The 42-year-old golfer and winner of 14 Grand Slam tournaments, fought to the end for the title of the last Grand Slam tournament of the season that was held by American Brooks Koepka.
The American Brooks Koepka won this Sunday at the Bellerive Country Club of St. Louis the 100th edition of the PGA Championship, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season, where Tiger Woods returned to the relevance in a 'major' at the end in second position.
Woods, winner of 14 Grand Slam tournaments, fought to the end for the title after years of fighting back injuries and returning to the circuit just eight months ago after undergoing a spinal fusion.
Koepka thus became the fifth player in history to win the same year the PGA Championship and the US Open at the end of Sunday with a card of 264 hits, 16 below the pair, with two advantage over the 'Tiger '
The Spanish Jon Rahm started the day with victory options but, after an irregular performance, in the end he had to settle for the fourth position with 269 hits (-11).
The triumph was for Koepka but the lights went to Woods. With the public delivered, and after signing a card on Thursday on the pair of 70 strokes, the 'Tiger' was traced with the passage of days: 66 on Friday and 66 on Saturday. In spite of it, nobody counted on him for the final victory but this one was approaching to birdie blow.
"Doing this is incredible," said Koepka, 28, who has always acknowledged having looked at Woods, 42, throughout his career.
Woods won the PGA Championship for the last time in 2007, his last major in 2008 at the US Open and, since his return, had not been so close to a win of this magnitude.
The public knew it and gave himself absolutely to one of the greatest idols in the history of American sport.
"The fans have been very positive all week, I can not thank them enough for what they told me out there and what it means for me to have tried to win another 'major' again," Woods said.
"I heard all the roars as Tiger came in. It was fun, I enjoyed it," said Koepka, who added the third 'big' of his career.
The appearance of an unexpected Tiger
Koepka also came from behind, with a card on Thursday of 69 strokes, to end up being the most regular of the entire tournament. On Friday, he even flirted with the -8, which would have been the best record in history in a day of a PGA tournament. In the end that day ended with 63 (-7), showing that he was going to aspire to the whole weekend.
So it was. 66 on Saturday and, again, 66 on Sunday, fighting hand to hand until the end also with the Australian Adam Scott, erratic in the last two holes and finishing third with 267 hits (-13).
Koepka was crowned in the last Grand Slam of the year but Woods made it clear that he is beginning to be ready to regain the crown of world golf.