For the second consecutive time down the stretch at a major, it simply wasn’t meant to be for Woods.
The 31-year-old titan came up dreadfully short at the par-3 16th, scrambling for par. Following Furyk’s bold stratagem at the 17th, he hit a 3-wood into the right greenside bunker and couldn’t stop the resulting splash shot en route to another par. And after a decent drive at the last kicked into nasty position up against the primary cut of rough, one last approach with a pitching wedge kicked 30 feet past the pin, yielding a nasty, breaking putt that never threatened the cup.
“I felt like I played really well all week,” said Woods, who still has not won a major when trailing heading into Sunday’s play. “Finishing second is never fun. You play so hard, and it’s just disappointing. … I’m going to have to analyze what went right and what went wrong and adjust accordingly going forward.”
And Cabrera is going to have to adjust to the life of an unlikely, though eminently deserving, major champion.
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