Well, it’s not what Tiger fans wanted the most … but Tiger Woods has another high finish to put on his resume in his comeback.
Woods closed in a strong, if still frustrating, 4-under 66 at the Quicken Loans National to place T-4. He didn’t win, but Woods posted his fifth top-12 showing in an official PGA Tour event in his comeback. Still, it is irritating for Woods’ base that he remains in a five-year win drought.
We covered Woods’ final round, shot by shot, on Sunday. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…
Hole No. 18: Par 4, 475 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:38 p.m. ET): This is another flailed driver at this hole. He loses this into the gallery way right. It hits over there and kicks left into the rough at the bottom of the hill. Depends on the lie.
APPROACH SHOT (5:45 p.m. ET): And yeah he does his best from the thick stuff. Tiger puts this in a hollow right of the front of the green. This will be about 25-yard pitch to a back pin with plenty of green to work with.
AROUND THE GREEN (5:49 p.m. ET): Not Tiger’s best shot. He leaves this a good 20 feet short. That left for par and 66.
ON THE GREEN (5:52 p.m. ET): A great way to finish! Tiger buries this one and that means he should finish in the top 5.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under 66 (11 under overall, solo 5th)
Hole No. 17: Par 3, 190 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:30 p.m. ET): With water fronting, Tiger safely knocks this 25-30 feet long and left of the hole. Smart. Good work.
ON THE GREEN (5:37 p.m. ET): That was a slick one downhill. He couldn’t get aggressive with it. Tiger lags nicely to about a foot and cleans up for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 17 (11 under overall, solo 6th)
Hole No. 16: Par 4, 412 yards
OFF THE TEE (5:15 p.m. ET): Tiger goes driving iron and this is perfect down the right-center. He made birdie here yesterday, remember.
APPROACH SHOT (5:19 p.m. ET): A pitching wedge from 143 yards lands just a couple feet from the hole, bounces forward and stops about 12 feet from the cup. That looks a tricky, slick putt, but it is a solid look.
ON THE GREEN (5:25 p.m. ET): Well that was impressive! A slick right-to-left putt that Tiger just drains like it was nothing. He gave it a little fist pump, too. Tiger is back in the top 5 after back-to-back birdies. He’s just one back of second.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 16 (11 under overall, T-5)
Hole No. 15: Par 4, 503 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:59 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out driver, and this is smoked probably 330+ down the center of the fairway. A nice strike, but man have these last five holes been frustrating.
APPROACH SHOT (5:05 p.m. ET): A 165-yard shot that he knocks down a bit and gets to stop about 10 feet left and beyond the hole. Another good birdie look. Tiger is still just three back of second right now. With Molinari six ahead of second at 18 under, Tiger’s focus must turn to second, as he needs a really high finish to qualify on OWGR points for the WGC at Firestone (whee he’s won eight times).
ON THE GREEN (5:12 p.m. ET): Well, that’s more like it! Tiger calmly drains that for birdie. Don’t give up yet on the runner-up!
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 15 (10 under overall, T-6)
Hole No. 14: Par 4, 283 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:49 p.m. ET): Well that 3-wood at this drivable par 4 was a high fade that went right at it. But while the ball lands 10 feet before the cup, it has nothing to stop it. The ball bounds into thick rough just beyond the green. Not the simplest up an down, but he’ll have a decent chance to do so to make birdie.
Tiger has fallen eight back, by the way, as a Molinari eagle has the Italian into a five-shot lead.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:55 p.m. ET): That lie was tricky, but Tiger manages that expertly. He simply gets this to roll within 3 feet. This should be birdie.
ON THE GREEN (4:56 p.m. ET): Oh no! Tiger pulls this a little and it does a horseshoe around the cup and stays out. A pretty shocking miss. Once again, this is a frustrating day.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 14 (9 under overall, T-9)
Hole No. 13: Par 4, 367 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:32 p.m. ET): A bit frustrating, as Tiger misses the fairway here with an iron for the second straight day. This one just trickles into the left stuff. Believe that’s in intermediate, or he’ll at least have good lie. And he won’t be blocked out by trees like yesterday. Still, all he has to do is hit an iron in the fairway to give him a green-lighter on the approach. He fails to do that.
