"I played so well this weekend but unfortunately I just didn't cash it in", he said. The idea that Woods might somehow triumph survived until the penultimate hole, the perilous par-3, where he dunked his ball in the aqua.
Woods began the day tied for eight, 11 strokes behind Simpson, before working his way through the pack, as he birdied the second, third, fourth and ninth hole. Simpson finished four shots in front of a trio of South African Charl Schwartzel and Americans Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele who all fired final-round 67s to finish on 14-under 274. Three birdies in four holes mid-round conjured visions of an improbable charge, but a bogey at 14 ended matters for the 14-time major victor, a water ball double-bogey at 17 just the final indignity.
"He'll win sometime soon enough", Spieth was quoted as saying by ESPN. His last major victory, of course, was in that event a decade ago and it does seem a tall order for him to deliver again at that level.
The low point was 2016 at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he started to get short with his caddie, and they sat in the vehicle in the parking lot at Bethpage Black talking about how to move forward. Only Adam Scott (T8, 2005) posted a top-10 finish in defending this century.
Woods felt like he finally pulled together all aspects of his game: His driving was impeccable, his iron play was better than it's been all week and his putting was as good as it's been all season. He will move from 53rd to 48th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Thomas won his first major at the PGA Championship last August.
"There are some big events to be played and one of my goals is to get into Akron one last time before we leave there", he said. It is moving to Memphis, Tennessee, after this year.
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Embiid's running mate, Simmons, weighed in after the disappointing loss and echoed a similar sentiment of his big man. But in the end, it came down to the Celtics' ability to produce in the clutch - and Embiid's lack thereof.
No one has ever overcome such a deficit to win on the PGA Tour. Sometimes it's just a mystery; some weeks, something happens, and I had a good solid first round and then second round was pretty special.
Short of a victory, Woods needs to be ranked among the top 50 in the world as of July 23 or July 30 to qualify.
Joining Woods in the group on 11-under was Justin Thomas - whose final-round 66 for 277 was good enough to dethrone Dustin Johnson atop the world rankings. It was time to push, to apply one last burst of pressure on runaway leader Simpson. He watched certain players crawl closer and closer to him but he never let it get to him.
Tiger Woods' next start is now set for the US Open at Shinnecock Hills next month. Coming off their strong performances at The Players Championship, Kuchar, Spieth and Walker are also scheduled to play in Dallas. "Didn't know. But now I feel like I've got my playing feels and I'm playing tournament golf and I've got it". That year, he shot his highest-score as a pro, a third-round 85. Tim Clark (2010) and Craig Perks (2002) are the only players to make this their first PGA Tour victory.
Woods has come a long way from those days. And he has some confidence. Like a number of his professional golf colleagues, he got good at the game using a somewhat controversial putting method that nobody ever dreamed would one day be outlawed.
Lee started strongly with two early birdies but couldn't get much happening beyond that.