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Tiger Woods Falls Short in Final Round of 2018 British Open After Shooting Par

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2018

US golfer Tiger Woods plays his approach from the 6th fairway during his final round on day 4 of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland on July 22, 2018. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods finished five under overall at the British Open on Sunday, having shot a par 71 to finish three shots behind winner Francesco Molinari at Carnoustie.

A strong start saw the American take command of the leaderboard at the end of his front nine, but after picking up three shots at the 11th and 12th holes, he slipped back.

Woods' five-under 66 on Saturday was his lowest-scoring round at a major since 2011.

His early play on Sunday mirrored the opening of the day before, as he grabbed birdies at the fourth and the sixth in what was a composed start for the 14-time major winner. On the latter, he came close to holing out for an eagle but left himself with a straightforward second putt:

The Open @TheOpen

Birdie at Hogan's Alley. @TigerWoods is now just two back. Full scoring https://t.co/gVDayzkpiZ #TheOpen https://t.co/73gGe4LPxf

After finding the bunker from the tee at the eighth hole, the 42-year-old kept his cool to save par to take a share of the lead: 

No Laying Up @NoLayingUp

Tiger Woods Is Tied For The Lead In A Major On Sunday https://t.co/3n5R2Rp4Ir

Woods repeated that feat on the following hole, and after some difficulties for final pairing Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, he was the outright leader:

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Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

I mean.... https://t.co/W9LrYdCQeq

At the 10th, for the third hole running, the American pulled off a superb shot after finding a bunker from the tee on the way to saving a par. 

Tiger Tracker was impressed as he rolled back the years:

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

What year is this and what the hell is going on? There’s nothing he can’t do today. #TheOpen

His round took a turn on the 11th, however, when his second shot left him in the rough after hitting a spectator. He followed that up with a poor chip shot that left him short of the green, where he proceeded to three-putt his way to a double-bogey.

Woods had perhaps been emboldened by the three holes prior, but ESPN's Mike Greenberg questioned his decision to go for a risky shot:

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

That was self inflicted. Tiger trying a near impossible flop shot from a questionable lie with no margin for error. Not sure why he felt like he needed that. #BritishOpen

A bogey followed at the 12th, courtesy of a short approach shot from the rough that left him needing to sink a putt from more than 30 feet for par.

ESPN's Darren Rovell noted his tumble down the hotly contested leaderboard:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

59 minutes: Time from Tiger Woods tying for the lead to be taken off the boards at Carnoustie.

The round was not over, though. After stopping the rot with a par at the 13th, Woods sank an excellent putt from almost 20 feet on the 14th to return to even par for the day, but partner Molinari remained two shots ahead having also grabbed a birdie there:

The Open @TheOpen

@TigerWoods birdies 14, and so does @F_Molinari. Full scoring https://t.co/gVDayzkpiZ #TheOpen https://t.co/Cxo644OfXf

At the 17th, he came within inches of chipping in for another:

The Open @TheOpen

Classic Tiger stinger. #TheOpen https://t.co/UFNktf0jcx

The Open @TheOpen

So close! @TigerWoods will need birdie up the last to have a chance. #TheOpen https://t.co/55L3E8gDZV

He missed a short birdie putt on the final hole, though it mattered little because Molinari dispatched his to finish eight under for the tournament.

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