The Farmers Insurance Open proved to be pretty frustrating for Tiger Woods, who admitted he could not force his way in, even as a share of the lead was grabbed by Phil Mickelson along with Bill Haas.
The chances of a victory for Woods faded after contrasting third rounds in California. Mickelson on the other hand, tied with Haas as he shot a four-under round of 68 during the final round yesterday
Mickelson was looking to make this game his fourth victory even if he has not won at Torrey Pines since 2001. Careless mistakes by Woods which led to lie eight shots off the lead resulted to him dropping out of contention.
Ending his streak of 21 rounds of par, Woods said: “I didn’t swing the club very well at all. Didn’t feel comfortable, as I said, until 16.
“By then it’s too late and the damage had already been done.”
Woods found out he had too much ground to make up on the field, as early as his third competitive round of the year.
“It’s always easy to do it at home on the range,” he said. “Then you have to do it on the golf course at home, and then once you’re able do it there, you have to do it out here.
“Then once you do it out here, you have to do it in contention,” Woods said in comments reported on the PGA website, www.pgatour.com.
“Then once you do it in contention, you have to do it in major championships. And then you have to do it on the back nine of a major and be successful.
“So it’s a process, a building process. I’ve been through it before and I hit some good shots out there. Unfortunately, I hit way too many bad ones.”
This may be bad news for Woods but good news for Hunter Mahan, who rolled in a four-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole, playing his way into the final group.