Whatever the reason, everything fell apart past year, when Scott managed only four top-10s and was never in contention in the tournaments that mattered most. The day was over-except no, not quite.
Adam Scott needed a special invite from the PGA of America to play this week, but a third round of 65 left him just two shots off the lead.
Spieth refused to acknowledge he's out of it entering Sunday's final round. He couldn't save par with a 100-foot bunker shot on the 14th after a poor drive, and his tee shot on the 15th settled behind a tree, forcing him to take relief with a penalty shot.
But the pleasant surprise of the day was Scott, who has battled to just just one top-10 finish in 14 months, a tie for ninth at the Byron Nelson Championship, leaving his playoff berth in peril at 119th in the FedEx Cup standings and only 125 to qualify.
For any other golfer, it would have been respectable, impressive, good for an aside. "You're never going to win another golf tournament again". But when it comes to Woods in 2018, it's the show.
Through three rounds, Woods is 10 under on the front nine, but he's 2 over on the back. "It was like turning back the hands of the clock".
"You always feel like you've got something to prove, whether it be to yourself or somebody else", said Koepka, who will take a two-stroke lead into the final round following a third-round 66. "You should see the best players in the world come to the top, and that's what you have".
Tiger fans and Tiger fans, of the Missouri and Woods variety, will be rooting against Woodland, but Kansas fans have grown by the day and have made their presence felt.
Only a three-putt bogey at the fifth hole halted his progress, though he put the setback quickly behind him to birdie the next three holes. Instead, he may have overcorrected.
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"I left pretty much every single putt short on the back nine", Woods added. "And I made sure I did on 17". He's the first Utah resident to make the cut in all four majors in one year since Sandy's Mike Weir in 2008.
However, his challenge stuttered on the back nine with a run of frustrating pars, wasting an eagle chance by three-putting the 17th, to finish on eight-under 202.
"Definitely, I think there are low scores in me tomorrow", Day said. So there's no feeding putts.
"Obviously things haven't been going well for me this year. We don't have any, the greens are too slow and too soft for that".
Woods went viral for a couple of reasons at The Open. "Hopefully I can go out and do a better job this time than I did the last time".
All players at the PGA Championship are paying tribute to Lyle by wearing a yellow ribbon on their hats this week. His ball hit the cup on the fly, ricocheting off the bottom of the flagstick back out.
And the answer to that question is getting clearer. It's the nature of the course that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that separate him from Woodland. He'll have to hope for Koepka to stumble, which he doesn't often do, not once he's wrangled the leaderboard as well as he has at Bellerive. "This golf course is stacked right now and everyone is bunched", Woods said. Either somebody is going to run down the mighty man with the feather touch - which feels improbable with the way he's swinging it - or we're going to have a three-time major victor devoid of a real category with which to label him.
Woods is by no means the favorite. And with just 18 holes of golf remaining, Woods can't stay in a bubble any longer. He is now four shots back of the leader, Brooks Koepka.