ATLANTA – For Tiger Woods, it was a week that started with projections and ended with reflections.
The world’s No. 1-ranked player similarly entered the PGA Tour season finale atop the FedEx Cup standings, but rounds of 73-71-69-67 left him well back in the pack at the Tour Championship and in second place for the playoffs, one spot behind Henrik Stenson.
Instead, the final round of his 2013 campaign – which included five victories, but also a fifth straight year without a major championship title – concluded with Woods reflecting on the season as a whole.
“[I’m] very satisfied,” he said. “I had a number of chances to win some tournaments. I won five, which is, I think, a pretty good year. I've done that a few times over the course of my career. I wish I would have been a little more consistent in some of the events, but overall, at the end of the day, you know, to add to the win total for the year, it's always a good thing.”
Woods may not have been pleased by his overall performance this week, but it wasn’t because of his effort.
“Well, I can live with the fact that I grind each and every day,” he continued. “There are days where I just don't have it. I don't have my game. Game doesn't feel right. Body doesn't feel right. Things just don't work. But I still grind it out and post some numbers.
“There are events and there are days where I just don't have it, but I turn it around that one day, and I'm able to win the golf tournament. So that's something I'm very proud of is that there were days where I just didn't quite have it, but I grinded it out and pieced together a round which kept me in tournaments. Over the course of my career, I've won many a tournaments just because of that.”
While the 2013 PGA Tour season is over, Woods’ year is hardly complete. He will compete in the Presidents Cup from Oct. 3-6, then a one-day exhibition against Rory McIlroy in China, followed by tournaments in Turkey and Los Angeles, the latter for his own Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
Woods said that after the Presidents Cup, he’ll start working with instructor Sean Foley on a game plan going forward.
“We're going to take the week off and kind of recoup and recover, get ready for the Presidents Cup, and then basically assess the year and what we need to work on in the offseason. I've got a couple of tournaments that I'm playing in that I could try and make some improvements, try and work on some things for next year.”