Woods fails to avoid another over-par weekend

Tiger Woods during the final round of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Tiger Woods during the final round of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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With three birdies in four holes on Oak Hill's back nine, Tiger Woods shot an even-par 70 Sunday in the final round of the PGA Championship to avoid a fourth weekend this season in which he failed to shoot par in either round.

The PGA is the fifth event this season – three of them majors – in which his weekend has gone south.

"It's more frustrating not being in it," Woods said. "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 began his day with seven straight pars, then was 3 over at the turn with a bogey and a double bogey. The back nine got him to even par again, though, with birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 15.

"With it being soft, they gave us some pretty easy pins from 12 on in," Woods said. "It'll be interesting to see how some of these guys play, especially some of the shorter hitters. . . . It'll be interesting to see what happens."

Much like the Honda Classic (70-74), Woods shot par in one round and above in the other. The other three had a pair of over-par weekend rounds:

  • Open Championship: 4 over (72-74);
  • U.S. Open: 10 over (76-74);
  • Memorial Tournament: 7 over (79-72).

Despite the weekend struggles at Muirfield, Woods cited the fact he was in contention as making that one of the majors in which he could be happy with his performance.

"Yeah, I was close in two of them. I was right there and certainly had a chance to win the Masters and the British this year," Woods said. "The other two, I just didn't hit it good enough. Just the way it goes.

". . . I've been there in half of them. So that's about right. 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."

He's no Graeme McDowell, who earlier this year earned a win-or-go-home (-on-Friday) reputation by missing five cuts and winning three titles during an eight-tournament stretch.

Rather, Woods has yet to miss a cut this year. Yet he's only broken par on the weekend in seven of 12 starts. So the question becomes which form he will show during the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.

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