Woods cards worst round of 2012 with final-round bogeyfest at The Barclays
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Woods cards worst round of 2012 with final-round bogeyfest at The Barclays

Tiger Woods posted his worst round of the season on Sunday on the final day of The Barclays at Bethpage Black on Long Island.

Woods shot 5-over 76 to go from 4 under for the tournament to a meager 1 over, heading into the second leg of the playoffs with his second-worst finish of the year.

The world No. 3 began with a bogey after a pulled, errant tee shot at the first, but then alternated birdies and bogeys for the first five holes. Woods carded a birdie at the par-5 seventh to turn in even par.

The back nine, however, was rife with dropped shots. Almost everything went wrong for Woods. He was errant off the tee, misjudged the quality of his lie several times and continued to struggle with the putter. Perhaps no greater embodiment of his Sunday game was at the par-4 12th.

Woods drove his tee shot into fairly deep right rough. With over 200 yards to the hole, Woods guessed he had a flier lie, trying to drive a 7-iron up to the green. He was wrong, leaving a nasty chip from a deep lie in the rough. He stubbed that third shot, leaving a fast putt for his fourth. He lagged the putt to within 3 feet, but missed the bogey effort. The double-bogey 6 was his worst score of the week and the start of a stretch where Woods went from even to 5 over in five holes.

The 76 is Woods' third-worst final round in his PGA Tour career. He shot 77 twice, in the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational and 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He also recorded his lowest-ever final round this season, shooting 62 to close the Honda Classic in March.

Woods is projected to drop to third in the FedEx Cup standings.

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