Woods cards 73 on final day at Deutsche Bank


NORTON, Mass. – For the second consecutive day, a balky putter kept Tiger Woods from capitalizing on a receptive golf course at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Woods closed his week at soggy TPC Boston with a 2-over par 73 Monday, completing play at 4-under 280. Upon signing his scorecard, the current world No. 1 was tied for 65th, 17 shots behind leader Henrik Stenson.

“Wasn’t my week,” Woods explained after a final round in which he reached just 11 of 18 greens in regulation. “Didn’t play well and didn’t make anything, so consequently I wasn’t close to the lead.”

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After beginning with a birdie on the 10th hole, his first of the day, Woods slipped back with three bogeys across a four-hole stretch from Nos. 12-15. Though he had several birdie opportunities from inside 20 feet Monday, both before and after the suspension of play that occurred with Woods on his 14th hole of the day, the four-foot putt he made to save par on No. 18 served as his longest make of the day.

“I just didn’t putt well. I just didn’t have a feel for my lines; my lines were just off,” noted Woods. “I just didn’t have it today.”

With a victory Monday, Stenson is projected to surpass Woods atop the FedEx Cup standings heading into the BMW Championship in two weeks’ time. Though he may lose his grip on the top spot in the points race for the first time since early in the year, the two-time FedEx Cup champ remains focused on his standing heading into the season-ending Tour Championship later this month.

“We’re just trying to play for position going into East Lake,” he added. “What’s important is obviously after Chicago, that I’m in the top five, hopefully first, so that I have the best chance to win the Cup.”