Yet just like that day out on the East End of Long Island when Fleetwood finished one shot behind Koepka, this time a little farther west on the Island he was watching as Koepka matched the 63 with his terrific opening round at the Black.
It ended with a birdie putt from just inside 35 feet on the ninth hole for the 17th score of 63 in the PGA Championship.
"I didn't take advantage of my opportunities", Woods said.
"If you hit fairways you're going to be able to hit greens and get the ball close to the hole", he said. The defending champion may have shot 63 yesterday, a near-faultless display only blighted by three missed short putts that could have turned the spectacular into something borderline outlandish. The South Korean-born Kiwi was in the first group off the back nine and double bogeys at 15 and 16 left him six over for the day, but four birdies took him into a share of sixth on two-under with South Korea's Kang Sung.
Brooks Koepka began his defense of last year's PGA Championship on Thursday. I think he's got some of that swag that Tiger used to have, especially considering he's won three of the past five majors. He slipped up shortly after, bogeying three of the next four holes, where he missed two straight eight foot putts for par. That helps explain why he has not had a top-10 finish since he tied for ninth at Carnoustie past year.
They claim Woods and his girlfriend, Erica Herman, the restaurant's general manager, knew their son battled alcoholism, according to the suit, and that Woods "was directly responsible for ensuring that his employees and management ... were not over-serving its employees/customers", TMZ reported. "This was actually the first time I actually got to play in a major with this distance".
Masters champion Woods made a double bogey at the hole, and, just like that, Koepka had a three-shot lead over the 15-time major victor and betting favourite.
England's Rose, third-ranked Koepka and fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy could all overtake Johnson with a victory, with McIlroy and Johnson set for afternoon starts and Rose opening with a bogey at the 10th. "It is a very real thing", Pepper said.
Woods, who has topped the rankings for a record 683 weeks, also could become world number one for the first time since March 2013 with a victory on the same course where he captured the 2002 US Open. He bogied four of his first five holes on the back nine and couldn't make up ground. "But I never once thought about the course record or anything".
Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, who closed with his lone birdie to open on 72 is another early starter. "I parred the two par 5s". I was just trying to shoot the best I could.