The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore and in the procewss became the only man to win in the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.
“I had all the opportunities in the world to do it and didn’t get it done”, Woods told reporters after what nonetheless was his best result since late 2013. “I’ve got lots of soccer games and practices to go to so I’ll be doing that and just working out training and trying to get more fit”.
He suffered and was deeply affected by the tragedy, but overcame and brought his Australian team to become world champion in that tournament. It’s the first event of the tour’s 2015-16 season.
Love, a two-time victor of the Wyndham Championship (2006, 1992), entered this weekend ranked No. 186 in the FedEx Cup standings and would vault all the way to No. 74 with a win. Legendary Sam Snead was 52 when he won this tournament, then known as the Greater Greensboro Open, 50 years ago. The roly poly frontrunner enjoyed a magnificent 2005 campaign, winning three times on the Nationwide Tour and once on the US Tour (Lumber Classic), but the rest of his career has not amounted to much.
“This is incredible”, Love said on CBS. “This tournament has been good to guys in my age group“.
The New Zealander was the frontrunner for most of the third round and could have had sole possession of the lead heading into Sunday’s final round, but a bobble at 18 snapped her string of 46 holes without a bogey.
Snedeker (against Justin Leonard), Casey (Cameron Percy) and Simpson (Jim Herman) are solid final-round twoball favourites.
His only birdie on the back nine was an important one. He moved to 17 under with eagle on the par-5 15th, the first of his career during a competitive round on that hole. “I don’t know. I’ve always done that”. “The great thing about golf, you can always get a little bit better”.
While Brown made his hole-in-one, and Love was making birdies all over the place, Woods strung together six consecutive pars before reaching the seventh hole where his short putt for par lipped out.
“It was a grind day today, ” Woods said.
There was quite a crowd near the top of the leaderboard for a while.
The 30-year-old sits on 12-under while Peter Lawrie leads the Irish challenge five shots back after a 69. Woods caught him by rolling in a 5-foot birdie putt on the fifth before Gore shot past them both. Will his 1-stroke lead on Jason Gore hold for 1 more hole?
“If I can keep the same mindset, I think I’m in a very good spot”, Blixt said.
“I kept leaving myself in tough spots above the hole…. I just never felt like I was going to miss any of them”.
The three-putt bogey, which capped a two-under 68, dropped Woods into a tie with fellow American Scott Brown (66) and Swede Jonas Blixt (62) on 13-under 197.
As CBS Sports reports, it wasn’t all bad for Woods.
He ended up three-putting for triple-bogey.
That’s not to suggest Woods played a poor round.