ARDMORE, Pa. – Another disappointing major is in the books for Tiger Woods.
The world’s No. 1 player, and overwhelming favorite heading into the U.S. Open, continued his weekend woes by shooting 76-74 the last two rounds to finish at 13-over-par 293, his worst 72-hole total in the U.S. Open as a professional. In fact, the score was his worst 72-hole total in a major championship as a professional.
“There's always a lesson to be learned in every tournament whether you win or lose,” Woods said. “I'll look back at the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
“I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately I did a few things wrong, as well.”
Woods can sugarcoat it all he wants, but he struggled with every aspect of his game at Merion.
He had a two-way miss going with the driver for most of the weekend (missing both left and right of the fairway), his distance control was poor, especially with wedges into par 5s and shorter par 4s, and his putting was atrocious. Woods never got comfortable with the green speeds and missed too many 5-footers to count. He missed a 2-footer during the third round and took 128 swipes with the flatstick all week – an average of 32 a round.
This now marks the 16th consecutive major without a victory, since the epic 2008 U.S. Open when Woods downed Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff. Woods is as close to Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championship record as he was five years ago.
“I wasn't as sharp as I'd like,” Woods said. “I just didn't quite hit the ball … hit the correct distances most of the time, but they weren't in the correct areas that I'd like to have. I was trying to hit the ball in certain spots, give myself uphill looks on some other putts, but I didn't quite do that.”