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Tiger Woods may have stumbled at times during his final round at the Wyndham Championship last week, but his T-10 finish was still his best of the season. Unfortunately for the 14-time major champ, though, that finish would prove too little, too late in his race to get into the season-ending FedEx Cup playoffs.
Having missed the cut at three consecutive majors — an unthinkable thought for the greatest golfer of the past two decades — the 39-year-old was just two shots off the lead going into the final round of the Wyndham Championship.
The world number 257 had needed to win the PGA Tour event to qualify for next week’s opening tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs, but a triple bogey at the 11th and a bogey at the 12th ultimately proved costly.
“I gave myself a chance and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it. I didn’t get it done,” Woods told the PGA Tour’s official website after his final-round even-par 70 left him well outside the top 125 in the standings.
So while other players will be competing for the $11 million prize that accompanies the FedEx Cup, Tiger will be winding-down and preparing for next season. Right after fellow PGA Tour player Scott Brown, who made a hole-in-one while playing with Tiger on Sunday, buys him a celebratory drink:
“I have nothing. This is my off-season right now. Scotty owes me a drink right now after getting a 1. We’ll have one together.”
He continued by saying that he’s looking forward to going to his kids’ soccer practices:
“It will be nice — I got lots of soccer games and practices to go to so I’ll be doing that and just working out, training and trying to get more fit.”
Love, meanwhile, became the third-oldest winner on the U.S. circuit as he won the tournament for the third time, aged 51.
The American Ryder Cup captain moved from 186th to 76th in the FedEx standings to secure entry into next week’s event, The Barclays at Plainfield in New Jersey.
It was his first PGA Tour victory since 2008, and the 21st of his career.