Woods began the day four shots off the lead in a tie for sixth, exactly the same position he was in after 54 holes of the Open Championship at Carnoustie, where he would move into a one-shot lead with eight holes to play before fading to sixth.
Tiger Woods makes stunning charge but Brooks Koepka holds on for third major win at the PGA Championship. But after a slow start to his round, including a bogey at the first, Scott proved he had a little fight left.
Amid relentless pandemonium, Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and seize control.
"Oh, God, I didn't even know if I was going to play golf again, so yeah", he said.
Just not quite well enough.
Sims' face as Woods followed Koepka into the cabin was one of pure exultation. His 13-under total was good for third place, one back of Woods and three off the pace.
Tiger's failure on the hole began when he chose to play it safe.
"This was some really good golf this week".
Captain Jim Furyk has four captains picks to round out the squad - per Golfweek, he'll announce three after the Dell Technologies Championship and a fourth after the BMW Championship. Fans would occasionally shout his name as Scott walked by Sunday, ensuring his good friend and fellow Aussie was never far from his mind.
I don't think I'd ever played in front of that many people.
"My doctors, physios, trainers, everybody did an unbelievable job even to get me back out on the golf course, and to do what I've done is very impressive".
Scott will be able to enjoy some newfound confidence, too. I didn't know what swing I was going to use, either.
Tiger Woods roars back into contention at USPGA Championship
The four-time PGA Championship victor made five birdies and one bogey through eight holes and finished with 10 consecutive pars. But an even-par back nine leaves Woods having to chase down a four-shot deficit if he is to earn his 15th major title.
After a hard few years with Woods dealing with multiple back problems and personal issues, Woods finally looks like he can return to the top of golf.
"I can give myself a pass now for sure", he said.
Need an example? When Woods birdied the 15th hole on Sunday to pull within a shot at 13-under par - almost dunking his approach from the fairway - it was bedlam. When he needs to do it the most he seems to perform the best.
If you're someone who gets defensive about how much you use your phone, you might want to close your browser app right now. He made up for it with laser-like iron shots like the one he hit to kick-in distance at the par-4 15th, and a tidy 23 putts. I'd just keep doing what he's doing because he's showing up at the right moments in the biggest events.
He hit a poor approach on No. 11, but stared down a 30-foot putt for birdie that would have kept momentum on his side.
"That was certainly filtering back through the groups", Scott said.
But Tiger's putter? It brought more moans than cheers to the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods.
It was nearly too late before anybody paid attention to what Scott was doing.
He made his first bogey of the day at the par-3 6th after finding a back bunker off the tee, but he wouldn't have to wait long to get back to 10 under. But all in all, I made a lot of progress.
"He's playing great this year".
Thomas has received his due plaudits for his accomplishments in the last two years - shooting 59 in Hawaii, 63 at Erin Hills, winning eight times, taking the FedExCup, and collecting a Player of the Year Award.