The 14-time major victor fired his lowest final round in a major, a six-under par-64, on Sunday to finish second at the PGA Championship - and a career once seen as over might just have some magic left in it after all.
Tiger Woods is returning to form with back-to-back top-of-the-leaderboard finishes at the past two major golf championships, the latest with a rousing second-place finish behind Brooks Koepka on Sunday at the PGA Championship.
When it was over, Woods had a warm hug and a huge smile for the guy he calls "Brooksy".
"It's tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle", Woods said.
With the US PGA Championship moving from August to May, and with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational now defunct, we're losing some of the best trends in golf.
The 100th US PGA Championship has gone the way of Brooks Koepka, in his 100th PGA Tour start.
Drama? That was Woods' domain.
The US captain has previously singled out Woods as a potential captain's pick. After a bogey on No. 14, he made a 30-foot putt to save par on No. 15.
Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies.
The ball rested on the edge of the cup, its logo peeking into the hole for what felt like forever. That one went in.
Woods birdies the 15th, he's now back to one behind the front pair.
But he did not quit.
Woods certainly had a few shots he'd like to have back, among them a awful iron off the tee into the juicy right rough at the innocuous par-4 14th that led to bogey, as well as that way-right drive on 17, which needed to find the fairway.
Roars echoed through the trees at Bellerive.
He started the US Open in similarly slow fashion before moving serenely through the field in round two and this was nearly a carbon copy of his imperious performance at Shinnecock last month. It's pretty apparent what a Tiger roar is versus anybody else. He scrambled for a par there when he really needed a birdie and was three back once he reached the 18th fairway.
It wasn't going to happen. Every one of those players has won at least one tournament this year except for Spieth, whose last win came at last year's British Open. He's got deft touch and a pure putting stroke, but is more about overpowering golf courses than overthinking them.
Europe's Ryder Cup stars will hope Koepka is as accommodating when he lines up for the U.S. team in France next month.
They got louder for each birdie by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of noise. For the umpteenth time Rickie was in-the-mix at a major last week but it was sadly all too predictable as he yet again fell short with a disappointing one-over-par round on Sunday.
His most stirring performance in years left Woods second, two shots behind victor Koepka, who shot 66 to finish with a 16-under 264 and claim his third major in the last seven.
'I think what we've already witnessed represents the greatest comeback in golf and if he wins again it will be, for me, the greatest comeback in sport'.
"I'm just very pleased at what I've done so far, and now to be part of the Ryder Cup conversation, going from where I've come from to now in the previous year, it's been pretty cool".