Tiger Leaves Open With No Regrets


He walked off the 18th a beaten figure, shooting 3-over-par 283 in a U.S. Open in which he was even-money to win. Tiger Woods had known for hours that he was finally shut out, didnt have a chance to make it five majors in a row. But he was decidedly upbeat when he met the media.

To be honest with you, I played as hard as I could, he said. I tried on every shot, and theres no regrets. Theres nothing wrong with the way I played.
I got a few bad bounces, yes. Did I execute the shots I wanted to? No. But I tried on every shot. I had the right mindset to every shot. That was the key to playing this golf course well and playing any major championship well is to step up and be committed to every shot.
I did that. But I wasnt able to hit the ball where I wanted to each and every time.
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Woods began with a drive off the tee into the rough on No. 1. He saved par there, but made bogey on No. 2. On a day when you figured he needed a 62 or 63 ' impossible numbers for all but Tiger ' he obviously wasnt going to reach that today. He needed to make up nine shots and pass half the field, but he wasnt nearly good enough Sunday.
Woods, though, gamely fought on as though a miracle might happen.
I figured if I could birdie 12 and possibly give myself a chance for eagle on 13, it would be nice, he said. I might be under par and see what happens. The way this wind is blowing, its not exactly easy out there.
He had hurt himself in the opening round when he shot 4-over-par, seven off the lead. Those who waited for his patented charge in the second round, the round when he usually gets back into contention, were disappointed. He shot a 1-over 71 and wasnt much closer.
When the miracle round didnt come in No. 3 ' he shot a 1-under 69 ' most people gave him up for dead. To have come back from nine behind would have been virtually impossible. However, Woods has done the virtually impossible before.
I didnt really hit the ball as good as I wanted to on Thursday, especially when the wind was howling, he said. I wasnt able to control my trajectory the way I needed to, and that hurt.
So it ends, the list of four straight. It began at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach when he won by 15 strokes, and now it ends at another U.S. Open a year later.
For some reason, its hard for me to say it was a streak, just because it covered so much time, said Woods.
But it was fun to win four majors in a row, theres no doubt about that. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed, more than anything, giving myself a chance on the back nine on Sunday. That's where you want to be.
And this week, unfortunately, Im not out there with the chance to win. And that is frustrating. But Ive had my share, and hopefully I can have my share in the future.