Tiger Woods at CIMB Classic 2012: Day 4 Highlights, Analysis and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 26:  Tiger Woods of USA watches his tee shot on the 2nd hole during day two of the CIMB Classic at The MINES Resort & Golf Club on October 26, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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If you missed Tiger Woods dominating the CIMB Classic at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, don’t feel bad—anyone who couldn’t stay up until 4 a.m. ET did as well.

With Day 4 coming overnight Saturday heading into Sunday, Woods was just a few strokes off the lead and playing well to close the first three days. While the veteran didn’t win the tournament, Woods scored an amazing 63 on the final day to finish at 19-under.

That was good enough for fourth behind Nick Watney (tournament winner), Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Belt.

As much as this loss will hurt, the 36-year-old PGA Tour veteran played amazingly and has nothing to be ashamed of. This is how Woods did on the final day of the tournament.


Front Nine

It should be noted that nowhere on the course did Tiger Woods make a bogey on Day 4, and it’s not just because the course was ridiculously easy for the tour professionals.

Woods started the front nine with three straight birdies—including a two-shot domination of hole No. 2—and finished the first nine holes with five birdies overall. As great as Woods was playing, it was clear that eventual winner Nick Watney was not going to relinquish his lead (scored a 61 on Sunday).

While there was a feeling that Woods may have left a few chances on the course through the first nine holes, the fact that the veteran finished the front nine on Sunday at five-under shows how much Woods has improved.

As much as Sundays used to be Woods’ chance to choke, it may take a tournament like this to restore his confidence.


Back Nine

As stellar as Woods was through the first nine holes, he fell off pace a bit when he hit the back nine. With just three birdies in the final nine holes, Woods missed his chance at an epic comeback win by leaving some great shots on the course.

While many fans will look at Woods’ final-day eight-under score and wonder why people are still questioning Tiger’s weekend prowess, three players had a better final day than the PGA veteran.

The course was a par 71, but that was not for the likes of the PGA stars like Woods that rolled through The Mines Resort this week. With 45 players finishing the weekend with negative numbers on their final card, this course is much easier than many golfers expected.

Woods should not let that fact bother him, though. The easy courses are what can build confidence, and that is something Woods needs. Especially when a player finishes at three-under for the final nine holes.

With a 63 on Day 4 and a final score of 19-under, the confidence Tiger has in himself should be through the roof.

Fourth place halfway across the world isn’t bad. Good job, good effort.


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