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At least it was over pretty quickly.
Tiger Woods went off alone in the first group on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament, the consequence of a career-worst, 13-over 85 the day prior that had him in last place by a half-dozen shots. A modest crowd followed Woods, who played 14 good holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club before again succumbing to a swing that's still -- and may forever be -- a work in progress. Woods played the final four holes in 4 over par, including a double-bogey 6 at the last to shoot 2-over 74.
Woods wrapped up his week in 2 hours, 51 minutes.
“I did not win. Wasn’t even close,” Woods said bluntly, assessing his week.
However, Woods did show signs of improvement on Sunday. With a birdie on the par-5 11th, Woods got it to 3 under on the day before the messy finish that also included a double bogey on the par-5 15th. The back nine wholly undid Woods this week, with the 14-time major winner playing the second side in 16 over for the week. He finished at 14-over 302 overall.
Surely, Woods, who posted a career-worst 72-hole total at this tournament that he's won five times, wasn't happy to have such an early, lonely start. On the bright side, it did give Woods a chance to try to work out some kinks inside the ropes before he tries again in two weeks at the U.S. Open.
“Just to go out there and shoot the best score I possibly can," Woods said afterward, explaining what he tried to accomplish in what had to be a humbling experience.
"Just because I'm in last place doesn't change how I play golf. Whether it's the first day or last day doesn't matter, play all out.”