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Koepka takes two-shot lead heading into PGA Championship final round

13 August 2018

Live updates of the final round of the PGA Championship.

Cone, the 25-year-old former Virginia Tech player who started the year with only conditional status on both Web.com and Mackenzie tours, finished at 23-under 257 at TPC Stonebrae.

A brilliant win for Koepka, adding the PGA Championship to his back-to-back US Open crowns.

The 14-time major victor fired his lowest final round in a major, a six-under par-64, on Sunday to finish second at the PGA Championship - and a career once seen as over might just have some magic left in it after all.

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Woods, a 14-time major champion in his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery, fired a 66 to share fourth on 202 with second-ranked defending champion Justin Thomas, 2009 British Open victor Stewart Cink, Ireland's Shane Lowry, Australia's Jason Day and South African Charl Schwartzel.

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If the PGA posted a marquee high above this final round to come, it might well read "Muscles and Mayhem".

"I knew I'd have a chance to separate myself", Koepka said. And yet it feels like a bit of a defeat.

Woods said it has been a long time since he felt so good about a loss, finishing two strokes behind Brooks Koepka but serving notice he truly can contend for more major titles. "I like the way I'm hitting the ball". The slugger has what his father, Bob, calls "those steely eyes" when he prepares for a Sunday round in a major.

Despite defending his U.S. Open title in June, Koepka remains something of an afterthought with the golf public. He stalked his birdie putt at 18 in a throwback to his glory days, making the putt to finish with a final round 64 and outright second. "I was just trying to hit it 185 yards and obviously hit it 180 yards, but I think the wind switched on us a little bit". They were like, 'Did you see that number one player in the world was here?'

"Oh, God, I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again, so yeah, " he said. "It was like, 'All right'".

A crowd of reporters laughed at Koepka's retelling, but it's clear this is one golfer who doesn't often find real or imagined slights amusing. And I made sure on 17 I did.

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He never imagined what it would take for him just to get to the weekend. "Sometimes your haters, I guess, are your biggest motivators".

Entering the week, they were the only men to win a U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year.

"The crowds here, they definitely let you know what's going on", Koepka told CBS Sports after accepting the trophy.

Then Koepka went back into gear, birdieing Nos. Koepka didn't waste any time and energy complaining about the USGA.

Koepka won the U.S. Open on two different courses that required one extreme to the other in scoring - 16 under at Erin Hills, 1 over at Shinnecock Hills.

"He's the greatest player to every play the game, and to have the comeback he's having is incredible". I didn't have a golf swing. Yeah, there's a lot of star power, and it should be. It's a major championship. It was pretty good at the start of the year but it's sort of regressed as the season has went on, you start to fall back into some of the habits you don't want to.

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There are some changes in the rankings - Brooks Koepka moving to No. 1 with the win and some shuffling between spots five and seven - but Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson are all now officially on the team.

Koepka takes two-shot lead heading into PGA Championship final round