Love’s comeback might just beginning. Instead, Woods, who won the inaugural FedEx Cup in 2007 and won again in 2009, will be watching the top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings participate in the four tournaments, starting next week at the Barclays, that comprise the playoff. Tiger Woods will have to wait a while to get another chance. And many, including ESPN’s Dottie Pepper, say it’s a sign he might be returning to form. He bogeyed Nos. 1 and 7 and played the five holes in between at 6-under. When a putt would miss, there would be a primal scream, louder than the thousands of others who lined up along the ropes.
“I was nervous”, said Gore, who retained his tour card with the solo second-place finish.
Andrade wins Boeing Classic for 2nd Champions Tour title: SNOQUALMIE, Wash. Love III’s eagle at 15 was his only par breaker on his inward half, but it was huge.
“Incredible” was Love’s verdict on the win, achieved with a six-under par final round of 64 that included eagles at both of Sedgefield’s two par-fives.
Woods faded fast, particularly with a triple-bogey on the par-4 11th hole that dashed all hopes of a rally across the back nine. Though Love III is a great driver of the golf ball, it showed you don’t have to be in the 20something crowd to still win.
Woods meanwhile did not get off to the best of starts and was level par for the round after the opening nine. “I can play out here and still compete and I got lucky this week and snuck another one in there”. Jason Gore entered the final round with the lead, but posted a 1-under 69 on the day to finish at -16 for the tournament and in second place.
Those two records are certain to fall in the near future as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods approach those ages. Scott Brown (68), Charl Schwartzel (66) and Paul Casey (67) tied for third at 15 under.
He ended up three-putting for triple-bogey.
USA’s Scott Brown briefly tied for the lead when he landed a hole-in-one on the 174-yard third during the final round. I had a sand wedge in my hand at 8 and didn’t make birdie there.
Chasing his first victory since 2013, he opened with six straight pars, including one on the easiest hole on the course – the par-5 fifth, which he birdied in each of the first three rounds.
Major back surgery last year and some woeful performances this year, including the worst score of his career, an 85 at the Memorial tournament in June, raised legitimate questions of whether he was done as a serious threat.