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Twice this year, Woods was tied for the lead in a major and fell back _ a 148 weekend at Olympic Club in the U.S. Open, followed by a 74-72 weekend at Kiawah Island in the PGA Championship.

He was only three shots out of the lead at Bethpage until his four three-putts led to a 72, and then he really imploded on Sunday. Woods shot a 40 on the back nine, which started with a three-putt double bogey on the 12th hole.

Woods has only five rounds under par in the last round, three of those leading to wins. The others were a 62 at the Honda Classic, where he started the final round nine shots behind, and a 66 at the Bridgestone Invitational, where he was 11 shots behind going into the final round.

His final-round scoring average is 70.83. His third-round scoring average is 70.62. Only one other time in his career has Woods averaged over 70 in the third and final round. That was in 2010, the year he returned from his personal turmoil.


PGA AWARD: The PGA of America has a points-based award for player of the year, and it looks as if it is coming down to Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy is leading with 78 points (10 points for the Honda Classic, 30 points for the PGA Championship, second in money and scoring), with Woods at 68 points (10 points for each of his three tour wins, leading money and second in scoring).

That could change in the next three tournaments, depending on how they fare in the rest of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Woods is ineligible to win the Vardon Trophy because he withdrew in the middle of a round at Doral, when his Achilles tendon was hurting. He still gets credit in the Vardon Trophy standings for purposes of the PGA player award.

Because of the incomplete round, Woods is docked .10 points from his adjusted average, meaning his scoring average would be 69.12. McIlroy is at 69.11.


RIO IN 2015: Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said officials expect to break ground on the Olympic course in Rio this fall, keeping it on schedule for the 2016 and for what he called a “test event” prior to the Olympics.

Still to be determined is what that test event might be.

There were early indications it might be a World Golf Championship event, though that chatter has been quiet in recent years. Dawson said the International Golf Federation is not responsible for the event, though he said it could be either a major amateur tournament.

Even so, he said a professional event would be the most likely to “attract the best players and the best crowds.”

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