While Phil Mickelson played the round of his life to win the 2013 British Open at Muirfield, Tiger Woods struggled on Sunday, letting his chance at winning his first major championship since 2008 slip away due to a tough day on the greens.
Woods opened the round with three bogeys in the first six holes and was unable to recover, the proverbial nail in the coffin coming when he opened the back-nine with back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11.
Woods spoke about his round afterwards:
It was frustrating. I played well. I could just never get the speed right today. I had a hard time adjusting to the speeds. They were much slower today, much softer. I don’t think I got too many putts to the hole today. I really had a hard time and left myself a couple of long lag putts early on when [the wind] was really blowing, and left them way short and didn’t make those putts (CBS Sports).
Despite his 0-17 drought at majors, Woods went on to say that his confidence hasn’t been broken:
I’ve won 14 and in that spell where I haven’t won since Torrey [at the 2008 US Open], I’ve been in there. It’s not like I’ve lost my card and am not playing out here. So I’ve won some tournaments in that stretch and I’ve been in probably about half the majors on the back nine on Sunday with a chance to win during that stretch. I just haven’t done it yet.
Woods’ next opportunity to end the streak will come at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill (August 8-11).
[Source: CBS Sports]