It marked the fifth time in as many starts that Woods has finished inside the top five at this event.
Woods made an early run up the leaderboard Sunday, playing the front nine in 4-under 32. However, the worlds No. 1 ranked player could only muster a pair of birdies coming home.
What I wanted to do was get off to a quick start and go 4- or 5-under and then I wanted to duplicate that on the back nine to give myself a chance, he said. I put the ball in position to make the putts, I just didnt make the putts.
Tigers chance to win his second Buick Invitational ultimately ended Friday, when he shot 5-over 77.
Thats what put me behind the 8-ball, but then again, Im very proud that with that 77, I still had a chance on the back nine on Sunday, said the 1999 champion. Dont get me wrong. I played poorly, and I just didnt really have it that day but Im very proud of the way I played the other three days.
Woods will skip next weeks Nissan Open for the first time in his professional career to fully recover from the flu-bug that bit him last week at Pebble Beach. He will also fine-tune his game for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship Feb. 20-24 at La Costa.
I need to be ready for that, said Woods, who last competed in the match play in 2000, when he lost to Darren Clarke 4-and-3 in the finals.