He and his caddie read their yardage books, and as Woodland pulled a club out of the bag, he looked uneasily up at the trees to gauge the wind.
Brooks Koepka's rise through the ranks of golf has been so meteoric the new world No.2 hasn't even grasped that he is already one of the greats. He showed he doesn't have any mope in him and has a confidence level that's hard to dent.
Sunday's play will decide the victor of the fourth and final major of the golfing season with the PGA Championship itself moving to a May date for the 2019 season.
Woods huffed and puffed with everything he could muster but in the end could not quite blow down the Brooks Koepka house at Bellerive, coming up two shots short. And then he simply powered himself to two closing 66s, as nobody could catch him.
"I just wish I could have got myself a couple more shots closer to the lead", Woods said.
Second place at the PGA Championship, 14 under par for the weekend-this is no longer a debate.
"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 [yards] down the middle, that's tough", Woods said of Koepka after the round. Koepka wasn't fazed, just like he wasn't fazed by the firm and windy conditions that annoyed so many in the field at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
"I don't think I'd ever played in front of that many people", he told reporters Saturday. After a bright start, he won't be winning this one today.
Britain's Matt Wallace made the first hole-in-one of the tournament, using a 5-iron for an ace at the 232-yard, par-3 16th hole.
The final round of the final major of the year is buzzing with possibilities. Turns out that was the one event that Tiger didn't pick up or lose ground on the leader, starting the final round one stroke out of the lead and finishing the same way. In the women's final Persson and Wessberg topped France's Justine Dreher and Manon Molle in 20 holes. I had no speed. "I think he could have shot a lot better than he did". My putting was okay.
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"But God, I hadn't played in two years, so it's been a hell of a process for sure".
Woods finally found fairways on the back nine, but endured heartache at 11 when his 28-foot birdie putt hung on the edge of the cup, the ball refusing to fall until he tapped it in for par.
"I posted [minus-] 14, and that meant he [Koepka] would have to shoot something in the 60s", Woods said. Now, it's a time to imagine something spectacular.
Meanwhile, it will be impossible to overlook Koepka now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. And the more he talks, the more the machine sounds mildly human. "You know, I have a lot of self-belief".
And maybe that's the key to Koepka's success in on golf's biggest stage; he has four Tour victories, three of them are majors.
"Going from that to even being able to play this year to this, it's absolutely mind blowing", Koepka said. "I'm going to be back behind the lead probably at least four now".
Four-time PGA champion Woods mounted a vintage charge with his six-under-par 64 equalling the day's best score, which is his best final round at the majors.
In nearly 40 years as a sportswriter, I can't recall any organization doing as through a job supplying information as the PGA does for the fourth major. As a fan of golf, you should be excited. 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.
But while McIlroy then struggled to a third round 71 to drop out of contention, Woods covered the front nine in 31 to delight the massive crowds at Bellerive Country Club. He hit hard and long and accurate on a course that played wet and slow.
"I'm exhausted. I just need to eat some proper meals tonight and I felt my hydration was good all day, so it just takes a lot out of you", he said.