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February 13 2012

12:00 AM

Putting dooms Woods in final round

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Tiger Woods took 31 putts on his way to shooting 75 Sunday at Pebble Beach.

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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Tiger Woods has had his share of historic moments at Pebble Beach. Sunday, he had another one -- albeit one he’d like to forget.

Trailing by four entering the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Woods shot a 3-over 75  to finish in a tie for 15th and nine shots back of winner Phil Mickelson. It was the 30th time the two had been paired together, and Mickelson bested Woods by 11 shots in the final round -- by far the most the two have been separated by when playing together.

For Woods, it came down to putting. He missed five putts from inside 5 feet, including a couple from tap-in distance.

In all, Woods had 31 putts.

“I just could not get comfortable where I could get to see my line,” Woods said. “I missed a ton of short putts.

“It was frustrating. I was looking for 2-3 under though the first six or seven holes and Phil is the one who got off to that start.”

Mickelson caught and then passed Woods with three birdies and an eagle through his first six holes. He never looked back.

Woods, meanwhile, never had a chance. He missed a birdie from 5 feet on the par-5 second, where the ball never touched the hole, then again on the short par-3 seventh, where his putt from 2 feet lipped out. Back-to-back bogeys followed with Woods again missing from 5 feet on No. 8 and from just inside 10 feet on No. 9 after he failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker.

There was a glimmer of hope on the par-3 12th, where Woods holed out for birdie from the bunker after Mickelson sent a flop shot 30 feet past the hole. But Mickelson squashed it with the lengthy par save.

“I thought I had a chance to get up there in the middle of the round and instead I went the other way,” Woods said.

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