Tiger Woods Shoots 4th-Round 74 to Finish Disappointing 2020 Zozo Championship

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2020

Tiger Woods hits from the 10th tee during the third round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Tiger Woods finished the Zozo Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, the way he started it—playing poorly.

Woods shot a two-over 74 in Sunday's final round to finish one under for the tournament, putting him in a tie for 72nd at the time of publication. It was reminiscent of his first round on Thursday, when he posted a four-over 76.

He sandwiched two solid rounds on Friday (66) and Saturday (71) with disappointing outings. Had there been a cut at the Zozo Championship, he would have been in serious danger of missing it.

Woods' Sunday performance was about as uneven as the rest of his tournament, with four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. He averaged 287.0 yards of driving distance, 61.5 percent driving accuracy, 61.1 percent of greens in regulation and minus-0.885 strokes putting, per PGATour.com.

In other words, Woods looks a long way off from defending his Masters title next month. Maybe he'll use the Vivint Houston Open as another warm-up before Augusta. After this weekend's showing, he probably needs it.

Daniel Rapaport @Daniel_Rapaport

Tiger said he'll decide "in the next few days" whether he'll play Houston Open. Said he won't wait around either way on that decision like he has with some commitments in the past. 👀👀👀

While Sunday wasn't Woods' best day, we did get the chance to see him paired up with Phil Mickelson once more.


This group has combined for 127 PGA TOUR wins. 🏆 @TigerWoods (82) 🏆 @PhilMickelson (44) 🏆 @aLongShot (1) https://t.co/x7frh5HhaA https://t.co/1KSGdOgICW

It was the 38th time that Woods and Mickelson have been in the same group, per Justin Ray of the 15th Club. Mickelson had an even worse day and tournament than Woods, shooting a six-over 78 to finish three over for the tournament, putting him in 76th place.

Woods and Mickelson are legends. Sometimes, legends have bad rounds. Both players will be hoping to turn things around in a big way before the Masters.


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