Adam Scott has honoured great mate Jarrod Lyle with a scintillating performance at the US PGA Championship.
Just days after the golf community was rocked by the heartbreaking death of Lyle after a 17-year battle with cancer, Scott finished third at Missouri’s Bellerive Country Club on Sunday, just three shots behind winner Brooke Koepka.
Koepka fired a four-under-par 66 to earn a 16-under total and a two-shot win from 14-time major champion Woods (64), with Scott (67) third.
“Everyone got going around the turn; a lot of roars happening out there. It was good fun to be in it,” said Scott.
“I just missed putts on 14 and 15 and Brooks made them; my momentum was gone and I didn’t play the last two holes very well.”
Playing in the final group alongside Koepka, Scott dropped from two to four shots back on the first hole when he made bogey to Koepka’s birdie.
But he rallied with two birdies before the turn which gave the 2013 Masters winner a hope of reeling in Koepka on the back nine.
Scott jagged birdies at the 10th and 12th, before another at the 13th launched him into a tie for the lead.
But Koepka responded by picking up shots at the 15th and 16th and never looked back, calmly two-putting for par on 18 for victory.
Despite the late fade-out, Scott undoubtedly did Lyle proud.
As he told reporters on Saturday evening, he wanted to win this one for his mate.
“It would be more than twice the thrill for me, but I think no matter who wins tomorrow I think if that person has met Jarrod Lyle, then they will have felt something with him passing this week,” he said.
Numerous players paid tribute to Lyle by wearing a yellow ribbon on their hats all week.
“It’s been such a difficult thing I think for us to get our heads around because we have been removed from Jarrod and his family back in Australia and everything happening so suddenly last week and then this week,” Scott said.
“I don’t even really know if we have all really had time to reflect on it and let it sink in. But I think that a part of everyone’s playing for Jarrod out here this week.”
Koepka claimed his third major in 14 months after successfully defending his breakthrough 2017 US Open victory at Shinnecock Hills this year.
The victory places the 28-year-old in elite company as he joins Woods, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season.
Woods birdied the last for a 64, equalling the day’s best round, and his 266 total score is the lowest of his major championship career.