So far off the lead starting the final round of the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods had a big-picture goal for Sunday at TPC Harding Park. His year is just starting, what with two more majors coming down the pipe in September and October, plus the FedEx Cup playoffs. Sunday was about building momentum for the future.
Woods effectively did that on a foggy morning in San Francisco, logging five birdies and just two bogeys for a final-round 3-under 67 that pushed him to 1 under for the tournament.
On the eve of the final round, when Woods was coming off the second round in which he struggled mightily with green speeds – using the new Scotty Cameron prototype putter he had put into play this week – he set a goal of finishing the week in the red. He managed to accomplish that.
Woods had birdies on Nos. 4, 5, 7, 14 and 17. His two bogeys came at the notoriously difficult par-3 eighth and the closing par-4 18th.
Sunday marked just the eighth round Woods has played since the PGA Tour returned in June. He played last month’s Memorial Tournament and finished T-40 there. He is not in the field for next week’s Wyndham Championship.