Sorry Tiger Woods fails to make Tour Championship

Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:47pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

LEMONT, Illinois (Reuters) - There is still plenty of golf ahead for Tiger Woods this year but his PGA Tour season came to an early end at the BMW Championship Sunday after he failed to earn a spot in the Tour Championship.

For the first time in 15-years, Woods finishes his PGA Tour season without claiming a single title but the world number one at least managed to exit on a positive note firing three birdies on a bogey-free back nine for a final round one-under 70.

The back-nine charge, however, was far too little, too late to earn Woods a place in the elite 30-man field for the lucrative season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

His one-under total of 283 left him in a tie for 15th and well out of the fifth place finish he needed to advance to the finale.

It marks the third time in five years that Woods has not played the Tour Championship. He missed the event in 2008 while recuperating from knee surgery and in 2006 when he qualified but decided to end his season early.

Instead of making the trip to East Lake, Woods will have two weeks off to work on his inconsistent game and prepare for next month's Ryder Cup showdown with Europe at Celtic Manor.

"That's just the way it is," shrugged Woods, when asked if he was disappointed not to be headed to Atlanta. "I didn't play well early in the year and I didn't play well in the middle of the year.

"I would rather be there. I've played better than I have all this year.   Continued...