Perhaps for the first time all day, the calmness Molinari exhibited throughout on the course turned to nervousness. "I never got angry", said Spieth, who finished T9.
Spieth hasn't had the best of years since winning the Open last year and the veneer of decent form just peeled away in the intensity of a major Sunday, Woods' rustiness in-contention was all too obvious when it came to the crunch, and the most recent victor of the three, Schauffele, who won last season's final PGA Tour event, the Tour Championship, came closest to winning after a shaky start.
Woods did not seek out the fan but appeared to look in the direction of the shout.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat fired another round of 74 on Sunday, and finished in a tie for 75th place, near the bottom of the group that made the cut and played on the weekend.
Edoardo Molinari, who plays on the European Tour, hardly knew what to say.
Woods did not, even though he tantalized the sport and chunks of the world by spending about 25 minutes alone atop the leader board midway through the round, 10 years after his 14th and most recent major win, five years after his most recent win and two-plus hours after starting off four shots behind.
"He hit a lot of little attractive pitches too to basically kick-ins", said Woods.
"I know it's going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I am now, (I feel) blessed".
Woods had the clubhouse lead with seven under when he finished his round on Saturday but fell short of overall victory, finishing five under - three away from eventual victor Francesco Molinari - but Player his tipped him for glory some time soon.
Then his tee shot went right, and his second shot veered way left. Woods got up-and-down for par on 17 after his approach spun into the wind, ballooned and fell woefully short.
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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - When Rory McIlroy made a birdie at the 11th hole Sunday, it seemed to him that he was back in contention at The Open.
It used to be that Woods was steely and superhuman, and no one dared get in his way.
"He wouldn't tell you, but he's human, " Jordan Spieth said. "I felt I was ready for the challenge".
Spieth had his own issues, of course, kicking away a share of the lead on his way to a fat 76 in the final round.
"It's just going to go in the memory bank as a positive", said the 24-year-old.
Then something wonderful by today's standards happened: Woods teed off and started putting together a great final round, and others started falling off. Improbably, Woods found himself someplace he hadn't for quite some time. "I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night", he said after shooting 67 and finishing in a three-way tie for sixth.
Rahm said there is a fine line between contending and missing the cut in most major championships, when a few stray shots can make the difference. Molinari didn't make a bogey on his way to a 69 while playing alongside Woods. But as it happens, I shot 67. "I thought there was maybe a 5% chance". "Tiger is minus-7, he didn't have a drink last night, I bet".
Woods had every reason to believe he would cap a most improbable comeback from four back surgeries. In the power era of golf, he is more of a pistol than a cannon. All the exemptions and spots in majors for years to come. A tie for sixth means nothing. All he did at the BMW PGA Championship was go head-to-head with McIlroy in the final round and beat him by two. He spoke about it later, in a rare personal admission for a player who grew up as a celebrity and has fought hard to keep his privacy over the years. "It's pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs and squeezes there".
Between them, Schauffele, Kisner and Chappell had played in just six Open Championships and it felt like that may have been the difference as bunkers were found with regularity and drives ran through fairways.
Today's showing was just Woods' tenth major championship start since 2014.