Resurgent Tiger Woods electrifies in 2nd-place finish at the PGA Championship

Poulter's playing-partner Rickie Fowler set the early pace

Meanwhile, the unflappable Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and the PGA in the same year.

Whether Sunday's two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods changes the way the 28-year-old is perceived is an open question.

"It was kind of the first time Tiger's been in contention and I've been in contention at the same time, so the fans definitely let you know what he was doing", Koepka said.

"I played hard", Woods said. "I don't think it'll be rocket science to figure out the small little bits that are missing, and if anything this is motivation to make the most of this year".

But Scott missed a crucial birdie putt at the par-5 17th, which would have cut Koepka's lead to one, before a sloppy bogey at the 18th.

The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods - he last was at Bellerive when the September 11 terrorist attacks cancelled a World Golf Championship - and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.

"There's nothing like it, " said Gary Woodland, who was in the twosome with the world's best-known player.

Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.

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Koepka may have lifted the trophy, but Woods equalled the lowest round of the day with a 64 which was achieved despite not hitting a single fairway on the front nine. Dialed in on the back nine, he hit his approach to a foot on the 15th hole to get within one shot.

That was as good as it got. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.

"I'm pretty disappointed with myself that I couldn't play the last three holes better".

"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle", Woods said. "What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he's doing the same thing here".

"Going from that to even being able to play this year to this, it's absolutely mind blowing", Koepka said. He has been motivated by more serious moments, from being left off the "notable scores" section of TV coverage at tournaments and even last week, when he was not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.

DEFENDING YOUR TITLE: Defending champion Justin Thomas made birdies on 10 and 11 to pull within two but finished with two bogeys over the final five holes and tied for sixth.

Scott jumps 31 places in the world rankings to 45th, while his new position of 70th on the FedEx Cup standings ensures he continues a ideal record of advancing to the US PGA Tour's playoffs since the series was created in 2007. He missed a good chance for birdie at the drivable par-4 11th, but bounced back with two more birdies to put pressure on the contenders.

LOUIS (AP) _ Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kah) has won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from a revitalized Adam Scott.

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