MEDINAH, Ill. -- The ending played out differently than anyone could have expected. It certainly wasn't supposed to occur now, not with one more tournament on the schedule, more glory to be pursued.
Tiger Woods didn't figure to be playing his final hole with nothing at stake Sunday, a par putt that brought appreciative applause at Medinah Country Club as he doffed his Nike cap to the crowd surrounding the green.
It wasn't the raucous scene of a year ago in Atlanta -- far from it. Nor the celebratory aftermath of Augusta National. Or the torrential outpouring of support that enveloped him after his close call a year ago in St. Louis at the PGA Championship.
Nope, it was simply the final moments of a season that did not finish anywhere near the way he wanted, but will always be remembered for what nobody thought was possible.
"Like I told him as we walked off the green,'' said Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, "'You've got the jacket, and that's all that matters. F--- it.'"