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September 23 2012

10:35 PM

Woods: ‘I just didn’t have it’

Watch: Woods birdies final hole

In Sunday's final round of the 2012 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Tiger Woods hit his tee shot to a foot on the 232 yard, par-3 18th hole and tapped in for birdie.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- Tiger Woods was nothing if not candid Sunday afternoon when asked to assess his performance at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

"I just didn't have it this weekend," he said. "I wasn't sharp."

The tournament had started with such promise, though, as Woods opened with a 66 that gave him a share of the first-round lead. But he went backwards on Friday and never got untracked over the final two rounds on the way to a tie for eighth at 2 under.

Woods had hoped for much better, though. He came to Atlanta ranked second in the FedExCup and was assured of winning the $10 million bonus for the third time  in his career had he picked up what would have been his third win at East Lake.

A dismal start on Sunday that saw Woods play his first six holes in 4 over all but negated those chances. He only hit five fairways and nine greens in regulation while shooting a 72.

"If I hit the ball the way I did on the weekend, it wasn't very good," Woods said. "So I fought very hard just to shoot what I shot on the last couple of days. I shot under par, but, obviously, not enough."

That said, Woods was pleased with his putting this week. He had 28 on Sunday for 115 total which left him tied for fourth among the field. He was tied for first in terms of the overall distance of the putts he made but ranked 20th in strokes gained putting.

"More than anything, I think this week my short game was really dialed in this week," Woods said. "I chipped and putted really well. I need to hit the ball a little better than I hit it certainly this weekend. Hit it great the first day, but after that it wasn't very good, especially on the weekend.  Just fought hard to get where I was at."

All in all, Woods looked for the positives Sunday. After injuries and swing changes, he missed the last two TOUR Championships but came into this one as a three-time winner in control of his own destiny after top-four finishes in the last two Playoffs events.

"Considering where I was at last year, it's nice to be where I'm at now," Woods said. "I was obviously struggling with my health last year, and this year I was able to turn it around and I played some pretty good golf this year which was good."

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