MIAMI (AFP) – Tiger Woods narrowly missed out on a fairytale victory in his return to aggressive golf on Sunday (Dec 19) after a ultimate spherical birdie blitz got here up quick on the PNC Championship household event in Florida.
Woods, enjoying in his first occasion since struggling career-threatening accidents in a automotive crash 10 months in the past, reeled off 11 consecutive birdies alongside his 12-year-old son Charlie to card a 15-under-par 57 to complete on 25-under-par within the two-round event on the Ritz Carlton Golf Course in Orlando.
Nonetheless the Woods duo have been unable to shut with a twelfth birdie on the par-five 18th gap, settling for par and lacking the possibility to place the strain on two-time main champion John Daly, enjoying along with his son John Daly II.
The Daly duo finally closed with a birdie to match the Woods’s second-round 57 and end on 27-under-par for a two-shot victory.
A weary Woods, who virtually wanted to have his shattered proper leg amputated after his automotive crash in Los Angeles in February, stated afterwards he was merely grateful to be enjoying once more.
“I am simply completely satisfied and grateful that I am in a position to do that,” Woods instructed NBC tv.
“I nonetheless have my very own leg, which was questionable for some time, and it is functioning. I am simply actually drained – I am not used to this.
“I feel this is likely to be solely my fourth or fifth spherical of golf this yr. I am just a little worn out. It was good to have a cart.” Woods stated he and his son had set a pre-tournament goal of enjoying two bogey-free rounds which they’d achieved.
“Our complete objective for the 2 days was do not make any bogeys – final yr we made two – and we did not make any,” Woods stated.
“We felt we would need to birdie each gap on the again 9 to have an opportunity. It received attention-grabbing and just a little tight in direction of the top, which was enjoyable.”