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Nervelessly, he then ripped two huge drives down the 17th and 18th holes to effectively ensure his spot in history as just the fifth player to win both the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season, all on the back of a wrist injury previous year that threatened his career.

In posting his lowest three consecutive rounds at a major (66-66-64) and lowest weekend score at a major (10-under 130) - as in ever - the 14-time major champion would finish second, his best showing at a major since his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship in 2009. The crowd at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country went nuts every time Woods made a shot, but some missed puts in the later holes prevented him from winning his first PGA Championship since 2007.

"His game - the word he used is trending - his game is trending and it is great to see him playing well, for me the numbers (World Rankings) are nice, good to look at, but not always the most important". "I realise that right now we are here to celebrate the top eight players, but he's hard to ignore".

The lesson is clear: When Woods is absent, the casual fans tune out.

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And it came in a season where he missed the Masters with a left wrist injury.

Three weeks ago, he told Sportsmail he wasn't sure whether Tiger Woods would win another major.

"This is the first real Tiger effect I've experienced, with that many people", said defending champion Justin Thomas, who played two groups ahead and finished tied for sixth. "Tiger's been a vice-captain in the team room as a player - he serves that role in either direction", Furyk said.

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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. "Bit of a struggle with my game". But he said he hadn't felt this good at a tournament he didn't win in a long time. "You're going to have to make some birdies".

"But overall, I was really proud of the way I hung in there".

Woods, who said he wants to be chosen as a captain's pick for the US Ryder Cup team, was pleased he was able to contend at the PGA and lead in the last round of last month's British Open.

In peak Tiger fashion, the crowd erupted after he drained a 19-foot birdie putt on his final hole to end the tournament at 14-under par.

The impact was dramatic for rivals as well.

"It was pretty cool", Thomas said. "I'm not that bad" and he said 'Brooks Keopka is unbelievable.he's going to win on the European Tour next season and then I think he's going to win majors" and you're kind of saying 'Ok, I've heard this before, ' you'll keep an eye out for him.

"I really wanted to see kind of how Tiger was playing, and I only got to see".

Even after the excruciating miss on No. 11 - one that looked a lot like his teetering, toppling chip on No. 16 at the Masters in 2005, except that one went in - Woods would not quit.

"Then I didn't play the last two holes too well".