Tiger Woods shot 74 on Sunday to finish five shots behind Phil Mickelson. (Franklin/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods contended at another major championship, but once again couldn’t break par on the weekend and failed to win his 15th major. Woods shot a final-round 74 at Muirfield to finish at 2-over 286, five shots behind winner Phil Mickelson. Woods started the final round at 1 under par, two shots back of leader Lee Westwood.
“I had a hard time adjusting to the speeds,” Woods said. “They were much slower today, much softer. I don't think I got too many putts to the hole today.”
Woods hasn’t broken 70 on the weekend at a major since the final round of the 2011 Masters. He shot 4-over 146 (72-74) at Muirfield.
Woods bogeyed three of his first six holes Sunday, then made a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole to make the turn in 2-over 38. He bogeyed the next two holes to reach 4 over for the round, then birdied Nos. 12 and 14, hitting his approach shot to 1 foot on the latter hole. That put him at 2 over for the round and 1 over for the championship. He could only manage one bogey (at No. 15) and three pars on the way in, though.
He tried to take positives from another close call at a major, though. He’s finished 11th or better in four of his past five majors.
“I'm very pleased with the way I'm playing, there's no doubt,” Woods said. “I'm right there and I hit a ton of good shots this week, and the only thing that I would look back on this week is I just never got the speed after the first day, because it progressively got slower. I thought today they would be faster, given it's Sunday, and I thought they would let it go, but they actually got it even softer.”