After a difficult week at the PGA Championship, there’s only one thing Tiger Woods wants to do.
“Try and keep up with a 4- and 6-year-old,” said Woods, referring to his children Charlie and Sam.
Woods' final round on Sunday at Oak Hill Country Club ended before the leaders even teed off, as the 14-time major champion shot an even par 70 to finish 4-over for the championship. Like he did at the 2003 PGA Championship, Woods didn’t have a round in the 60s on the famed East course.
“I put four good rounds last week, unfortunately it wasn’t this week” said Woods, referring to last week’s victory at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. “I didn’t seem to hit it as good and didn’t make many putts until the last few holes today.”
Woods round on Sunday was indicative of his week in Rochester. He had too many putts (30), didn’t hit enough greens (12 out of 18) and struggled to find the fairway only hitting four fairways.
He made par on the first seven holes but a bogey and double bogey on eight and nine, respectively, put him at 3-over making the turn. Woods bounced back on his second nine recording birdies on 12, 14 and 15.
“It’s more frustrating not being in it,” Woods said. “Having a chance on the back nine on Sunday, I can live with that. It’s always frustrating going out there, and I’m 3-over today, got to seven and I’m grinding my tail off coming in just to shoot even par for the day.”
Oak Hill may not have shown its usual degree of difficulty this week as it surrendered 69 under-par rounds the first two days, but Woods could never take advantage. He recorded only 10 birdies this week.
Woods' inability to hit in the fairway may have been his undoing as he hit only 25 of 56 for the week.
“The golf course is set up to be had,” Woods said. “There are a few really hard pins out there, really, really hard pins. If you can navigate through those holes, make your pars, there’s certainly some gettable pins, as well.”
Woods found himself in a familiar spot on Sunday, answering questions about another season where he didn’t win a major championship. His last victory in a major championship came at the 2008 US Open.
This season he has five tour victories, but without a major title, does he consider this season a success?
“Yeah, I was close in two of them,” Woods said. “I was right there and certainly had a chance to win the Masters and the British this year. The other two I just didn’t hit it good enough. Just the way it goes.”