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Despite strong start, Tiger Woods ‘ran out of gas,’ now far off the lead at Tour Championship

Jay Busbee
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Tiger Woods has had better days. (Getty Images)

ATLANTA - For a moment, it looked like Tiger Woods' nasty Thursday round at the Tour Championship was going to be nothing more than an ugly memory. After 13 holes, he was absolutely rolling, carding a five-under round that had him angling for the FedEx Cup.

And then came the final five. Over the last five holes at East Lake, Woods went six-over, including both a double and triple bogey. That's the kind of meltdown you'd expect from somebody angling to win their first major, not the No. 1 player in the world on a Friday.

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Truth was, though, Woods was tired, or at least he said he was. “I put everything I had into that start, and didn’t have anything left at the end,” Woods said, agreeing to speak to the media on Friday after declining comment on Thursday. “I just ran out of gas.”

Woods would go on to finish the day at +1, leaving him at +4 for the tournament, 14 strokes behind leader Henrik Stenson and briefly tied for last with Jason Dufner. Ugly rounds by Boo Weekley, Brandt Snedeker and Charl Schwartzel at least spared Woods the indignity of being in last after two days.

Well, at least Woods missed the cut, so he can get on back to ... wait, what? The Tour Championship is a no-cut event? Alas. Well, at least Woods will get an early start on the day Saturday.

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