It was hardly a stroll in the park for Tiger Woods this week at Merion (Carr/Getty Images).
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Tiger Woods said he enjoyed the atmosphere at Merion Golf Club and playing in front of the passionate golf fans in the Philadelphia area. Then he apologized.
"I'm sorry that the golf wasn't what I would like to have it," Woods said.
Woods entered the U.S. Open as the favorite. He leaves it still searching for his first major win since 2008.
Woods shot a final-round 4-over 74 to finish at 13 over for the tournament. That's his worst score in relation to par at the U.S. Open since he turned pro. His previous worst was 12 over in 2006 when he shot 82 in the second round and missed the cut at Winged Foot. Woods was 14 over in 1996 as an amateur.
"There's always a lesson to be learned in every tournament whether you win or lose," Woods said. "I'll look back at the things I did right and the things I did wrong. I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately I did a few things wrong as well."
What he did right was hit 70 percent of his fairways and 65 percent of his greens in regulation, both above the field average. He said he had the distances dialed in but he didn't have the proper locations with his irons.
On the greens, he needed 128 putts for the week and never could get his flatstick going.
"I struggled with the speed all week," Woods said. "These greens are grainy. It's one of the older bent grasses, creeping bent. So it's a little bit grainy. I struggled with the speed, especially right around the hole, putts were breaking a lot more, I gave it a little more break and then it would hang.
"That's kind of the way it was this week."
On Sunday, Woods opened with a birdie but followed with a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 second when his tee shot went out of bounds.
He made consecutive bogeys at hole Nos. 6 and 7, then shot even par (two birdies, two bogeys) after that.
Of the 72 holes Woods played this week, 21 of them ended with bogey or worse.
Woods is currently tied for 39th. That would be his worst finish after making the cut at any U.S. Open. Last year he finished tied for 21st at the Olympic Club.