Tiger shares 2nd despite back pain
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- When Tiger Woods made the turn Sunday in the final round of the Barclays, he was one shot back of the lead. Then he made three bogeys and two birdies on the inward half and battled recurring back pain before finishing with a 2-under 69 for a 10 under total, one shot back of the winner, Adam Scott, who had a 66 in the final round.
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At the 18th hole, Woods had a chance to tie Scott, but his 26-foot putt from just off the green finished just short of the hole.
"I had a chance," Woods said. "I hit a good putt. It was a little double breaker and I thought I poured it."
Much like the past three days at Liberty National, Woods' sore back got worse on Sunday as the round progressed. At the par 5 13th, the 14-time major champion fell to his knees after pulling his metal wood left into the water.
Yet Tiger said that the pain actually started on his tee shot at the 12th.
"I felt great until that tee shot at 12," he said. "I was perfectly fine. I was playing pretty good, and I was hanging right there and at the time Kevin Chappell just made double at 11, and I was only one back.
"So I figured, you know, I was in the perfect spot, and unfortunately just couldn't finish off the rest of the day."
Asked if he planned to play next week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which begins on August 30th, Woods was cautious.
"That's hypothetical right now," he said of playing in the event that is managed by his Foundation. "I just got off and I'm not feeling my best right now."
Woods was the only player in the Barclays field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. His 69 on Sunday marks the first time that he shot in the 60s in a final round on tour in 2013.