Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two. But after a slow start to his round, including a bogey at the first, Scott proved he had a little fight left.
"Oh, God, I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again, so yeah, " he said. To think where I was four months ago, I didn't really even dream about this. "Going into the back nine within three shots on Sunday, anything is doable".
Despite defending his U.S. Open title in June, Koepka remains something of an afterthought with the golf public. This was not a man agonizing-not publicly, at least-over a birdie putt left balanced on the rim of the 11th hole, a ball that nearly certainly would have fallen in by now if they'd left it there. "You want guys that have had a good solid season".
And he is once again in contention heading into the fourth round of a major championship.
Scott and Day have special inspiration this week after the death of Jarrod Lyle, the Aussie golfer who died Wednesday of leukemia at age 36. What separates him is "just how well he plays when the lights shine on him", Thomas said Sunday night. "And I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far. going from where I've come from, to now over the previous year, it's been pretty cool".
Scott will be able to enjoy some newfound confidence, too.
That's just a small sampling of information provided on every player in the field, including the 20 club professionals who qualified in the PGA Professionals Championship, won by former University of Kansas All-American Ryan Vermeer, 40. "I can't wait to duel it out with them over the next couple of years or next however long".
Woods, who has never won a major title when not leading after 54 holes, won his most recent major at the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, although he led late on Sunday in last month's British Open.
"It's been a pleasure to play in front of them, it really has", Woods said.
Brooks Koepka had his rivals on the ropes but could not deliver a knockout punch and had his lead whittled to two strokes over Adam Scott after the third round at the PGA Championship on Saturday.
It wasn't until Scott missed a crucial birdie putt at the par-5 17th, which leaked away just as it reached the hole, that his hopes of winning his second major championship began to fade.
"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. "Then I thought I had a shot and didn't quite pull it off".
Fans were scrambling to get a glimpse of Tiger Woods.
"It has been a very hard week", Scott said. Asked if he could have fathomed in January contending until the final holes of a major, three weeks after hanging in until the final day of another, Woods answered with another question: "With what swing?"
It was nearly too late before anybody paid attention to what Scott was doing. "For me to make triple on 10, to give myself a little bit of confidence, I told myself I did the same thing in Phoenix".
Keep playing, Tiger; keep driving and chipping and putting, fist-pumping and club-waving-but he's coming. Two flawless opportunities for birdies that instead became bogeys are the main reasons he didn't hold up the Wanamaker Trophy for a second consecutive year.