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PGA Championship 2012: Tiger Woods put on hold for next major victory

- Associated Press - Sunday, August 12, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — It was another wobbly weekend for Tiger Woods at a major championship.

Woods shot a par 72 on Sunday — after finishing a third-round 74 earlier in the day — and ended up 11 strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship.

It was a disappointing slide for Woods, who was tied for the lead after two rounds but still is trying for his first major title since 2008.

"The thing is, to keep putting myself there," he said. "I'm not going to win them all, and I haven't won them all, so I certainly have lost a lot more than I've won."

Especially lately.

At Kiawah Island, his chance slipped away Saturday, when he bogeyed three of seven holes to start the third round before play was halted by rain.

"I came out with probably the wrong attitude [Saturday], and I was too relaxed, and tried to enjoy it, and that's not how I play," Woods said. "I play full systems go, all out, intense, and that's how I won 14 of these things."

His 15th major championship will have to wait at least until next year, even though he was in the mix yet again. In the U.S. Open this year, Woods finished 75-73 to go from a tie for the lead to a tie for 21st.

At the British Open last month, his final-round 73 left him tied for third. That was his worst round of the tournament.

At the PGA Championship, Woods returned to the course Sunday morning facing a 7-foot par putt on No. 8, which he promptly missed to drop another stroke behind. He rebounded later in his third round with birdies on Nos. 11 and 13, but the damage was done.

Woods finished the third round five strokes behind and was never a factor after that. McIlroy's final-round 66 had everyone else pretty much playing for second place, and Woods tied for 11th.

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