(CNN)It was never meant to happen. And yet, it did. It was the major victory many had long since accepted would never happen again -- 3,955 days after his last major triumph. Since Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, 31 different players have claimed golf's big four. And as he holed the putt that brought to an unlikely end a drought that few had foreseen and even fewer foresaw being broken, the 15-time major winner crept one step closer to Jack Nicklaus' unrivaled 18 titles.