At The Open after taking the lead on the back nine, he went double-bogey and bogey before playing the last six holes in 1 under.
Some players were closer to Lyle than others - and a handful of them find themselves near the top of the leaderboard presenting the chance of an extra emotional outcome.
Koepka uses that indifference, be it real or perceived, as fuel. It carried him through those lonely months of inactivity as he recovered from a left wrist injury and those far flung early days of his career when he chased his dream to the four corners of the globe on the European Challenge Tour. "The energy's been fantastic, which I really fed off, so I'm excited for that". "The crowds are insane so we're just trying to plan it out and see what we can see".
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.
Koepka gave the field a glimmer of hope after moving to 13 under with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. Sinks it. Woods was momentarily two-back, but a birdie by Koepka at No. 1 took care of that.More news: Ingraham Denies Saying Anything Racist In Her Televised Racist Segment
"The greens were getting fuzzy, they're getting slow, and I didn't hit the putts quite hard enough, " Woods said. "They really get my attention. You should see the best players in the world come to the top".
The consensus before this week's PGA was that Bellerive would favor the long hitter and there's nothing on the 54-hole leaderboard to suggest that won't be the case. Tiger Woods had completed seven holes in three under par, with playing partner Rory McIlroy carding seven pars.
A bogey on the 10th was instantly cancelled out by a tap-in birdie on the short 11th, but Woods then three-putted from 100 feet on the next after his approach from the rough just reached the front of the green.
"I can live with that", he said Friday after a 4-under 66.
A four-under third round by the 14-time major-winner took him to nine-under and four behind leader Brooks Koepka, who had four holes remaining.More news: Liverpool confirm squad numbers for new arrivals
As for Woods, his new competitive reality has never been so clear.
The question is whether Woods will be able to keep up such a hot scoring pace for another round and fight through such a sluggers' row of fellow established champions.
Heading into the final round, Tiger Woods sits in a tie for sixth place, four strokes back. "This golf course is stacked right now and everyone is bunched", Woods said. Just two strokes back was Adam Scott, who had the low round among the leaders with his 65.
The PGA Championship moves to May next year, which isn't going to do the event any favors in terms of standing out; the only possible benefit is coming earlier in the golf calendar, between the Masters and the U.S. Open, but that's not going to make it feel like a bigger event.
"Everybody wanted a picture with Dustin", Koepka smiled. The golf course is gettable and I'm holing a few putts.More news: Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe
Finau was among five players who accompanied Furyk to France this summer for a scouting trip at Le Golf Nacional, the host course of the September 28-30 Ryder Cup matches. "Because of that, you got to make birdies".
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