Woods's triple bogey leaves him tied for last
By Larry Fine
WINDERMERE, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods stumbled with another case of yips on his chip shots, taking a triple bogey that consigned him to a last-place tie in the Hero World Challenge on Sunday.
Woods, plagued by chipping disasters in this comeback tournament from a four-month absence, chunked two chip shots and then sent another racing by the hole on his way to an eight at the par-five 13th hole.
That moved the 14-times major winner from two under par to one-over in the elite 18-player tournament that benefits his foundation. After another three-putt bogey, a pair of birdies from the 16th gave him a 72 and even-par 288 for the event.
"My short game was awful. But the good side is I played four straight days and felt no pain, and hit the ball as hard as I wanted to, over bunkers and cutting corners," Woods told reporters in assessing his state of play as he assimilates a swing change with new consultant Chris Como.
The former world number one said a new release point on his shots was affecting his chipping motion, but he was not worried. "Over these holidays, I can refine it," he said, adding that he planned a full schedule for the upcoming season.
Woods opened the tournament with a 77 after going five-over on his first nine holes.
The tournament host improved in the next two rounds despite suffering from flu symptoms and got his total score under par Sunday with a birdie at the seventh -- his 61st hole of the event and rolled in another birdie at the ninth.
He seemed poised to reach a modest goal in his return to competition before his chipping failures. Continued...