Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods.
About mid-afternoon on Sunday, the gallery at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club just outside of St. Louis could be forgiven if they were sneaking a peek at their smartphones to see if a Time Machine App. was available at GOOGLE PLAY or the Apple Store: Tiger Woods was about to transport the giddy bunch back in time.
Then Brooks Koepka stepped up and wouldn’t let that happen. Koepka played some masterful golf of his own to win his third event of this crazy 2018 PGA Tour season. Gary Woodland led for the first two days and appeared to be the latest in the Pick-A-Winner Sweepstakes, where no one golfer has appeared to establish dominance this season. Then something strange happened in this truly unique PGA Tour season.
As Koepka wrested the lead from Woodland, familiar names started to show up on the Leaderboard: Fowler, Day, Johnson, Spieth……and WOODS!
In a season in which the first Italian to win a PGA tournament (Francisco Molinari at the British Open), the fans left Bellerive hoping that Koepka’s mere two-shot win (16-under 264) meant the return of Tiger Woods and with it the return of golf as we know it.