But despite starting the day two strokes off the lead, he didn’t come close to winning his 80th PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
Woods’ final round was derailed after a shocking triple bogey on the par-4 11th that dashed any hopes of him winning and qualifying for next week’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it,” Woods said after signing for an even-par 70. “I didn’t get it done. I had some makeable putts early I missed. I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early.”
Woods, who finished T-10 for his first top-10 of the season, was solid around the greens for most of the week, but he bladed his pitch shot on 11 and brought back memories of his horrible short game earlier in the year that Woods had attributed to new swing patterns.
He flubbed the next chip shot and walked off with a triple. He went left again on the par-3 12th and flubbed a flop shot and made bogey.
Woods seemed to favor his back a few times on the second nine, and when asked about it after his round he said it was his hip, not his back, that was bothering him.
A victory on Sunday would have qualified Woods for next week’s Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. Woods was asked if he would have been ready to play.
“Yeah, it would have been nice,” Woods said. “Yes, I would have. But I’m not.”
Instead Woods will miss the playoffs for the second straight year. Last season he had back surgery in March, and did not earn enough points to qualify.
Woods is expected to return in October at the Frys.com Open for the first event of the 2015-16 season.
“It will be nice,” Woods said of his upcoming break. “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.”