The 14-times major winner, who had whipped the massive gallery into a frenzy on the front nine, sent them into absolute hysteria with two more birdies at 12 and 13.
It again vaulted him within one of the lead.
“You could hear them,” smiled Woods. “They were loud and they stayed around and … it’s been incredible with the positiveness that everyone was saying and they wanted to see some good golf and we produced some.”
While Woods and Scott were mounting charges on the way home, Koepka, who has only one other victory on the PGA Tour at Phoenix in 2015, stalled with five consecutive pars.
But when Scott grabbed a share of top and with Woods nipping at his heels one behind, Koepka again showed his steel with birdies at 15 and 16 to regain control.
However, Woods kept up the pressure until the end by rolling in a 20-foot birdie at 18.
“I mean, everybody on the golf course heard it (the noise),” said Koepka. “You could hear the roars when we were on 10 and 11, and then you could kind of hear it trickle down as they changed the leaderboards all the way through.
“It’s pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie. I think everybody at the golf course cheers for him.”(Reuters/NAN)