APPROACH SHOT (4:38 p.m. ET): That ball ended up in rough just outside a marsh hazard. But he’s on a severe upslope, meaning his feet are well below the ball. It would’ve been a miracle to hit the green from there, and he can’t. This ball semi-plugs in a front bunker. This has the smell of bogey all over it.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:40 p.m. ET): Yeah, he had nothing from there, as this was a long bunker shot from a semi-plug. His blast from the sand comes up 35 feet short. Unless he has some magic here with the flatstick, he’ll be hit with another bogey.
ON THE GREEN (4:42 p.m. ET): That never had a chance. The ball comes up a good 2-3 feet short. He does finish up for bogey, though.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 13 (9 under overall, T-9)
Hole No. 12: Par 3, 161 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:23 p.m. ET): A 9-iron for Tiger, and this is pretty. He leaves this about 10 feet left of the cup. Doesn’t look like a hard putt, either. If Tiger entertains any chance of winning, this is pretty much a must-make.
ON THE GREEN (4:29 p.m. ET): Tiger walks it in! That rolls in the left side of the cup and is a huge bounceback birdie. As we said, he needed that. The next two are both birdie holes, so this is really his last chance to make a run at the top.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 12 (10 under overall, T-5)
Hole No. 11: Par 4, 478 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:03 p.m. ET): That’s a driving iron, and you couldn’t have placed this any better. This splits the fairway and runs a good 30-40 yards forward. He might be near 300 yards there down the middle … with an iron.
APPROACH SHOT (4:10 p.m. ET): That’s an 8-iron from 188 yards, and it’s pulled. Might be harmless, though, as his ball just trickles into short rough left of the green. His lie is just fine and he has plenty of green to work with from there.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:13 p.m. ET): That was a putrid chip. Really was pretty simple, but he caught too much ball and this races 15 feet by. Technically he’s still not on the green. He’ll have that 15-footer from the fringe for par.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:16 p.m. ET): Tiger misses this one to the right, which means we’ll have a bogey. Really, a bad bogey and it comes at a horrible time.
ON THE GREEN (4:17 p.m. ET): Indeed, bogey. Tiger is now six back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 11 (9 under overall, T-5)
Hole No. 10: Par 5, 560 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:42 p.m. ET): After a lonnnnng wait on the tee, Tiger goes driving iron and he hates it immediately. This is a flare to the right and this ends up well in the rough, just inside the gallery. The ball is in a decent lie, though. So he may be able to wedge into wedge range.
SECOND SHOT (3:48 p.m. ET): Tiger lays up with iron into the right side of the fairway. He’ll have a wedge in for his third. Great angle, too, from there.
THIRD SHOT (3:54 p.m. ET): That was just how you would draw that up. He lands this just beyond the hole, it hops some 15 feet forward and spins back 5 feet under the cup. A simple, short birdie putt awaits.
ON THE GREEN (3:59 p.m. ET): That is a killer. Tiger shockingly misses the putt as it rolls over the left edge of the cup. He stands there frozen for a good 5-10 seconds after that miss, in disbelief. That’s a HUGE opportunity missed. He’s five back at the moment.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 10 (10 under overall, T-5)
Hole No. 9: Par 3, 201 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:23 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 8-iron and this is a little short, but it’s a nice safe shot about 35-40 feet below the hole. He’s putting for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (3:29 p.m. ET): That first putt comes up a good 4-5 feet short. But Tiger walks in the comebacker, no problem. That would’ve been a demoralizing three-putt, so that is big.
These are some nice front-nine stats: 6/7 fairways, 8/9 GIR and 14 putts
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 9 (10 under overall, T-6)
Hole No. 8: Par 4, 459 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:02 p.m. ET): Tiger takes iron and this is a beauty down the left side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (3:09 p.m. ET): That’s a 9-iron from 167 yards for Tiger, and this finishes about 25 feet under and just right of the cup. A decent shot, although he was probably hoping to hit this inside 10 feet.
ON THE GREEN (3:14 p.m. ET): Get those cheers ready … because Tiger DRAINS IT! The ball looked like it might finish just short, but it just stretches to the right edge of the cup and curls in for birdie. Tiger is now just four back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 8 (10 under overall, T-6)
Hole No. 7: Par 4, 452 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:50 p.m. ET): That drive with a 3-wood is beautiful down the right side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (2:55 p.m. ET): This is a nice approach that leaves Tiger about 20 feet for birdie under the hole. That’ll be a solid birdie look.
