OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL. – It was probably fitting that Tiger Woods’ weekend at the BMW Championship and his 2019-20 PGA Tour season came to an end and he battled on the last nine at Olympia Fields Country Club.
Woods finished the last round of the BMW with a 1: 70 on Sunday and finished the tournament 11 over par. The 1 over par finals were the best round of his four days there. Wood’s ugly game over the weekend means he won’t qualify for the Tour Championship this coming weekend in Atlanta, which also means his PGA Tour season is over.
As promising as Sunday may be for Woods – with the US Open just around the corner – it was the first time and the fifth overall victory since the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in 201
“I didn’t play as well as I wanted in the first few days,” said Woods. “”[Sunday] was nice. I hit the ball really well and only did a couple of putts, but today was more of an indication of how I want to play in a couple of weeks. “
Wood’s return to the PGA Tour after the sport was shut down due to the coronavirus did not go smoothly. He found no consistency in the four events he participated in. He was 6 over par in the Memorial, 1 under par in the PGA Championship, followed by 6 under par in the Northern Trust when the winner Dustin Johnson finished 30 under par. Wood’s best result was 37th in the PGA Championship.
“You know, it’s been a very uncomfortable year for all of us with the virus and without having to play,” said Woods. “The majors have moved, question marks about whether we’re going to play the tour, when we’re going to play the tour, guys who have tested positive. It’s been a very – I think a difficult year and a difficult season for everyone involved in golf . But we’re on the positive side. “
Woods was overtaken by the Back Nine on Sunday, like all weekend. He had his second bogey of the round at # 15 and then drove the ball into the water for the second day in a row at # 17 for a one-shot penalty. His drop shot hit the cart lane, but he still managed to save a double bogey instead of a triple bogey like the one he scored on the third round on that hole.
“Well, I miss the ball in all the wrong places,” said Woods. “If I’ve been missing the right places, I’ve been able to advance in the right places, putts, but if I’ve missed them in bad places, this golf course is sure to punish you.”
After Woods’ 2019-20 PGA Tour officially ends, he will focus on preparing for the US Open at Winged Foot, which begins September 17th. Woods, like many other golfers, said Olympia Fields played more like a US Open course because of how difficult it was.
The almost three week break will also help Woods with his back. He said his back will always ache and be stiff for him at times. The point is simply that he has “good days and bad days”.
“I’d say I’m trying to clean up my laps and miss the golf ball in all the right places,” said Woods of what he’ll be working on over the next few weeks. “Like I said, I didn’t. It was nice to play a practice round and know what to do. I won’t be able to play on Rye until I get to the US Open, so at least – these last two weeks have been very nice to play on rye before going home and training in Bermuda. “