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Tiger Woods at BMW Championship 2013: Final-Day Recap and Twitter Reaction

LAKE FOREST, IL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Tiger Woods hits off the fourth tee during the Final Round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on September 16, 2013 in Lake Forest, Illinois.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2013

On a chilly day in the suburbs of Chicago, Tiger Woods sputtered and hiccuped like an old pickup truck. 

Woods—nine-under par—took to the course on Monday morning four shots behind leader Jim Furyk, who led by one stroke over Steve Stricker.  

But rather than put pressure on the leaders with an early birdie or two, Woods stumbled out of the gate and never got going, finishing his round just as he started, nine-under par, and ending the tournament tied for 11th.

Here's a look at Woods' scorecard for Round 4 of the 2013 BMW Championship, via

His bogey on the first hole was understandable. After putting the ball onto the fairway, Woods blasted his approach shot past the hole, ending up in the deep rough behind the green. A so-so chip led to a two-putt bogey. 

But after hitting his best approach shot of the day at that point on No. 5, as GC Tiger Tracker noted, Woods three-putted for bogey:

It was exactly the wrong way to start the final round of a big tournament, but as he did all weekend long, Woods didn't stay down for long. 

Driving off the tee on the short par-four seventh, Woods ended up in the massive front bunker that guards an elevated green. He could barely see the flag from where he was standing, and there was hardly any green to work with, but Woods dropped his second shot to within three feet for an easy birdie putt. 

He landed his tee shot on the fairway once again on the par-five eighth hole. Woods attempted to reach the green in two but ended up in the front greenside bunker once again. As GC Tiger Tracker commented, he splashed his bunker shot to within 12 feet:

Woods then drained the 12-foot putt to move back to even par in the round. 

But as was the case throughout the weekend, Woods couldn't build on his positive momentum or sustain it. He dropped another stroke on No. 11 to fall to one-over par after three-putting from approximately 35 feet. 

The always-grinding champion found a way to get that stroke back, however, with a birdie on the par-five 14th. After reaching the green in two shots, Woods easily two-putted to get back to even par on the day. 

And that's where he finished.

It was a frustrating day for Woods, who barely managed to stay afloat while his peers on the leaderboard were scoring low in the ideal conditions at Conway Farms.

The heavy rain this course received on Sunday made for receptive greens, and many of the players were taking advantage.

Even though he struggled on Monday, Woods drew a big crowd, as Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation mentioned:

Woods may have finished outside the top 10 in the tournament, but he still took the top spot in the FedEx standings, as Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel noted:

This could have been exactly what he was aiming for, as CBS Sports' Eye on Golf suggested:

Going into the TOUR Championship at No. 1 means Woods will start with 2,500 points to lead the field, while Henrik Stenson will start with 2,250 and Adam Scott will start with 2000, according to Kyle Porter of

Here's a look at the top five heading into the final event, via the PGA Tour:

Woods has been playing good—but not great—golf for the past month, struggling through some back pain along the way.

But let's not forget that it's only been a handful of weeks since Woods won the Bridgestone Invitational in impressive fashion. 

Woods would have liked to finish strong at the BMW Championship, but it's not like he's coming apart at the seams.

Next up for Woods and the rest of the top golfers in the FedEx Cup standings is East Lake this coming weekend, and he'll certainly be in the thick of it on Sunday in pursuit of the Cup. 


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