August 11 2013
Woods finished his week at 4 over, failing to break par in any of his four rounds. (Franklin/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- After an even-par 70 Sunday at Oak Hill, Tiger Woods has now gone 16 straight weekend rounds in majors without breaking 70 and 25 of the last 28.
Woods' overall scoring average in the majors this year was 71.63, and he broke 70 just once in 16 rounds (in the opening round at Muirfield).
He also leaves having not broken par in eight career rounds here as a professional, and more importantly without a major championship for the fifth consecutive year.
Twice Woods had a good chance to end that drought.
At the Masters, his second shot on the 15th hole during the second round caromed off the flagstick and into the water. He took what was eventually discovered to be an illegal drop and was penalized two strokes the following day.
Woods went on to finish fourth four strokes back, but the bad bounce and subsequent penalty was worth at least that much.
In last month's Open Championship, Woods briefly held a share of the lead on the 16th hole of Saturday's round, only to give it up with a bogey on the par-5 17th.
This week, Woods was never that close.
"Is it concerning? No," he said before exiting with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn in tow. "It's more frustrating not being in it.
"Having a chance on the back nine on Sunday, I can live with that. It's always frustrating going out there and I'm 3 over today, got to 7, and I'm grinding my tail off coming in just to shoot even par for the day and I'm nowhere in it. That's tough."
Woods put himself too far back with this play through the first three rounds, making 10 bogeys (or worse) and seven birdies.
Trailing by 10 going into Sunday, Woods, who was dealing with a stiff back most of the day, dropped further back with a bogey on No. 8 and a double bogey on the ninth.
He managed to be bogey-free over his inward nine -- and made three birdies along the way -- but he still finished well off the pace.
"I put four good rounds last week," Woods said, referring to his seven-shot win at Firestone. "Didn't seem to hit it as good and didn't make many putts until the last few holes today. I didn't give myself many looks and certainly didn't hit the ball good enough to be in it."
There's still a lot of golf left for Woods this season, beginning with the start of the FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks. He is No. 1 in the standings and will try to become the first player to win the FedExCup three times.
Still, the wait for next year's Masters and his next chance at a major figures to be a long one.
"I've been there in half of (the majors)," Woods said. "If you are going to be in there three‑quarters or half of them with a chance to win on the back nine, you have just got to get it done."