MEDINAH, Ill. — Tiger Woods’ season ended quietly Sunday, with a par on 18 and an even-par round. He remained the No. 1 attraction at Medinah, but there wasn’t a whole lot to see.
He made no eagles all week and no birdies on the back nine Sunday. Needing to finish in the top 11 at the BMW Championship to have a chance to defend his title at the Tour Championship, he finished tied for 37th.
“It’s disappointing,” he said. “Last year culminated in a pretty special moment and it would have been nice to go back. I’ll be watching the guys on TV.”
Woods seemed fine physically and said he “drove the eyes out of it,” averaging 310-plus yards in the final two rounds. But his short game failed him.
“I don’t know if it’s (a lack of) reps or not,” he said. “I struggled out of the bunkers, especially today. I misjudged the sand. I thought the rain would have made them all pretty firm.”
Woods, ranked sixth in the world, won’t compete again until he ventures to Japan for a new PGA Tour event called the Zozo Championship. The 78-player tournament begins Oct. 24.
He also will continue pushing for progress on the Jackson Park/South Shore plan spearheaded by NBC/Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing. Significant political hurdles remain on a project that could bring a top-notch course and PGA Tour event to Chicago’s South Side. Woods’ TGR Design is the lead architect.
“It’s exciting to create something for the public, right there in President Obama’s backyard,” Woods said in reference to the planned Obama Presidential Center. “It’s an incredible piece of property. We’re trying to do something that’s unique and different and exciting for all the kids there that play. One of the things we’ve talked about is that all kids will play for free. That’s something that we need to make happen.”
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