At one point in the distant past, 1991 if memory serves, professional golfer John Daly made it into the U S PGA Championship as the ninth alternate before going on to win.

Similar circumstances almost unfolded this year, as Adam Scott was handed a special exemption by the U S PGA and allowed to compete in the 100th running of the final Major of the season.

Scott almost pulled a Daly, but in the end, he did not experience the same fortune.

Scott finished the tournament in third, taking good advantage of the opportunity to play in an event that by rights, he should have been watching.

He came into the tournament ranked 77th in the world and his last top-five finish in a Major was in 2016. Of the previous seven times Scott teed it up in a Major tournament; his highest finish was ninth in the 2017 Masters.

His putting had never been responsible for putting him on the map (have to love that English language, eh?), but it had gotten even worse. Recent statistics ranked him at 203rd for his average of 30.28 putting strokes per round. The other dismal putting statistic was that he was 192nd for strokes gained putting.

Scott seemed to draw some inspiration from his memories of Jarrod Lyle, the Aussie professional golfer who died from cancer on the eve of the tournament.

Scott got off to a rocky start by bogeying the very first hole, but he never quit and successfully closed a four-shot gap between he and Koepka to reach the 14th hole in a dead heat.

While all that was happening in the final pairing, the group ahead containing Tiger Woods was creating the noise of crowd roars as he reeled off six birdies to get within one stroke of the lead.

Woods charge faltered when he hit his tee shot wide right on the 17th hole and had to struggle for a par, when a birdie would have tied the lead. He recovered to birdie the final hole, but nothing short of a Koepka disaster could help him at that stage.


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