GULLANE, Scotland – The streaks continue.
Tiger Woods still has never won a major championship when not holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead. He still hasn’t won a major in more than five years, since that dramatic performance at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Woods began the final round at Muirfield in the penultimate group, only two shots behind Lee Westwood. But he looked disinterested from the beginning with a bogey on the first hole. He followed that with five more bogeys to shoot 74 and end 2 over par for the week, good for a sixth-place tie.
Woods is now 25 over par in his last seven major weekends.
This was Woods’ best chance to win a major since the 2009 PGA Championship, when he held a two-shot lead after three rounds but lost to Y.E. Yang. Here at Muirfield, Woods had difficulty with distance control and did not adjust well to the speeds of the greens. His approach shot on the first hole barely made it onto the mammoth green and he three-putted from 90 feet. That just set the tone of the day.
“I had a hard time adjusting to the speeds,” Woods said. “They were much slower today, much softer. I don’t think I got too many putts to the hole today. I really had a hard time and left myself a couple of long lag putts early on when it was really blowing, and left them way short and didn’t make those putts. I really didn’t play that poorly.”
Woods will take a week off, then return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he has won seven times. The PGA Championship is the following week at Oak Hill.
“I’ve won some tournaments in that stretch and I’ve been in probably about half the majors on the back nine on Sunday with a chance to win during that stretch,” he said about his major drought. “I just haven’t done it yet. And hopefully it will be in a few weeks.”