Tiger Woods: Fantastic effort, but falls just short


When Woods answered the call of nature at another portable toilet Saturday, The Washington Post's Dave Sheinin relays the information that one fan yelled, "Get it all out, Tiger!"

The only thing missing: a victory.

Woods' fusion surgery ended a brief comeback bid past year.

NEW YORK - Fresh off a record-setting performance in the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships earlier this week, Exeter High School senior Jackie Gaughan placed third in the 2-mile at the New Balance Nationals Indoor on Sunday.

Johnston shot a final-round 66, Wallace a 68.

"The one thing you can't do", Woods said with visible regret, "is leave it short".

The birdie chance to force a play-off, however, was two feet short and he finished with a 1-under-par 70 to be tied for second with fellow American Patrick Reed on 9-under for the tournament.

"It's as loud as I've heard it in a long time", Brandt Snedeker said (via Sheinin).

"Today wasn't quite as sharp as I would like to have had it but I had a good chance at winning this tournament", Woods said. "A couple putts here and there and it could have been a different story".

He did not, however, go quietly.

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While his driving accuracy was lacking at times on Saturday, Woods' short game was particularly sharp, as evidenced by a chip-in birdie from the rough from 30 feet at the par-four ninth that tied him for the lead. "I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament". "That was unbelievable. I'm sure he was disappointed he didn't get the victory". And I felt that way before all of his off-course transgressions became public.

"I didn't hit it hard enough, obviously", Reed said. I hadn't played there in a couple years because of my back and I wanted to play there a couple years ago. "But I'm glad it's this way".

He didn't come to life until he drained an outrageous, left-to-right curling bomb from 44 feet at the 17th to get within one. Woods will play in the second-to-last group Sunday.

After a week of promise, it was not to be. "I think this is what, maybe 13 rounds and 6 or 7 of them with him", Woods said.

"He's got the right energy".

"So, there's a lot of guys up there, so, you know, myself included". Could that come next week at Bay Hill during the Arnold Palmer Invitational?

Woods moved into a share of the lead with an opening-hole birdie and Rose followed suit to also get to nine under, as overnight leader Corey Conners bogeyed the par-five. It felt like game on. The only blemish on his card was a bogey on No. 4.

He got his stiffest challenge from Tolles, who was bogey-free before he three-putted the tough par-3 17th.

I didn't feel like I missed any opportunities last season for wins because I purely didn't putt good enough, no strokes gained on the weekend. And the fact that this is happening after all the ugliness of the past few years only heightens the anticipation and excitement when he actually does come through.

We dared to dream, and we were not disappointed.