only two back of Koepka, who slipped as well.

Right in front of them was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for no other reason than he likes to make birdies. The Australian is tied with Woods at 11 under as he tries to win for the first time in two years.

Even his first par was an adventure - Finau had to make a 12-footer. But he needed 18 putts on the back nine for a total of 30, and the difference between being closer to the lead.

However, Woods then bogeyed the 14th and double-bogeyed the iconic par-three 17th after finding water off the tee.

They're all chasing big-hitting Gary Woodland, who carded a 66 to reach 10 under and maintain his lead, although Kevin Kisner (64) closed to within a stroke, while Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel each fired joint US PGA record rounds of 63 to reach eight and seven under, respectively.

Woods just missed reeling off three straight birdies at the start of play. 'The bottom line is that I had the best result of my career in all four majors, so I've got to be happy with that, ' said the 27 year old Englishman. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

Now Koepka has to hold off a wide circle of PGA contenders that's heavy on instant name recognition and, in Woods, that includes arguably the greatest golfer ever trying to write one of the game's greatest tales.

"As much as I can", Brown said of trying to follow Woods throughout his round.

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"I feel like I've been doing all the right stuff, and I just haven't been doing it on the golf course".

Koepka never imagined a year like this. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens".

He looks up to the task, based off his last couple of tournaments. And with the FedEx Cup Playoffs approaching, Tiger has the golf world on notice.

The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars. He also got robbed on No. 11 after leaving a birdie putt hanging on the edge of the cup.

Fleetwood signed off with a 68 for tied 36th place.

Woods, whose earlier charge on the easier front nine raised the massive gallery's excitement to fever pitch, was among a logjam of six trailing by four shots.

"I didn't think he had a hope in hell of winning a major again", Nick Faldo admitted about Woods on US TV broadcaster CBS, "and now you'd have to say he does".

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