Tracker: Tiger fires final-round 62 to finish T-2

Tiger Woods on Sunday at the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - It was a charge manufactured largely without clarity, Tiger Woods’ surge up the leaderboard Sunday at the Honda Classic. How critical was that miss on 13? Did that tentative putt on 14 cost him? Could Rory McIlroy, five shots ahead as Woods stood on the 17th tee, really be caught? Well, all that anxiety vanished in a euphoric finish that compelled Woods’ Hall of Fame playing competitor to search for context.

“To me, it was the old Tiger back,” Ernie Els said late Sunday afternoon at PGA National. “The guy that I finished second to all the time. ... I’m really happy for him. He never missed a shot.”

At least not when it mattered most.

Just when it appeared as if Woods had squandered an opportunity to make a run at his first official PGA Tour title since 2009, he summoned his most resounding golf in years. He birdied the final leg of the Bear Trap, then poured in an 8-foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole to shoot a bogey-free, 8-under 62, sending his new-hometown fans into delirium.

“I wasn’t that far off, and it was just kind of building,” Woods said afterward. “I was putting together the pieces each and every day.”

After four birdies and two eagles, Woods tied for second at 10-under 270, two shots behind McIlroy, the newly minted No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking and yet another player who recognized a resurgent champion.

The 62 marked Woods' lowest final-round score ever, and his best in a Tour event since the 2009 BMW Championship, not coincidentally his last official Tour victory.

“I felt like I was close to shooting this score,” he said. “Just a matter of time before things all fell into place.”

And to think . . . Woods could have gone lower Sunday. He hit the lip on a 10-foot birdie putt on 6. He grazed the edge on 8, too. On 13, he couldn’t convert a 14-footer. On 14, his birdie bid from 17 feet wobbled off-line.

“It could have really been something special today,” Woods said.

Nonetheless, his final-round histrionics here at the Honda were reminiscent of his birdie-birdie finish to win the 17-man Chevron Challenge in December, or perhaps even the memorable fairway-bunker shot at the 2000 Canadian Open.

On the 18th hole Sunday, Woods hit a soaring 5-iron from 218 yards, from a sidehill lie, with wind blowing toward the water right. Aiming at a narrow walkway behind the green, he hit a baby cut - toward the water - that nestled inside 10 feet. He drained the putt, then pumped his fist twice before saluting the crowd.

Though Woods came up short - McIlroy made two clutch sand saves in the last four holes to shoot 69 and hang on for the title - Woods left PGA National feeling optimistic about his chances this week at Doral and beyond.

“I’m thrilled that each and every week, my game has gotten better,” Woods said. “That’s the whole idea heading into April.”

- Ryan Lavner

Check out how the day happened, shot-by-shot, for Woods and McIlroy with our Tracker:

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Rory's 18th hole: No. 18, Par 5, 556 yards

Taking driver off the tee, McIlroy calmly hammers his drive into the middle of the fairway.

He decides to lay up, putting it on the left side of the fairway, and then takes wedge with his third shot and lands it in the middle of the green, about 35 feet from the cup.

He two-putts for par and a two-shot win over Tiger Woods and Tom Gillis.

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Rory's 17th hole: No. 17, Par 3, 190 yards

Trying to avoid the water in front, McIlroy sends his tee ball into the back greenside bunker.

McIlroy plays a fantastic bunker shot to about 18 inches to secure another par.

Rory on the day: 1 under (12 under for tournament)

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Rory's 16th hole: No. 16, Par 4, 434 yards

McIlroy pulls 3-wood and sends it left, but it finds the fairway, short of a bunker and some long rough.

McIlroy hits a safe shot into the green, landing at the bottom of the green and will be putting up a slope to the hole. He hits a nice lag putt and taps in for par to stay 2 up with two to play.

Rory on the day: 1 under (12 under for the tournament)

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Rory's 15th hole: No. 15, Par 3, 179 yards

Rory flies the green with his tee ball, landing in a bunker on the back. But McIlroy is able to get his ball out, hitting through a rock in the bunker and putting it to about five feet for par.

And Rory drains the putt to maintain his two-shot lead.

