Tiger Woods bombed his comeback attempt in the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
Woods needed to shoot a low number in the final round to catch the leaders, but he failed miserably in that department, shooting a round of 73—three-over par (via USAOpen.com). Things could have been a lot worse for the three-time champion, though, as he started out the round shooting six-over par through his first six holes.
Woods managed to pull himself together after his disastrous start, shooting three-under par on the final 12 holes.
Unfortunately for him, it was a case of too little, too late.
Woods was tied for the lead at one-under par mid-way through the tournament and finished in a tie for 21st place. Over the course of his final two rounds, he lost complete control of his accuracy off the tee, his shots into the greens and his short game.
Woods regained some of his distance control into the greens on the back nine on Sunday, and as a result, he will be able to take something positive away from what has to be a devastating experience.
Here are a few key stats that shaped Woods' final round, according to my observations:
- Driving accuracy: five fairways hit out of 13—a terrible result.
- Approach shots: 10 out of 18 greens in regulation—not going to get it done, but better on back nine.
- Short game: six out of eight saves from the rough or the sand—kept him in it when his approach shots weren't working.
- Putting: 29 total putts in the day, three better than Saturday's round—solid day of work with the flatstick, considering his iron play was mediocre-to-poor most of the day.
Woods made some major strides in the right direction that will surely help him going forward, but the only thing you can say about his final round at the Olympic Club on Sunday is that it was a massive disappointment.
It will be interesting to see how Woods recovers from this tournament.
There is still a ton of golf left to be played this year, including the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes in the U.K. and the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
Woods clearly wasn't up the the challenge at the Olympic Club, but he'll have an opportunity to keep moving in the right direction the rest of the year.