Tiger Woods Was Greeted By His Girlfriend After Finishing At The Open

Annette Crawford
July 23, 2018

Plenty of weekend golfers have hit the links while coping with a hangover, but majority were not competing in the British Open at the time.

Woods had been surprised to find himself leading so quickly after starting the day four shots from the lead. It felt like old times at the British Open, as familiar as his Sunday red shirt and the swarm of fans that cheered his every shot.

Then Woods imploded, too, and there's something that's become increasingly familiar about that.

The eventual victor played alongside former world No 1 Woods in the final round, who appeared ready to end his 10-year victory drought in majors midway through the round.

Tiger Woods briefly climbed atop the leaderboard on Sunday at The Open Championship at Carnoustie before finishing tied for sixth at 5-under, three strokes behind victor Francesco Molinari. Woods finished tied for sixth.

Woods flinched when it mattered most, the nerves of a 42-year-old on display for all to see.

He became the first major victor since Steve Elkington won the PGA Championship in 1995 to play the final 36 holes without a single score over par.

Even a long hug from his two children afterward wasn't enough to ease the sting.

I had to face a little bit of adversity early in the round, and I still gave myself a chance.

The "where I was" referred to the years of debilitating back pain that was finally solved by a spinal fusion last April, allowing him to resume his career after four years of severely-curtailed appearances.

Captain's assistant Tiger Woods of the U.S. Team and Erica Herman look on during Saturday four-ball matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 30, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

"Playing with Tiger was a challenge because of the crowds and everything, " said Molinari, who birdied two of the final five holes. He walked to the next tee with a one-shot lead. With a wayward tee shot on 11, and a second that caromed off a spectator, Woods double bogeyed the 11th.

Woods survived hitting into bunkers on Nos. He ended up with a deflating double-bogey that knocked him out of the lead.

"He wouldn't tell you, but he's human, " Jordan Spieth said.

Kisner and Zach Johnson shared the lead entering the third round. Woods moved to No. 50 in the world for the first time in more than three years. "It didn't feel any different", said Woods.

"I didn't know I was tied for the lead at one point, I knew I was within one".

It wasn't like the course wasn't gettable. Molinari didn't make a bogey on his way to a 69 while playing alongside Woods. Such was the case for Eddie Pepperell on Sunday, but the 27-year-old Englishman did not let feeling green around the gills stop him from performing well on the greens - and nearly everywhere else at Carnoustie. "My record around here was awful, which didn't make me too optimistic about the week", he said. Obviously, that was a great experience to play with [the eventual winner] Phil [Mickelson] in the last round and to see someone doing the job, getting the job done on Sunday. Woods looks as strong as he did in his prime, even though he's had surgeries, a sex-scandal, a divorce and a drug-related DUI.

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