Rory on the day: 1 under (12 under for the tournament)

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Rory's 14th hole: No. 14, Par 4, 465 yards

After a nice drive, Rory plays a poor second shot into the green, sending it right and into the deep greenside rough.

Rory plays a fantastic shot out of the rough, landing it short and letting it run down the green, coming to rest about three feet away from the hole.

He makes the putt to save par and keep his two-shot lead. He now enters the difficult Bear Trap, which include to par-3 holes lined with water.

Rory on the day: 1 under (12 under for tournament)

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Tiger's 18th hole: No. 18, Par 5, 556 yards

Tiger hammers a driver off the tee and gets away with one, as the ball looked destined to land in a fairway bunker, but skips over it and into the intermediate cut of rough.

Tiger pulls off an improbable shot with his second from a sidehill lie, taking it right at the flag and coming to rest about eight feet from the pin, where he'll putt for eagle.

And he drains it for an 8-under 62 and move to one shot behind Rory McIlroy. It was Tiger's second eagle of the day and his lowest final-round score on the PGA Tour.

Tiger on the day: 8 under (10 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy hits the fairway, about 85 yards from the flag at the par-4 13th. McIlroy plays a nice shot into the green and one-putts to extend his lead to two - now over Tiger Woods.

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Tiger's 17th hole: No. 17, Par 3, 190 yards

Tiger makes up his mind early and skies his shot into the dangerous par 3, landing hole high and about 25 feet left of the pin.

At this point, the title is probably out of Tiger's reach, but a bogey-free round and top-5 finish are in reach, which will mean a lot for Woods heading to Doral.

Well, not so fast. Tiger nails the long birdie putt to go to the par-5 18th with a chance to get to double figures under par with an eagle.

Tiger on the day: 6 under (8 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy is in his first bout of trouble, yanking his drive at the par-4 12th well left and in the deep rough. His second shot comes up short and to the right and he'll need to get up-and-down for par. His chips goes about 12 feet past the hole and then misses the putt to the right, picking up his first bogey of the day. He is at 11 under, two ahead of Tom Gillis.

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Tiger's 16th hole: No. 16, Par 4, 434 yards

Tiger glances at the leaderboard before teeing off at No. 16 and sees McIlroy at 12 under. Tiger hammers a 3-wood down the left side of the fairway to give himself a good look at the green.

Tiger judges the distance well once again and puts his approach on the top shelf, about 28 feet right of the pin.

Tiger gives his birdie putt a chance, but it stays right and runs past the hole. He makes the comebacker for another par.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? With another good tee shot at the par-4 11th, McIlroy hits from 171 yards and he does deep, about 50 feet past the flag, but on the green. He two=putts again and stays at 12 under. Tom Gillis birdies No. 11 to move to 9 under and is three shots back.

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood just picked up a birdie on No. 17 to move to 7 under for the day and 8 under for the tournament.

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Tiger's 15th hole: No. 15, Par 3, 179 yards

Tiger studies the watery shot and poses over the ball, but it barely clears the water and lands in the greenside rough, leaving a tricky chip back down the green.

He isn't nearly as jovial as earlier in the round, knowing he needs to make a move and do it now.

Tiger hits a subpar chip and leaves it about six feet short of the hole. But he drains it to stay in contention.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy sends another tee ball into the rough, this one at the par-4 10th hole. His approach shot comes up well short again, more than 60 feet away from the pin. He does two-putt for another par. He has nine pars and a birdie on Sunday.

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Tiger's 14th hole: No. 14, Par 4, 465 yards

Knowing that he needs to make something happen, Tiger pulls driver for the first time all week at No. 14 and finds the fairway, putting himself in prime position.

With about 190 yards left to the hole, Tiger plays a great shot to the middle of the green and it trickles to the hole and will have about 25 feet for birdie.

Tiger blocks this putt and it stays right and he taps in for a par. Tiger now enters the Bear Trap in need of making up ground on the course's toughest holes.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy bombs a 304-yard drive into the very first cut of rough on the right at the par-4 9th. His approach shot is on line, but comes up well short and has more than 30 feet for birdie. He two-putts for another par and makes the turn at 1-under 34, and holds a three-shot lead over Tom Gillis.

