Tiger Woods shoots 70 in final round of Masters, finishes in top 10
Tiger Woods couldn't put himself in contention on the front nine at the Masters on Sunday, and that gave him little shot at his fifth green jacket as he could not catch the leaders.
It just wasn't there for Tiger Woods on Sunday at Augusta National.
Woods shot a 2-under-par 70 that included two bogeys on the front nine. Trailing by four coming into the round, he knew he needed to go low on the first few holes and just didn't do it.
One issue for Woods all week has been hole No. 2. It has been playing as the third easiest hole on the course, and Woods parred it all four days.
That Woods fell short wasn't unexpected. There was no shortage of golf media and fans reminding the world that he has never come from behind in the final round to win a major.
Woods talked to CBS after his round about why he struggled:
I had a hard time getting acustomed to the speed. I thought 10 [under] would win it outright. Unfortunately I just didn't make enough putts.
On a day in which the leaders fell back to the pack a little bit, it was a tantalizing thought to think about Woods torching the back nine en route to green jacket No. 5.
He teased us with birdies at Nos. 9 and 10 and a near chip-in from on the green at No. 11 (yes, on the green) for three straight.
Woods knew then he needed eagle on Nos. 13 and 15, but he got only birdies on both. It was still there for the taking, though, after Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera hit it in the water on No. 13. Woods had a birdie putt on No. 16 to get within two -- and set the golf world ablaze because if not for his two-stroke penalty on Friday that would have tied him for the lead -- but he missed it.
As Woods stood over his approach on No. 15, I couldn't help but think about how amazing it was that, if Woods' approach on No. 15 on Friday had been one inch to the left or right, he probably would have been 7 under going into the final round and played in one of the last two groups -- right where he wants to be in majors.
He probably would have won the tournament, too.
But as a result of an unfortunate bounce -- and the consequential two-stroke penalty fiasco -- he was gunning from way back on Sunday.
Right where he doesn't want to be.
Woods has been notoriously average (for him) in the last few years at the Masters. He broke par on the front nine on Saturday for the first time since 2011. And he hasn't had a round in the 60s in his last 10 rounds. Nothing this year, nothing last year, and you have to go all the way back to his second round in 2011 to find a 66.
The story of 2012 was how much Woods faded in majors on the weekend, but that wasn't the issue this week. He didn't fade; he just couldn't close.
The story of his season flipped, too. All season, he has been putting out of his mind but struggling with approaches and off the tee.
This week, he was fine off the tee, great with his irons, but his putter failed him over and over again. Three-putts, 360s, bad lags and missed birdies. He just couldn't get in a rhythm on the greens.
So, as the Tour heads for Hilton Head next week, Woods heads back to the lab to start his prep work for Merion Golf Club and another major, the U.S. Open.
The majors are all he cares about, you know.
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