Adam Scott celebrates with his caddie Steve Williams on the 18th green.
It came up just short, but the withering run of Adam Scott today has far greater ramifications.
Scott, who patiently bided his time through the week and told those who’d listen that his best was near, finally launched it into full public view today.
The resultant six-under-par 64, the week’s best score, enabled him to charge up the leaderboard and finish tied fourth at three under after one of the more dramatic back nines in major championship history.
But in the bigger picture, Scott is increasingly confident that he’s found the form that took him to the top of the golfing world.
“I needed to make a run today … played really well and I took advantage of some of the holes playing a bit shorter and didn't have any disasters,” he said with typical modesty.
“I hit a few good shots and took advantage of them. It's kind of what I needed to even think about having a chance.”
When he finished his round an hour or so before the drama that unfolded in the final groups, Scott was still three from the lead.
At one point he was tied 2nd, highlighting just how much the day changed shape after he started in the 11th last group on course at three over par.
“I feel like I had nothing to lose today and everything to gain,” Scott said.
“I knew I was playing well and I just couldn't quite put it all together the first three days.
“And I really wanted to today – it was a big effort for me.
“To be honest, it's the kind of round I needed to get things going for me this year, hopefully.”
Scott immediately flashed forward to next month’s Open Championship at St Andrews with a poultice of momentum in his swag.
“Yes, absolutely. I've been working hard at it and I just hadn’t figured out what it is,” he said.
“And putting it altogether, it's been frustrating for sure. But this is the kind of event where you have to put all of that frustration aside and keep your patience, and I did that well this week.
“Every day I could have been a little upset with how things went out there for me because I felt I played pretty good.
“Today I got all the reward.”
Scott said all week that anything in red numbers would be competitive around the brutal Chambers Bay layout, but that today’s set-up wasn’t as fearsome as he’d planned.
“I teed off thinking that if I got to under par it would be all right, and then I saw the set-up and I kind of thought that might not be enough.
“So toward the end I wanted to get a couple of birdies coming in. I knew 18 is a (par) five and 16 is drivable, so there were going to be a lot of birdies there.
“So it was important, I thought, late in the round to get to three under and at least have the leaders think about things.”
Scott made a birdie on the second hole, but really kicked it into gear with a superb long bunker shot on the 7th hole to make another birdie on the course’s toughest hole.
Four more birdies, including one on the last, were music to his ears and, as he said five days ago, the reunion with caddie Steve Williams felt like putting the band back together.
That soundtrack suddenly has a very funky beat once more.