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Tiger's 13th hole: No. 13, Par 4, 388 yards

With iron in hand, Tiger sends it up the left side of the fairway and will have a good look at the green. This hole was Tiger's undoing on Saturday, picking up a bogey after he only had 125 yards left from the fairway.

From 108 yards, Tiger takes a bit divot and lands it on the front edge of the green and it trickles back, just off the green, about 15 feet under the front right hole location.

Tiger doesn't hit it hard enough and it cuts under the hole and he settles for a tap-in par. This was definitely Tiger's first missed opportunity of the day and could be costly later.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? After hammering his tee ball into the fairway at the par-4 8th, McIlroy plays a shot from 166 yards right at the pin and lands it about 10 feet under the hole. He makes the putt to move to 12 under, two shots ahead of Tom Gillis.

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Tiger's 12th hole: No. 12, Par 4, 427 yards

Tiger pulls iron again and hugs the left side of the fairway, but is hitting from the short stuff again.

Tiger takes an aggressive line at the back right hole location and it flirts with the hole and settles on the edge of the green.

From about 20 feet and straight downhill, Tiger has to be delicate with his birdie putt. He gives it a good run and taps in from 6 inches for par. The birdie putt looked to deflect off something early and sent it slightly off line.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy sends his tee ball at the par-3 7th to the right and into the long rough. He sends his chip about 12 feet past the hole, but nails the putt for another par to stay at 11 under.

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Tiger's 11th hole: No. 11, Par 4, 450 yards

The tee is up on the 11th tee as well, and Tiger grabs long iron. He laces it up the left side of the fairway and does a twirl with his club as he goes down to pick up his tee.

Tiger is super aggressive with his approach shot, stuffing under the hole and will have less than 15 feet for birdie.

Tiger makes a perfect read and drains the birdie putt and now trails McIlroy by four shots.

Tiger on the day: 5 under (7 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? After a great tee ball at the par-4 6th, McIlroy's approach shot barely makes the green and is looking a two-putt for par. He does so and stays at 11 under.

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Tiger's 10th hole: No. 10, Par 4, 508 yards

The tee is moved up at No. 10, shortening what is a really long par 4. Despite the move, Tiger still pulls driver and smacks it into the fairway.

Tiger hits a big sweeping draw and lands on the front part of the green and will have 59 feet for birdie.

His birdie putt settles one inch to the left of the cup and he taps in for par. He thought he had drained the putt and flipped his putter as it came to rest.

Tiger on the day: 4 under (6 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? At the par-3 5th, McIlroy comes up well short of the hole, but two-putts to save par and keep his one-shot lead over Tom Gillis.

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Tiger's ninth hole: No. 9, Par 4, 421 yards

Tiger pulls iron off the tee, like he's done all week. He puts it on the right edge of the fairway and will have a stiff breeze from the left to deal with on his approach.

Tiger has lots of indecision over his second shot, and he finally pulls a club as the wind gusts into him and from the left. He comes up short of the green and will have a pitch to the flag on the right side.

Tiger plays a nice to chip to tap-in range and picks up a par to make the turn at 4-under 31.

Tiger on the day: 4 under (6 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? At the par-4 4th hole, McIlroy rips a tee ball over a set of bunkers and leaves himself less than 80 yards to the green. His second shot screams at the flag, but continues to run and settles against the collar at the back of the green. He two-putts to save par. That is four-straight pars to start the round.

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Tiger's eighth hole: No. 8, Par 4, 427 yards

Conditions are a bit calmer than when play first resumed around 11:30 a.m. EST. The 8th hole is playing downwind, so Tiger pulls iron and finds the fairway again.

From a good spot to go after the pin, the wind carries Tiger's second shot about 28 feet right of the flag.

As Tiger walks to the 8th green, he sees his first leaderboard in a while. It shows him five shots back.

Tiger gives his birdie putt a great run and it comes to rest two inches to the right and picks up a par.

