Tiger Woods Shoots 3 Under, Delivers Strong 4th Round at 2020 PGA Championship

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2020

Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the third hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Tiger Woods ended his run at the PGA Championship on a high note after shooting 67 in Round 4.  


🐅 @TigerWoods’ PGA Championship bid comes to a close. https://t.co/VOnV2yQjZe

The superstar was over par in each of his previous two rounds to fall out of contention in the first major tournament of the year, but the final round at TPC Harding Park saw plenty of improvement. With five birdies and two bogeys in Sunday's round, Woods finished one stroke under par for the tournament.

It was still not enough to compete with the contenders in San Francisco, as he sat in a tie for 41st when he entered the clubhouse.

Despite starting the day 11 strokes off the lead, Woods began the round as well as he could have hoped.

After three straight pars, he birdied Nos. 4 and 5 to get back to even for the week. One featured a rare sand save at this event, while the other had an excellent approach from the rough:

Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405

Breaking news: Tiger got up-and-down from a bunker for the first time this week. (Sorry, that's all I have at this hour)

Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

Awesome shot. Terrific. Was right off the tee and hoists a wedge straight in the air and lands like a feather. Going to have inside 5 feet it looks like. LFG…….

Two holes later, Woods continued his momentum with a birdie to move to three under for the day:


Back in the red. 🐅 @TigerWoods grabs his third birdie of the day to move to 1-under on the week. #PGAChamp https://t.co/jnSRyDi8l4

Even after a bogey on the eighth hole, a score of 33 on the front nine was extremely encouraging.

Perhaps most importantly, he was still looking healthy in his fourth straight day of action:

Bob Harig @BobHarig

#Tiger has taken some big rips with the driver today.... Despite the cool and sometimes cold temperatures all week, back stiffness has not been an issue. It's one positive takeaway for him. #PGAChampionship

The back nine wasn't always smooth, but he knew how to scramble and avoid bogeys. His misses only led to pars, while he added birdies on the 14th and 17th holes thanks to great work with his irons. 

Of course, not all of his shots were working Sunday or throughout the week:

Ryan Wing @RyanWingFOX11

I know Tiger’s putting hasn’t been great this week, but his irons haven’t been very crisp either, save a couple really good ones

Bob Harig @BobHarig

The kind of shot that has plagued Tiger... missing a green from 125 yards... Or not hitting it very close.. That's been an issue beyond this week.

Ron Kroichick @ronkroichick

Tiger Woods just had a Willie Mays-with-the-Mets moment, chunking a chip shot from the rough into the bunker. Kind of tough to watch. Woods actually playing well today, 3-under for his round (on No. 16)

It finally caught up with him with a bogey on 18, but he still found a way to end up three strokes under par in the final round.

This was just the second official event for Woods since the PGA Tour's restart, with both producing similar results. In the Memorial Tournament and PGA Championship, he was good enough to make the cut but rarely in contention, leaving fans wanting more.

He was at least better off the tee Sunday as he hit nine of 14 fairways, while his 1.157 strokes gained around the green was his best of the week, per PGATour.com.

The 44-year-old now needs to put it all together with two more majors still on the schedule in this rearranged 2020 season.


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