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Tiger Woods closes Honda with 74

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The ending was the same, the result far different.

A year ago, Tiger Woods electrified PGA National with a dramatic eagle at the 72nd hole to cap a 62 that put the heat on eventual champion Rory McIlroy.

On Sunday, Woods again eagled the par-5 18th hole, ripping a 3-iron from 230 yards to 10 feet and holing the putt to conclude the Honda Classic.

But by then, the drama was long gone.

"It lowered my score by two, that's about it," said Woods, acknowledging that it wasn't the same as his 62 a year ago. "Not even close. I think I passed 62 somewhere on 12."

It was actually on the 15th hole, but Woods' point was understood.

For the second straight day, Woods had a lost ball, adding later he didn't think he'd ever had two lost ball stroke-and-distance penalties in the same tournament. He also had hit two balls in the water on the back nine but salvaged a 74 with the final-hole eagle.

The par-4 sixth hole was particularly troublesome for Woods all week.

On Thursday, he stood in the water to the left of the fairway to hit a shot and saved par. He found it again Friday and made a bogey. On Saturday he hit his drive well right but made par, and on Sunday he did so again, his ball not found until he was headed back to the tee to play his third shot.

"We were looking in the wrong spot," said Woods, who finished with a 4-over 284 total. "The penalty shots certainly added up my score. It was a round where I felt I should have shot even par or 1 or 2 under. Those penalty shots and a couple of short birdie putts I missed at 8 and 10."

Woods didn't drive the ball particularly well this week, and he had trouble getting any momentum. Only once did he have back-to-back birdies.

"I felt good about what I did, it was just penalty shots," he said. "I've got to clean up the rounds. I've got to make a couple more putts, and I'm a few under par."

In four tournaments this year, Woods has a victory at Torrey Pines, a missed cut in Abu Dhabi, a first-round exit at the WGC-Accenture Match Play and a 37th-place finish at the Honda, 13 shots behind Michael Thompson.

This week, he heads to the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, where last year he withdrew during the final round due to an injured Achilles.