Since Tiger Woods turned pro in 1996, he won a PGA Tour event in each of those 14 seasons — until this year. Woods’ streak will fall short of matching the record of 17 straight years with a win set by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. (Tiger has two tournaments left this year, but they don’t count as official PGA Tour events.)
After opening with a 68 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Tiger struggled in the second and third rounds with scores of 72 and 73. Woods made a back-nine run on Sunday, carding five birdies and one bogey to finish with a 68. It was almost 67, though. With a three-footer for birdie on 18, Woods’ putt didn’t even hit the hole and powered it the same distance past the hole. At least he made the comeback for par. The announcer said, “My goodness gracious…I would have lost money on that one.” His co-announcer concurred.
However, Woods’ 68 vaulted him to T6. Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan and Nick Watney were the next-best American finishers at T20. At least Tiger can still claim low-American honors.
Woods will play in one-day skins event in his mother’s home country, Thailand, on Monday before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Masters.