Others in that group included 2009 British Open winner Stewart Cink, 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia, second-ranked defending champion Justin Thomas, 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa and Ireland's Shane Lowry.
He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years.
What a year its been! What an anti-climax, he'll still win, but jeez that would have been cool.
So Woods, even with two birdies, was still three strokes back. "Got off to a hot start", Koepka said. Scott for birdie, but he's missed too! "It's hard to rationalize everything after leading with four holes to play".
A brilliant reception for Tiger as he heads back to the clubhouse.
"Probably now as we get some time off and get to go home and be with out family, we'll be able to celebrate him a little bit more".
Denise watched the round from the gallery alongside Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, as Koepka clinched the title with a par on 18.
And Woods' last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee shot on the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole. And he's only gone and sunk it! His only miss was from inside 3 feet for par on the 15th hole, though he answered immediately with a tee shot to 2 feet at the par-3 16th. This tournament is now Kopeka's to lose. Three shots behind at the turn, he and Kevin Kisner were in a front bunker. Scott birdied five of seven holes from the seventh to the 13th with his massive pendulum of a putter, to briefly tie for the lead. "You're going to have to make some birdies". Koepka now with a chance for the outright lead.
But no sooner had Woods done so than Koepka strode on to the course and struck a wedge to gimme distance on the first hole to move to 13 under. I was just hanging in there, grinding it out and trying to make as many birdies as possible.
Woods, in the eighth month of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery after years of back injuries, was in a pack four strokes adrift.
Scott was tied for the lead until Koepka's birdies. Scott and Koepka still even. It is irreconcilable that someone could win three of his first 20 major starts but only one of his first 80 non-major starts on the PGA Tour.
Tiger with a long putt to save par on the 14th and the ball kisses the rim and rolls away!
The 42-year-old, who only returned to competitive action in November after spinal fusion surgery last April, missed from seven feet for birdie on the first but converted from three feet on the second and nearly holed his tee shot on the third to set up another gain.
"It's hard to make big numbers", Woodland said. He moves clear of Woods and level with Koepka!
"It's a packed leaderboard and there are going to be about 10 of us looking for that round of the year", Scott said.
He hung tough. He responded with birdies on No. 10 and No. 11.
Another birdie for Tiger!
Thomas drops a shot with a bogey on the 14th, while Pieters double bogey's the 17th! "So the good news is 10 birdies in a major is pretty good".
Ten players were within four shots of the lead, no name bigger - no buzz bigger - than Woods.
What do we have here?
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, Spain's Jon Rahm, Swede Alex Noren and England's Ian Poulter top the world rankings points qualifiers as of now, Poulter sharing 31st to edge just in front of Casey, who missed the cut. And when he walked off the course, up and over the players' stairway above the crowd, he turned to see a gathering of thousands staring up at him.
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