The 42-year-old former world number one fired a six-under-par 64 in the final round at Bellerive Country Club to finish second to two-time US Open champion Brooks Koepka by two shots.
Plenty of fans were behind Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters Tournament victor, as he battled Koepka through the final holes while carrying the mantle of fallen Aussie comrade Jarrod Lyle, who died this week after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Hitting the ball well and in the hunt.
"I was pretty ticked at the British Open; I had the lead there".
"This was some really good golf this week", Scott said with an odd mixture of contentment and disappointment.
Woodland had made bogey just three times in the first two rounds and did not have any doubles or triples. It was nice to right the ship there. Saturday in the third round of the PGA Championship there was nothing miraculous, only disastrous.
With two birdies over his first three holes, and seemingly the entire leaderboard moving backward, Tiger was in contention early.
Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, was in a pack four strokes adrift.
Even more were rooting for plucky defending PGA Championship victor and world No. 2 Justin Thomas, who was in the hunt until he lost his focus over the final five holes.
It didn't bring a 15th major championship, and you can certainly quibble about the lost opportunities along the way.
"They were like, 'Did you see the No. 1 player in the world was here?' I don't know what to say to that", Koepka said with a laugh. "I've made what I thought would take weeks, kind of a turnaround to be able to trust and hit some really quality shots and work my way up to a major championship in a span of hours".
Shortly after 5pm, he had a 20-foot putt on the 16th green that would've tied him with Koepka, who was two holes behind but may as well have been playing on another course compared to the frenzy in front of him.
"I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead", Woods said. The best thing might be to take that first FedEx Cup week off and work on my game and hopefully come back in a better place.
Make that back to back birdies for Adam Scott! I'm a fan of golf. "I just have to make the adjustments better than I did". He completed his second round Saturday morning with a 66, and then had another 66 in the afternoon that was so good it was the worst he could have shot.
"Tiger was performing great".
Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round on Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.
Tiger Woods reflected on "a hell of a process" to get to the position of being prominent in majors again, following a second place finish at the US PGA Championship. I didn't know what swing I was going to use, either. "I'm in uncharted territory because no one's ever had a fused spine, hitting it like I'm hitting it", he said.
"It's been a while, to be honest with you, " he said. He has never won a major when not leading after 54 holes.
"It started with the first putt, just ran it by", Woods said after his round. Two ideal opportunities for birdies that instead became bogeys are the main reasons he didn't hold up the Wanamaker Trophy for a second consecutive year.
"But you just get on with it".
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