While Tiger did lead alone at one point during the final round on Sunday before falling back, he stood on the 18th tee with a chance to at least tie the clubhouse lead at -6. He needed a birdie to do it, and the 18th being a very difficult hole, a good tee shot was required for Tiger to have a chance at his first major in more than ten years.
And then, some idiot yelled during his swing. NBC picked it up pretty cleanly, and the broadcast crew were on it right away:
Johnny Miller was insistent that Tiger wouldn’t want to hit it again if they gave him the choice, the result being good enough despite the yell, and Tiger’s approach shot seemed to confirm that, as he did this with a gap wedge:
That left him with this birdie putt, which was definitely within range:
In the end, that wouldn’t have mattered for the championship, as his playing partner Francesco Molinari made birdie to move to -8. It was still a fantastic tournament for Woods, who entered today with a chance to contend and managed to do just that, coming slightly unraveled on the back after a double at 11 and a bogey at 12 knocked him from the lead.
This will be Tiger’s best finish since a T6 at the 2013 Open, and if he can stay healthy, Woods is going to keep contending. He’s playing well enough to do it. He’s never going to be the clear-cut most dominant player in the world again, but that’s okay. We’ve seen that already. This version of Tiger is almost more entertaining anyway.