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Woods sees progress after final-round 72 at Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods failed to break par for the third time this week at The Players Championship, but Woods sees signs of progress despite completing 72 holes in 3 over.

Woods’ final-round 72 included five birdies but also featured a disastrous triple bogey on No. 14. With 75 players making the cut at TPC Sawgrass, Woods was tied for 70th upon signing his scorecard.

“It was a mixed bag pretty much all week,” Woods said. “A lot of really, really good stuff out there, some mediocre and some bad.”

After a missed cut in Phoenix and a withdrawal in San Diego led to a leave of absence earlier this year, Woods views this week’s result as a step in the right direction.

“We’re progressing,” he said. “Let’s just keep progressing, keep putting the pieces together, keep chipping away at it … We had some glaring weaknesses at the beginning of the year. Those are now gone, and now we can start cleaning up some other stuff, too.”

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Woods made 18 birdies for the week, but he was unable to keep the big numbers off his scorecard. His 7 on No. 14, a hole that began with a hooked drive into the water, was his first triple bogey ever at this event and one of five double bogeys or worse for the week. It also came after Woods had strung together three straight birdies on Nos. 10-12, his first such stretch this week.

“It can turn quick here,” Woods said. “You can be going along, playing fine, all of a sudden make a double here and it’s like, ‘What just happened?’ It’s just the nature of this golf course.”

Despite sitting near the bottom of the standings all weekend, Woods said he feels “way more comfortable” with his swing than he did at the Masters, where he tied for 17th.

“We have added a couple little pieces to it,” he said. “I reverted back a couple times out there over the course of the week, but also I did some really good stuff out there, too. It’s going to pay dividends in the end.”

Woods will be occupied next week hosting Tiger Jam, an event for his foundation in Las Vegas, and his next competitive start will come at the Memorial Tournament in four weeks. He also has an eye on the U.S. Open, and Woods said he plans to take a scouting trip to Chambers Bay prior to tournament week.

“When, I don’t know, but I will definitely get out there,” he said. “From what I hear, it’s a golf course we need to take a look at a few times before the week.”