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Tiger Woods limps home at The Barclays, still almost makes playoff

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Tiger Woods limped to the finish line at The Barclays on Sunday both literally and figuratively. Woods' bad back was all over the place on Sunday, holding up for the most part on the front nine and breaking down for the most part on the back nine (where, he coincidentally started struggling and hitting poor shots).

Woods said he hurt his back earlier this week on account of a bet that was too soft so...yeah.

After his round Woods said his injuries were back spasms.

I didn't think Woods would be able to overcome the three golfers ahead of him (Matt Kuchar, Kevin Chappell, and Gary Woodland) but he had a ton of chances on Sunday to get win No. 80. And those three weren't the issue anyway -- Adam Scott was.

Tiger was in it until the end as he sat 130 yards away on the 18th hole needing birdie to tie Scott and go to a playoff and flew it over the back of the green.

He then barely missed the putt from off the green en route to a final-hole par and final-round 69, giving Scott his second win of the season.

The 69 was Woods' first final round in the 60s all season.

Here's a look at the miss:

Woods blew chances on the back nine as he made three very sloppy bogeys before trying to close at the end which he obviously failed to do.

Here's a look at Woods' scorecard -- the bogey on No. 13 is particularly painful given that it was a par 5 and the spot where he went to his knees because of a back spasm:

The interesting thing for the next three playoff tournaments will be to see how Woods handles his back situation. They aren't majors so he won't die on that hill but there is $10 million at the end of the rainbow which is a lot, even for Tiger.

What's crazy is that Woods was going for his sixth (!) win in non-major stroke-play tournaments and that putt (and surely an ensuing fist pump) would have been an amazing way to get into a playoff with Scott.

In the end though, Woods came up short gunning for No. 80 in his career.

Something tells me he'll get it sooner rather than later.

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