AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods closed out his first major championship since 2015 with a final-round 69 Sunday at the Masters to finish 1-over for the tournament.
Despite never being in contention all week, Woods walked away thankful to simply be playing again for green jackets.
“I missed it,’’ he said. “I missed playing out here. For a couple of years, I’ve just been coming here just to eat [at the annual Masters Champions Dinner]. And now to be able to play this golf course and to be able to tee it up and play in the Masters, this is one of the greatest walks in all of golf. I had missed it for the last couple of years.’’
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Woods, who entered the week riding a streak of good form, with a runner-up finish at the Valspar and a tie for fifth at the Arnold Palmer, never was sharp this week in any facet of his game. He finished having hit only 30-of-56 fairways on a very easy driving golf course. He hit just 48-of-72 greens. And his putting was not as sharp as it had been in recent weeks.
“I hit my irons awful for the week,’’ He said. “It was a little bit disappointing I didn’t hit my irons as well as I needed to. You miss it just a touch here it gets magnified. I did not putt well [Sunday]. I three-putted [No.] 7 and three-putted 18. I didn’t put it together when I needed to for the entire week.’’
Woods, who has played five times in the last two months, said he plans to “take a little time off’’ now before returning to likely play the Players Championship in May (and possibly Wells Fargo in Charlotte, N.C.).
“Generally after this tournament I put away the clubs for a while,’’ Woods said. “I usually take three-to-four weeks off and usually the clubs are put in the closet and I just kind of get away for a while. The run-up to this event is pretty hard and pretty grueling. I pushed myself pretty hard to get ready.’’