A new Players Champion in Webb Simpson and a new world No 1 in Justin Thomas, but the only American golfer occupying the United States sports networks in the hours after Sawgrass was Tiger Woods. A penalty drop, a chip and two putts was a slightly flat way to end a brilliant week, but it was still more than good enough to secure his fifth PGA Tour victory - and first since 2013. He was in third place, nine shots behind, and figured all he could do last Sunday was go as low as he could and see where it led.
"But now I'm playing tournament golf and I'm not far from winning golf tournaments". "It was tough to stay in the moment".
"I thought about him all day". He earned $1.98 million, for his biggest payday since winning the 2012 U.S. Open.
Johnson's 15-month reign came to an end after finishing tied for 17th at 10 under as US PGA Championship victor Thomas posted a final-round 66 to be 11 under alongside five others, including Tiger Woods.
It had been 106 starts since his last win.
"I mean to be eight-under there through 12, realistically I probably could have got a couple more out of it and got to 10 for the day", he said.
"There's so many people that are part of the puzzle". Had it not been for my faith, it would have been a lot harder.
He came up just short of being really good and making the final round really interesting. Four-time Major victor McIlroy is going to be one of the all-time greats but he misses cuts like anyone else, which Tiger did not do.
Schwartzel, Walker and Schauffele, last year's Rookie of the Year, each shot 67 in the final round, but they were nothing but an afterthought.
Simpson had been five strokes clear of three players after his second-round 63. He wound up tied for 11th at 11 under.
Koepka also recorded just the second albatross in tournament history, when he one-hopped his second shot into the cup on the par-five 16th. "I hope he plays sooner rather than later", Duval said. "That was where we had most of our memories was on the golf course".
"No. 14, it's blowing downwind, and it's off the left, and [the pin] is on top of that crown, and I thought it [the ball] was going to skip", Woods said of the shot from 110 yards.
And although the former US Open champion saw his advantage cut to four shots with eight holes remaining, a closing 73 was enough to secure a fifth PGA Tour title and the winner's cheque of nearly £1.5million. I hit it close at 17, wasn't able to make the putt, and then bogeyed 18 from the middle of the fairway.
"I really played really good today".
Still, he hasn't played very well at this track over the course of his career and it seemed important for him to jump-start the second half of his season with something on the weekend. Meanwhile, Justin Thomas took over the world's No. 1 ranking with his 11th-place finish after carding a 66 in the fourth round.
Thomas supplanted Dustin Johnson (who finished tied for 17th) as the new World No. 1.
Danny Lee ended in the drink on the 12th hole in the final round after a heackler form the crowd called "make America great again".
A tournament-record 69 players finished under par for the 72 holes.
The PGA Tour heads to Texas this week for the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.