After he had briefly pulled within two shots of the lead, it was clear early that there would be a struggle.
And instead of being in a position to attack pins, Woods was struggling for pars. On a par 5, he made double bogey twice, starting at N0. 6 where he blasted out of the sandy are, thus moving off to the back side of a double green, which forced him to chip off the putting surface.
However, he was able to play three straight birdies to play the front nine in even par.
Meanwhile, Matsuyama was already too far ahead in the tournament, which means Woods was never going to win it. But it provided a chance for the American super star to post a decent number, thus taking more positives into what could be a two month off season.
Instead, Woods went on to add two more double bogeys and shot 40 on the back nine. His third double bogey of the week was made on the 18th hole, without the need to even go into the water.
He had to take a penalty drop to take out his ball after his tee shot landed in a thick palmetto bush. And lucky him, his drop in the sandy waste area just settled right in front of the nub of another bush.
He however was able to get that back into the fairway, then going over green and taking two putts from there to ensure his 6.
“What he did here showed that he’s certainly up for the task and his game is there. He’s ready to go,”
“Even with Tiger, every time we set expectations, he exceeds them.” Jordan Spieth said.
Having not played since August 2015, he dropped down to 898 in the world rating and he has begun the slow climb up towards the top.