Woods led The Open at Carnoustie on Sunday, carnage occurring all around him, his two early birdies and some deft par saves putting him in position for a 15th major championship.
The result was an epic Open won by the most deserving player, who finished at eight under par.
"From someone like me coming from Italy, not really a major golfing country, it's been an incredible journey".
Sunday's result was not what numerous thousands who tracked through the humps and hollows of the links course wanted, though it probably was for the male spectator who heckled Woods as he hit his drive at the final hole.
But despite leading the field in driving accuracy heading into the final round, he could not find the burned-out short grass at the 11th and 12th holes, and it cost him dearly.
"Obviously, he had it going on the front nine, and then, unfortunately, just hit a couple of loose shots on the back nine". "I knew I was coming in with some good golf but my record around here was awful".
The "where I was" referred to the years of debilitating back pain finally solved by a spinal fusion 15 months ago that allowed him to resume his career after four years of severely-curtailed appearances. Schauffele made double bogey on the next hole, leaving one in the wispy grass, another over the green.
All around him on a windy summer day on the links of Carnoustie, the leaders were imploding as Tiger Woods moved into the lead at the turn. So I don't think anyone feels too confident when they stand on that first tee at Carnoustie. Playing a safe shot from behind the 11th green?
Spieth's hopes of emulating Woods by winning the Claret Jug for a second successive year withered away as he slumped to a final-round 76 on a desperately hard scoring day.
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"I need to try and keep it in perspective because, the beginning of the year, if they'd have said you're playing the Open Championship, I would have said I'd be very lucky to do that, " he said.
The pair's 72-hole total of 282 was good enough for top-20 finishes, but not good enough to contend for the Claret Jug.
Rory McIlroy was one shot behind Molinari.
He fell to 5 under, a stroke behind four players heading into the tough back nine. As highlighted in the In-Play Blog, I got Spieth onside at [11.0] and I backed Molinari at [100.0].
Former Gophers golfer Erik van Rooyen shot a 2-over 73 on Sunday and finished tied for 17th place at -2. I hit really good putts, too.
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.
Australian Open champion Cameron Davis closed with an impressive 1-under 70 to finish in the top 40 on his major championship debut.