Woods didn't lose CIMB Sunday, he got beat


There really wasn't much more Tiger Woods could have done Sunday in Malaysia. The CIMB Classic win just wasn't in the cards for him.

Woods posted a bogey-free 8-under 63 in the final round of the CIMB only to get upstaged by Nick Watney (who shot 10 under), and he had to settle for a T-4 finish.

Woods' play was as sharp as it's been all season – he knocked his irons stiff, converted the birdies and made crucial up-and-downs when he needed them.

Tiger began Round 4 five shots behind co-leaders Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus, but opened with three consecutive birdies – including a chip-in from off the right side of the green at No. 2. He followed those with two more birdies on the front nine, and made the turn at 5 under when he nabbed birdies at Nos. 6 and 7.

When he birdied the 11th, things went from being McSteamy to McDreamy; it looked as if Woods was going to pull off the come-from-behind victory. But his birdie streak stalled, and he didn't convert again until birdies on Nos. 16 and 17. By then, Watney had pulled too far ahead and it was apparent Woods' 63 wasn't enough.

Woods will likely point to his back-nine 39 in Round 3 as the reason for coming up short. In the third round, Woods shot 30 on the front nine and a sloppy 39 on the backside that included a double bogey at the par-3 14th and a missed tap-in for par at No. 17.

Woods plays next in an 18-hole, match-play showdown Monday with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy in China.