Tiger Woods sputters in final round, shoots 70 at Wyndham Championship
Tiger Woods couldn't make a run at the win as he shot an even-par 70 in the final round at the Wyndham Championship on Sunday.
Tiger Woods came into the final round at the Wyndham Championship -13 for the tournament, two shots back of leader Jason Gore. When Woods walked off the 18th green on Sunday evening, he was still -13 and finished in T10, four back of the winner Davis Love III.
While the end result was an even-par 70, Woods' round had plenty of twists and turns.
Woods opened his round with six straight pars, unable to get himself close enough to flagsticks to get really good looks at birdie and the putter wouldn't cooperate on 15-20 footers.
He bogeyed No. 7 after double-crossing himself on his tee shot into the par 3 and ending up in the gallery to the left. Woods got that dropped shot back with his best approach shot of the front nine on No. 9, which he was able to convert into a birdie and go out in even par 35, still just three behind the lead.
Woods needed a spark on the back nine, but instead buried himself on the 11th hole. Woods missed the green short and left with his second shot into the par 4, and then -- reminiscent of his chipping woes at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix -- bladed the ball all the way across the green into the rough on the other side.
From there, he chunked his second chip and was still not on the green in four. He put the wedge away and tried to putt the ball on his fifth shot from the fringe, but ran that past the hole by 12 feet and two-putted for a triple bogey. A bogey on No. 12 put him a 9-under and ensured that he was out of contention.
Despite going four over in a two hole stretch, Woods was able to rally. He birdied three straight from 13-15 and then closed with an excellent birdie on the 18th to shoot 13-under and salvage a top 10 finish.
Some speculated this weekend that Woods was battling through some kind of injury because it appeared, at times, that he was limping. Woods was coy all week about any injury and said after his final round that it wasn't anything to do with his back. All he said when pressed about looking hobbled was that it was "just my hip" without any further explanation.
Woods' issues this weekend didn't seem to be anything to do with his hip, though -- it just looked like he had a little discomfort walking. His turn through the golf ball was excellent on all four days of the tournament and it has to be considered his best driving tournament of the year -- partially helped by it being a course he could play a lot of irons off the tee.
Where Woods struggled on the weekend was with the flat stick, particularly from 15-25 feet. Woods had a number of decent birdie opportunities that he was unable to convert on the weekend until that final flurry at the end. He was fine scrambling from around the greens with the exception of No. 11 on Sunday, but he has to be a bit disappointed with his intermediate range putting on the weekend -- he was excellent putting the first two days.
Even still, Woods should takeaway plenty of positives from the Wyndham Championship. It was his best tournament finish since the 2013 Barclays and he was driving the ball and striking the ball as well as he has in two years all four days. He looks confident with his swing and comfortable trying to hit different shots all the way through his bag.
Woods said that he will play in the Frys.com Open in October, which is the first tournament of the new wraparound PGA Tour season, but until then we won't see Woods on a golf course in competition.
"This is my offseason right now," Woods said. "It will be nice. I got lots of soccer games and practices to go to, so I'll be doing that and just working out, training and trying to get more fit."
Hopefully Woods, who has shown considerable improvement with his game over the last few months, will be able to carry that over after a two month layoff from competition when he returns and find himself back in contention more often.
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