Tiger on the day: 4 under (6 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? After sending his drive at the par-5 3rd into the rough on left, McIlroy hammers it out to just in front of the green and plays his third with a pitch that settles at the back of the green, where he has 15 feet for birdie. He misses the putt left and picks up his third-straight par to start the round. Tom Gillis does birdie and moves to 10 under, one shot back of McIlroy.

Elsewhere on the course: Charles Howell III picks up a hole-in-one at the par-3 7th hole to move to 4 under.

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Tiger's seventh hole: No. 7, Par 3, 226 yards

Tiger is wearing a wind jacket in between shots, but not when ready to hit his shots. The temperature has dropped into the low 60s and the wind is around 30 mph.

With the tee moved up a bit in the box today, Tiger stripes it to the green and he'll have less than 11 feet for birdie.

He buries the birdie putt and lets out a emphatic fist pump.

Tiger on the day: 4 under (6 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? McIlroy finds the rough on No. 2, puts it back in the fairway with his second shot and hits his third to about 13 feet to try and save par. He drains it to stay at 11 under. Tom Gillis drops a shot to give McIlroy his two-shot lead back, while Harris English picks up a double-bogey to move to 7 under.

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Tiger's sixth hole: No. 6, Par 4, 479 yards

Tiger takes out the big stick and hammers it up the middle, the first time he's hit the fairway on No. 6 this week.

Tiger perfectly judges the distance on his second shot, sticking it to about 10 feet for birdie.

He hits his birdie try and walks with it like he thinks he drained it, but it runs out of speed and he has to settle for a two-putt par.

Tiger on the day: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

What's Rory doing? Wearing all white, McIlroy has completed his first hole, picking up a two-putt par after sticking his approach shot to within 10 feet. He stays at 11 under, now one shot ahead of Tom Gillis, who birdied his opening hole.

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Tiger's fifth hole: No. 5, Par 3, 217 yards

There is a bit of a wait on the watery par 3. The wind is blowing hard from the right, toward the water. Will be nearly impossible for the players to put it close.

But Tiger plays a beautiful, penetrating draw with the wind that settles inside 10 feet for birdie.

And he drains it. A fantastic birdie on one of the toughest holes on the front.

Tiger on the day: 3 under (5 under for tournament)

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Tiger's fourth hole: No. 4, Par 4, 376 yards

Tiger takes iron off the tee like he's done all week. With the wind blowing hard from the right, he blows the ball left and into a fairway bunker.

From the fairway bunker, Tiger puts it on the green, about 35 feet away for birdie. He misses the birdie try by an inch and taps in for a par.

Tiger on the day: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

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Tiger's third hole: No. 3, Par 5, 538 yards

The par 5 is playing downwind today. Tiger has only birdied one par 5 this week, and that was at No. 3 on Saturday. He bombs a driver down the right side Sunday to set himself up perfectly.

After the 345-yard drive, Tiger has only about 180 yards left to the flag. With the pin on the extreme right side of the green, Tiger plays his second shot about 30 feet left of the flag for an eagle putt.

And he pours in the eagle, raising the putter as it disappeared into the hole.

Tiger on the day: 2 under (4 under for tournament)

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Tiger's second hole: No. 2, Par 4, 464 yards

The tee box has been moved up a bit at this long par 4, but Tiger still takes iron off the tee and splits the fairway.

As the group is walking to their respective tee shots, the horn blows to suspend play with inclement weather in the area. Stay tuned for more details as Golfweek gathers them from the scene in south Florida.

With it misting and facing at least 30 mph winds, Tiger leaves his approach shot about 50 feet short. He hits a poor lag putt to about four feet, but nails the par putt.

Tiger on the day: Even (2 under for tournament)

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Tiger's first hole: No. 1, Par 4, 365 yards

Wearing his customary red top and black pants and facing a stiff wind of around 25 mph and ominous dark clouds overhead, Tiger takes iron off the first tee. After backing off the tee ball once, he hits a strong shot into the wind and finds the fairway.

With the pin tucked on the right front, Tiger takes an aggressive line with his approach shot and sticks it to about 12 feet for birdie.

Tiger can't get the putt to drop, as it slides by on the right and he picks up a two-putt par.

Tiger on the day: Even (2 under for tournament)

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