Monday October 29, 2012
Woods drives fans into a frenzy with birdie blitz
TIGER Woods drove the huge crowd following him into a frenzy with his lowest round – an eight-under 63 – at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
It was his first bogey free round too but it was still not enough to challenge the leaders.
A couple of missed opportunities on the back nine meant he had to settle for a three-way tie for fourth place alongside fellow American Chris Kirk and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge. Woods, who eventually finished three strokes behind tournament winner Nick Watney, was still pleased with the final outcome.
Woods’s first visit here 13 years ago ended with him partnering Mark O’Meara to lift the World Cup for United States but this time around there will be no triumphant departure. Despite this, Woods, who managed 66, 67 and 69 in earlier rounds, was pleased to have tried.
“I’m very pleased with the way I played. I hit the ball well, made a bunch of putts today and it was a good day overall. But I left a couple out there. I parred one par-five on the back nine and the other one I put it up there and one of the guys who raked it, they put a pile of sand right there and it was right up on top of it. Oh boy, this is either going to go way long or I am going to flub it, and I ended up flubbing it.
“You know, the golf course was really soft today. We played ball in hand again, and I needed to get to 20 plus and that was the goal. It looks like I didn’t quite do it,” said Tiger, who must have rued his back nine performance, especially the double bogey on the final hole on Saturday that ultimately cost him his title chances.
“My goal was to get to 20 plus. That’s the only chance I had. I had to post that. That was the goal starting yesterday because that means I have to shoot nine-under today just to have any kind of chance. It ended up not being much of a chance. Yesterday’s last nine holes put me in a spot where I really could not win the championship,” said Woods, who collected US$265,000.