ON THE GREEN (3 p.m. ET): GOT IT! Tiger rams this one in and that’s a huge birdie. It could be something that gets him going. He’s now five back.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (9 under overall, T-7)
Hole No. 6: Par 4, 499 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:33 p.m. ET): This drive is nuked down the right side of the fairway. This is ideal.
APPROACH SHOT (2:38 p.m. ET): Tiger loses this one a tiny bit right from 180-ish yards, but it’s pin-high and some 25-30 feet right of the pin. So a solid shot.
ON THE GREEN (2:46 p.m. ET): Tiger makes a good run at this one, but it just slips by on the right. An easy tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 6 (8 under overall, T-9)
Hole No. 5: Par 4, 349 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:19 p.m. ET): This driving iron is just perfect down the middle. He went after that one, too, it seemed like. Great stuff.
APPROACH SHOT (2:24 p.m. ET): This a wedge fro 78 yards, and it’s only OK. This one finishes about 25 feet beyond the cup. This one was tricky as it was a short shot downwind to a front pin, tough to get close unless hit absolutely perfect.
ON THE GREEN (2:29 p.m. ET): That was a snapping left-to-right putt from about 35 feet, and he judges it well. The ball finishes about 6 inches under and right of the cup. He taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 5 (8 under overall, T-10)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 436 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:02 p.m. ET): Tiger goes stinger with an iron and this is pristine. He lands it in the right side of the fairway, and it takes the expected hop off the slope to the left and bounces forward into the center.
APPROACH SHOT (2:09 p.m. ET): That shot from 176 yards was HIGH and what a strike! He takes it right at this tucked back-right pin over a bunker, and this ball lands just short of the pin and softly rolls 6 feet past. A fantastic shot to a pin that was impossible to get close to without launching the approach high.
ON THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): That was mean. It looked good the whole way and Tiger started to inch toward it, but the ball just dove right, hit the right lip and spun out. Agonizing. That putt was actually 9 feet rather than 6, but still. A putt probably hit right on the line he wanted, the slightest misread doomed him.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (8 under overall, T-11)
Hole No. 3: Par 3, 225 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:53 p.m. ET): This is a 6-iron and Tiger safely puts this on the green about 40 feet right of the cup. He probably meant to go a little more left, but he clearly didn’t want to mess with that tight pin left.
ON THE GREEN (1:57 p.m. ET): That was great speed. Tiger misses this about a foot left of the cup. The perfect speed means a tap-in par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 (8 under overall, T-8)
Hole No. 2: Par 5, 609 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:35 p.m. ET): This driver he did not like. This one also lands in the right rough, but this time there is no helpful kick. It stays in there. Unless he has a great lie, he will have to lay up from there.
APPROACH SHOT (1:40 p.m. ET): For the second straight day, Tiger gets aggressive by taking a 3-wood from the rough! He had 281 yards to the pin, and this one predictably goes left. It looks like that he may be in that front greenside bunker like yesterday. If so, that’ll be an easier shot today with where the pin is than yesterday.
AROUND THE GREEN (1:44 p.m. ET): Wow! Tiger actually ended up in the fescue short of the bunker but had a decent lie. Still an incredibly difficult shot, but he lands this 20 feet short of the pin and it rolls to within 4 feet. That shortie left for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (1:49 p.m. ET): And we have a birdie! No nerves on that putt. A fantastic up and down from there.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 2 (8 under overall, T-8)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 439 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:20 p.m. ET): Tiger is already sweating (it is that hot), but he’s quite cool on this tee shot. This is a driver that lands in the right rough but kicks left and forward and runs down the center of the fairway. Great start!
APPROACH SHOT (1:28 p.m. ET): From 113 yards … that was strange. Tiger lands this one a good 10 yards short of the green. It hops forward but comes to a stop a few yards short of the surface. He’s about 30 feet from the hole overall. Odd shot with a wedge in his hand, he either misjudged the bounce or mishit it.
AROUND THE GREEN (1:30 p.m. ET): A pretty straightforward bump and run, and that one is just OK. The ball comes up about 4 feet short. He’ll have that for an opening par.
ON THE GREEN (1:32 p.m. ET): Yep, he walks it in. That was a smooth putt. He looked good on the tee and on the green. In between was shaky. But one hole is a small sample size.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (7 under overall, T-13)
Tiger tees off at 1:20 p.m. ET. In the meantime, here’s a recap of his third round…