Tiger's 2012 timeline: Wins, MCs and major flops


Tiger Woods' 2012 included three PGA Tour wins, two missed cuts and four missed opportunities at the majors. As Tiger celebrates his 37th birthday on December 30th, GolfChannel.com reflects on his 2012 season.

January 29: Woods began his season on the European Tour, finishing T-3 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He started the final round tied for the lead with Robert Rock but only managed an even-par 72 to finish two shots behind Rock, who edged Rory McIlroy by one shot for the victory.

February 12: In his first PGA Tour event of the season, Woods played with Phil Mickelson in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Woods began Sunday in third place, four shots back of 54-hole leader Charlie Wi, but Woods posted a 3-over 75 to finish T-15, while Mickelson blistered Pebble Beach with an 8-under 64 to win.

February 26: After defeating Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in Round 1 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Woods lost to Nick Watney, 1-up, in the second round.

March 4: Woods fired an 8-under 62 – his lowest final round ever – Sunday at The Honda Classic, but it wasn't enough to thwart Rory McIlroy, who eventually topped Woods by two shots for his first of three PGA Tour victories in 2012.

March 11: Withdrew from the WGC-Cadillac Championship after 11 holes in the final round due to soreness in his left Achilles tendon. It was the sixth WD of his career.

March 25: Won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by five shots, the seventh time he has won the event in his career. It was his first Tour title since the 2009 BMW Championship.

April 8: Had a disappointing Masters, never really in contending, failing to break par in any round at Augusta National. He finished T-40, at 5 over. It was his worst 72-hole performance in a major championship, just edging out a tie for 39th at the 2003 PGA Championship.

May 4: Missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish one shot outside the cut line, the second time he has missed the cut at Quail Hollow.

May 13: Again struggled all week at The Players Championship culminating in a final-round 73, finishing T-40, 12 shots behind eventual winner Matt Kuchar.

June 3:  Fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to win the Memorial Tournament by two shots and tie tournament host Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time Tour victories list with 73. It was Woods’ fifth Memorial title. He birdied three of the final four holes, including his memorable chip-in from behind the 16th green.

June 17: Held a share of the lead at the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club heading into the weekend but struggled to a 75-73 finish and fell out of contention, finishing T-21, six shots back of champion Webb Simpson. It was his second-worst finish in 15 U.S. Open starts as a professional.

July 1: Won for the third time of the season at the AT&T National. He notched a two-shot victory to overtake Nicklaus for second in all-time Tour wins. His 74 wins trail only Sam Snead’s 82. It was the 12th time in his career he had won at least three Tour events in the same season. Because Woods hosts the AT&T National, his three victories this year took place at Arnie’s tournament, Jack’s tournament and his own tournament.

July 6: Just five days after passing Nicklaus' mark, he struggled to his ninth career missed cut at The Greenbrier Classic. Also watching from home on the weekend was Mickelson, marking the first time the two stars missed the cut in the same tournament as professionals.

July 22: Finished T-3 at the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, his best finish in a major since his second-place finish to Y.E. Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine. It vaulted him to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

August 5: Fired a 4-under 66 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish T-8. Coupled with his top-10 finish at the British Open, it marked the first time since 2009 that Woods had back-to-back top-10 finishes.

August 12: Finished T-11 at the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, 11 shots back of runaway winner McIlroy.

August 26: Finished T-38 at The Barclays, 11 shots back of champion Watney, after shooting a Sunday 76, his worst final round of the season.

September 3:  Finished in third at the Deutsche Bank Championship, two shots back of winner McIlroy. Woods finished at 18 under, his lowest under-par total this year. He became the first player in Tour history to surpass $100 million in career earnings.

September 9: Although never seriously in contention, Woods' three late birdies in the final round at the BMW Championship got him into a tie for fourth, three shots back of winner McIlroy, who won his second consecutive FedEx Cup playoff event.

September 23: Entered the FedEx Cup finale, the Tour Championship, as the No. 2 seed in the playoff standings. But a Sunday struggle featuring four bogeys and a double-bogey left him T-8, eight shots back of champion Brandt Snedeker, who also locked up the FedEx Cup.

September 30: At the Ryder Cup at Medinah, Woods lost all three of his team matches with partner Steve Stricker and then halved his singles match with Francesco Molinari to finish 0-3-1. Europe stormed back on Sunday to retain the cup 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.