Tiger Woods Struggles Late, Finishes 2018 Memorial Tournament at 9 Under

Tiger Woods salvaged his round with a good back nine

AP Tiger Woods salvaged his round with a good back nine

"Overall my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open and that's something that's very positive".

"If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups", Woods said. I just didn't feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off.

"I just want to birdie every hole", he said.

Woods was already looking ahead and suggested that his putting woes are a "minor tweak here and there".

Woods wasn't done there, on the next hole, the 42-year-old hit his tee shot off the flag but unfortunately, he wasn't able to putt for birdie as play was stopped due to the threat of lightning. He needed 118 putts.

He was 16 under for the tournament as he played the final hole of regulation and was tied with Kyle Stanley, who made four straight birdies from Nos.

For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695 meaning he gave up more than 7 shots on the greens; had that number been 0, in theory he would have finished 7 strokes better and been leading or certainly in a position to chase down eventual playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau.

Woods, after hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens Saturday, was exasperated after his round, saying, "I am definitely not taking advantage of how well I'm hitting it". And then he three-putted two of the last three holes, missing a par putt just over 3 feet on the 18th, and all he had to show for it was a 68.

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Woods was another shot behind, and it looked as though he was about to post his lowest score of the year. He has gone almost five years since his last victory.

Throw in a ball out of bounds on the par-4 13th, and Woods followed up a solid 34 on the front nine with an ugly 38 on the back when he needed something closer to 30 to have a shot at his sixth win at this event.

When DeChambeau set out at Muirfield Village there were nine players within five strokes of the lead, a list that included Tiger Woods, who for the first three days put on a ball-striking clinic.

For the week, Woods made just one birdie over the closing three holes and played them in 3 over par.

His skills were on display again on Friday, during the second round of the Memorial Tournament.

Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from the 18th hole during the second round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia.

"It's a strong field on the leader-board and I think everybody's going to go out there and try to make the most birdies possible", Niemann said.

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