If the Woods group was the place everyone wanted to be, Koepka and Scott were sedately and serenely going about their own personal duel as the last two out.
Between 2011 and 2015 Adam Scott finished in the top 15 in 15 of 20 major championships starts - including his iconic win at the 2013 Masters. Rounding out the top eight is Webb Simpson, who finished T19 at Bellerive.
Only an inspired round from back-to-back US Open victor Koepka denied Woods.
When Woods withdrew after the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2017, he had fallen all the way to No.674. "I do want to be on the team as a player".
"It was a struggle until I found a little bit of something on the back nine", Woods said.
There is only one rookie now on the team and Justin Thomas just happens to be a major victor and a former world No 1.
After four back surgeries, you could certainly be forgiven for thinking that Tiger's time had been and gone.
This was the second year in a row that Sky Sports did not show the final major of the year.
"I'm just thankful to be here". "This was the first real Tiger effect I've experienced with that many people".
"Yeah, well, it was kind of.it was so short, first off, and then the fact of I've got.it was kind of, I didn't want it to be in his way because I knew he'd be looking at it".More news: Chelsea blank Huddersfield in Sarri's debut
"I'm proud to be the United States captain, but Patrick Reed has been Captain America on the last two Ryder Cup teams", he said with a laugh.
In the frenzy of excitement that greeted Tiger Woods making his final round charge, it is nearly easy to forget that Woods did not actually win anything in St Louis.
Until Sunday at Bellerive Country Club, there had been one glaring hole in the argument that Tiger Woods was "back".
He's got it! Pressure putt from Koepka and he makes it look easy!
The Governor of Missouri says that means good things for the future of golf in St. Louis and Missouri. There is this, kind of, sense that he feels: "I can't be ignored now.' He doesn't play up to the galleries, he doesn't play up to the media, he's like 'I've won three in six and you just can't ignore me" so I think he could be the late bolter. "I had the most easy, basic, inside right putt that you could possibly have and I made it".
But Koepka, who heard the crowd cheering for Woods further down the course, was not to be denied.
But the value of Mickelson on the Ryder Cup team has to do with intangibles nearly as much as it does with how many birdies he makes.
"I have a lot of self belief".
He moves clear of Woods and level with Koepka! It'll still take an almighty choke from Koepka to seal the title though.
Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson will likely each get one, as will Woods - who will be in France as a co-captain but not necessarily a player regardless - thanks to what he accomplished at the PGA Championship.
"Three majors at 28 - it's a cool feeling", Koepka said.