Tiger Woods failed to win his 15th major title Sunday at the Open Championship. He said the final round was “frustrating.”
Woods began the day just two strokes behind leader Lee Westwood, but finished Sunday at Muirfield with a 74 putting him in a tie for sixth, five strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson.
“It was frustrating,” Woods said. “I played well. I could just never get the speed [of the greens] right today. We started on the first day, and it progressively got slower. And that’s usually the opposite at most tournaments. It usually gets faster as the week goes on, but this week was different. And today I had a couple of opportunities to make a couple of putts and I left them short.”
Asked if he wanted to win this one more than others, he said, “I want every one, are you kidding me? I felt like I was really playing well today. Actually the whole week. I really hit so many good shots and really had control of my ball this week. As I said, it was just trying to get the speed and I just didn’t get it.”
The No. 1 ranked player in the world made no excuses during the tournament. He never mentioned the left elbow injury that affected him last month at the U.S. Open.
“Overall I’ve been very positive about how I played this week, and the frustrating part as I said is I didn’t get the speed,” he said. “As the greens got slower, I had a harder time adjusting and hitting the putts harder because that first day I think it got to a lot of us that played in the afternoon. They were really quick and they kept getting faster and faster. As the week went on, they got slower.”
Woods 74 on Sunday tied his highest final-round score at the Open as a pro. He has won four times this year on the PGA Tour but now has nine top-6 finishes in major championships in the 17 he has played since he won the 2008 U.S. Open.