In fact the crowd has gone home. The fairy-tale finish at the PGA Championship that everyone seemed to be longing for was taking shape. Shuttles will begin running at 8 a.m.
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"I actually never thought about that", Koepka said, grinning as he turned that potential reality over in his mind. "I'm going to be there either way". He was "pretty ticked" then and just short of jubilant here - which he cautiously hopes can make for a springboard breakthrough.
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The fan was not exactly wrong, but it hardly fazed the under-appreciated Koepka. However, he regained his mojo with three consecutive birdies to close the front nine to take the solo lead to the back.
Another to disappoint was Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who finished back on two under, stretching his drought in the majors to four years.
"Oh, God, I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again, so yeah", he said.
He closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in golf.
It will be impossible to overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather.
Matt Wallace was already enjoying his day alongside three-time major victor Jordan Spieth when he made a hole-in-one on the 16th from 232 yards.
At this major, it wasn't enough. I think I'm much more disciplined now, so I should be able to play every major, making sure my body's healthy. "Players try to downplay it, and I've downplayed it over the years myself, but it's a pretty intense environment out there".
Koepka was responsible for that.
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Woods had made the ideal start by holing from 15 feet for birdie on the first and five feet for another on the second, before nearly chipping in on the fourth after finding trouble off the tee.
Tiger finished second at the PGA Championship after shooting a final round 64 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard.
Asked what impresses him most about Koepka, Thomas answered: "Just how well he plays when the lights shine on him".
When Brooks Koepka secured his maiden PGA Championship with a comfortable one-foot putt on the eighteenth, it was nearly an anti-climax after the wild scenes that had greeted the preceding [Woods] group to the gallery.
His quest for a 15th Major came undone right at the death, when he hit a wild drive at the 17th and could only make par when a birdie was imperative. "To duel it out with him, I don't think I ever dreamed of that situation today".
"But overall, I was really proud of the way I hung in there".
"I missed the British [Open in 2016] and then Augusta this year. It's amusing how things work", said Berger, who's also been dealing with a wrist injury this week.
Woods hit a block-fade off the tee, a shot he battled all week and all season, and was fortunate to miss a creek that runs down the right side.
The 14-times major victor, who had whipped the massive gallery into a frenzy on the front nine, sent them into absolute hysteria with two more birdies at 12 and 13 that again vaulted him within one of the lead.
That was as good as it got. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker.
Koepka and Scott putting on the 15th.
"He's a tough guy to beat when he's flying it 340 in the air", Woods said.