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Woods aims to 'clean up' rounds ahead of U.S. Open

Aug 30, 2020; Olympia Fields, Illinois, USA; Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Olympia Fields Country Club - North. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour season ended with a thud at Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday, with the 15-time major winner finishing with a dismal 11 over par through the fourth round of the BMW Championship.

The tournament, the second of three FedExCup playoff events, saw 69 golfers vying for 30 spots in the Tour Championship, which begins in Atlanta later this week.

Woods, who carded a one-over par 71 on Sunday and finished the tournament tied at 51st place, was among the many players who struggled on the tricky Illinois course.

“This golf course was basically a U.S. Open, with the rough being as high as it is and fairways a little bit narrow,” said Woods. “Look at the scores, and I don’t think that we’ve seen scores like this in a non-major in a very long time.

“This was a great ramp-up for me for the U.S. Open.”

The 44-year-old, who failed to crack the top 10 at any tour event since the tour returned from coronavirus-mandated hiatus earlier this year, shot a disastrous three-over par and five-over par in the first two days of the tournament, wrapping up Sunday’s play with a double-bogey on 17 and par on 18.

He hopes to make good use of the downtime, trying to “clean up” his rounds before the U.S. Open begins next month at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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