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Brent Kelley

Tiger Woods Shoots 77 for Worst Finish of Career

By August 8, 2010

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Things went from bad to worse for Tiger Woods in the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday as he posted the worst finish of his career. A day after shooting 75 and hitting 11-over par, on Sunday Woods carded a 77 and finished the tournament at 18-over par 298.

Tiger Woods - eighteen over par. And in a tournament he's won seven times, and where his previous worst finish was a tie for fourth place. This year, Woods finished in a tie for 78th place with only one player behind him.

His 77 today ties for the fifth-worst single-round score in Woods' PGA Tour career:

  • 81 - 2002 British Open, third round
  • 79 - 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, second round
  • 78 - 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, third round
  • 78 - 1996 Tour Championship, second round
  • 77 - 2010 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, final round
  • 77 - 2002 Buick Invitational, second round
  • 77 - 1998 Bay Hill Invitational, final round
  • 77 - 1998 Buick Open, third round
Woods' final round at the Bridgestone include one three-hole stretch he played in 5-over; on holes 14-16, Woods went double bogey-bogey-double bogey. For the week, Woods hit just under 40-percent of fairways and just over 48-percent of greens.

His 78th-place finish is the worst of his career in tournaments in which he played all four rounds. Woods' previous worst finish was a tie for 60th at the 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open, his first tournament as a pro.

His 18-over score in relation to par is easily the worst of Woods' career. It's the 30th time Woods has finished over-par after four rounds, but the majority of those tournaments were majors and Players Championships. Woods' worst finishes in relation to par are:

  • 2010 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, 18-over
  • 2003 PGA Championship, 12-over
  • 2004 U.S. Open, 10-over
  • 1999 British Open, 10-over
  • 1998 U.S. Open, 10-over

And one more list for you: As a pro, Woods has failed to match or beat par in all four rounds of a tournament only four times. The previous three times that happened were in majors:

  • 2010 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, 74-72-75-77--298
  • 2003 PGA Championship, 74-72-73-73--292
  • 1999 British Open, 74-72-74-74--294
  • 1998 US Open, 74-72-71-73--290

It's still possible Tiger can play his way onto the U.S. Ryder Cup team with a strong finish at the PGA Championship this week. But that doesn't appear likely, so here's a poll for you:


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