No Sunday stroll for Woods


Whatever the culprit, for Tiger Woods the results have become clear. Whether it is his putting or simply his inability to “score” the way he once did, the byproduct is a final-round average that it is very un-Tiger-like.

Sunday’s closing 75 at the Dubai Desert Classic, a round that began with two bogeys through three holes and ended with a double bogey-7 at the last, is starting to become a familiar theme.

He also signed for a Sunday 75 at the Farmers Insurance Open last month and a final-round 73 at the Chevron World Challenge.

The lone exception was a final-round 65 at last year’s Australian Masters but the trend has become clear. He ranked 126th on the PGA Tour last year in final-round scoring average (71.4), a dramatic increase over his 68.75 and 68.42 in 2006 and ’00, respectively.