So was Tiger Woods, which apparently created a different environment at Bellerive Country Club.
Tiger Woods shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to move himself into a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship.
It looked curtains when a par putt horseshoed agonisingly out at the 14th but back came Woods with a tap-on birdie at the 15th. Of course, any time Tiger is playing, he is going to dominate coverage (as he should), but this felt like we were just watching the two afternoon featured groups (Woods, McIlroy and Thomas, and Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and Keegan Bradley) on PGA.com.
Those errors brought Woods back into contention. Tiger Woods birdied three of his first five holes played.
"I thought, it's probably Tiger's last time coming to St. Louis, so I might as well go all out", Brown said.
And Woods' last chance to apply real pressure vanished when he pushed his tee the par-5 17th right of the creek running along the right side of the hole.
"As much as I can", Brown said of trying to follow Woods throughout his round. He recovered from that well enough to secure his third PGA tour victory on Super Bowl Sunday. And if the putter feels good and stays hot on the weekend, just try and make some kind of a run. With a front pin on the seventh hole, he went some 25 feet beyond the flag and holed the putt, and then got up-and-down from a bunker on par-5 eighth.
They're all chasing big-hitting Gary Woodland, who carded a 66 to reach 10 under and maintain his lead, although Kevin Kisner (64) closed to within a stroke, while Brooks Koepka and Charl Schwartzel each fired joint US PGA record rounds of 63 to reach eight and seven under, respectively.
It's not just the American players who are digging the atmosphere. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters.
Schwartzel's only top-five finish since his Masters triumph came a year ago when he finished third at Augusta National behind the head-to-head duel of victor Sergio Garcia and Britain's Justin Rose. He has been motivated by more serious moments, from being left off the "notable scores" section of TV coverage at tournaments and even last week, when he was not summoned for a TV interview to preview the PGA Championship.
Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, whose morning 67 was highlighted by a 58-foot chip-in at 14, had three bogeys against two birdies over the first 10 holes in round three.
For the record, Woods didn't hit a fairway on the front nine.
While it's going to be a hard task for Woods to claim a 15th major win this week, it's not out of the question.