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‘Tiger Effect’ boosts TV ratings at PGA Championship

14 Août 2018

Tiger Woods winning a 15th major would be "the greatest comeback in sport" after he previously did not have a "hope in hell", according to Nick Faldo.

"Our captain has some decisions to make after the first (FedEx Cup) playoff events, and we'll sit down and give him our input and what we think and who should be on the team, and who can contribute to the team", Woods said, "and hopefully my name will be part of that process".

Woods' 64-stroke offensive at Bellerive now stands as his lowest score in a final round of a major.

Getting the best of Koepka sets up as a daunting challenge for Woods, though the 42-year-old, 14-time major victor could easily argue he's been through worse.

Furyk said in a news conference earlier in the week that his talented USA side is sure to have its hands full at Le Golf National.

Tiger Woods was much more forgiving of his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship on Sunday than his close call at last month's British Open.

As Woods electrified spectators by displaying the form that made him a 14-time major champion, American rival Koepka stayed calm and persevered under intense pressure to claim the Wanamaker Trophy and a top prize of $1.98 million (1.73 million euros).

"Probably the funnest time of my life", he says. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. I think the word he used is "trending".

Another year without a major win for the best player in the world.

"I would like to get to a point where I would have to make that decision (about playing), get to where I am playing well enough that I could make the team on points", Wood told the Herald Sun after being named Presidents Cup captain in from Florida. "I realise he is playing very well and I am excited to see that".

Woods playing - and playing well - has been gold for golf's TV ratings.

The four players now in the qualifying spots via the world points list are Spain's Jon Rahm, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, Sweden's Alex Noren and England's Ian Poulter.

"He priceless, to be honest with you", Furyk said.

Furyk will name three of his captain's picks on September 3, and will announce the final selection a week later.

But he flipped the script and did (almost) everything right - just a month after holding a piece of the lead at the Open Championship at Carnoustie, which played completely opposite to Bellerive. Webb Simpson kept hold of the last spot, meaning that the side already contain seven major winners. For the second consecutive major, significant points were up for grabs, but no player from outside the top 8 moved in.

The good thing is that Woods has won three Open Championships, and has more than 20 years of experience playing links golf, which he enjoys more than any other kind, as he's able to shape shots and play more on the ground than in the air.

However, Faldo was shocked.

And yet it still felt - and certainly sounded - as though he played second billing to Woods. It was only 15 months ago when he was arrested after being found slumped over the steering wheel of his auto. The ensuing shot wasn't pretty, though, as Woods blew his drive into the right rough.

It's incredible how the American has been a favourite for every major this year but just can't get the job done. He is done, doomed and then suddenly he is two under par.

"It's a big boost to have the best player who ever lived to be walking with your group". 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. He now knows he can win again. Ninth-ranked Fowler has eight top-five major finishes.

The Ryder Cup follows immediately afterwards.

Despite the long lines for shuttles, parking issues, and cellphone service problems during the week, organizers said St. Louis won big overall.

‘Tiger Effect’ boosts TV ratings at PGA Championship