You got the feeling that Tiger Woods was just hanging on and hanging on and hanging on until he could post another 60-something like he did in the final round of the Honda Classic last year.
Well, that plan went very badly for Woods on Sunday.
A double bogey and bogey on the front nine, along with three bogeys and a double on the back meant Woods closed with a rough 74, 13 shots off the lead when he finished up.
Here's his scorecard:
The +4 final round is Woods' worst final-round finish since a +5 final round at the Barclays at the end of last season.
After his round he told NBC:
I kept making too many penalties this week. I didn't play that poorly but I had two water balls and a lost ball. Take those away and I missed two short birdie putts and it was actually a decent round. I just have to clean up my rounds.
Woods fought gusty winds all day and actually made a few birdies on the front side, but he couldn't put anything together on the back until the final hole.
Woods did eagle No. 18 in very similar fashion to last year's No. 18 eagle on Sunday -- a sick fade into a wicked right-side pin setting.
Note the similarities:
It was at least a glimmer in at the end of a pretty dark final day.
Despite rough day, Tiger asks volunteer on 18 what "number" his Nike shoes are. Proceeds to give Streb short lecture on Swoosh footwear.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 3, 2013
Woods will compete again in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral next weekend -- you know, the one where he withdrew last year and got chased by the blimp down the highway like he was O.J. Simpson.