Woods played with Lee Westwood the day before, and it was actually late in their back-and-forth duel that the fade began. They were tied for the lead going to the 17th hole, with Woods poised to hold at least a share of it going to the final round of a major for the first time since the 2009 PGA Championship.
He never got any closer.
“It was frustrating,” Woods said. “I played well. I could just never get the speed right today. We started on the first day and it progressively got slower. That’s usually the opposite at most tournaments. It usually gets faster as the week goes on, but this week was different. I had a couple of opportunities to make a couple of putts and I left them short.”