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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods’ Tour Championship hopes slip away at BMW

Golfweek logo Golfweek 8/18/2019 Dan Kilbridge
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Tiger Woods Shot even-par 72 in the final round of the BMW Championship Sunday at Medinah Country Club. That wasn't nearly enough to get into next week's Tour Championship, meaning Tiger's season has officially come to a close.

Follow along below for a shot-by-shot recap of Woods' final round.

Hole 18: Par 4, 445 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:45 p.m.): Ends it with a good one. About 300 yards to the middle of the fairway, less than 150 yards in from there. Let's see if he can come up with a closing birdie.

APPROACH SHOT (3:50 p.m.): Misses long and left in the thick stuff. Chip shot coming up.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:54 p.m.): Not bad, chips it to 5 feet and finishes that off for a closing par. That'll do it for Tiger this season.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even-par 72, 7 under overall

Hole 17: Par 3, 193 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:31 p.m.): Took dead aim and just barely cleared the water. Looks like it landed just on the right side of the railroad tie and disappeared into the thick stuff.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:38 p.m.): Nice little chip shot there to get it within a foot of the cup, that'll be a tap-in par. Tiger's final hole of the 2018-19 season coming up.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 17 (7 under overall)

Hole 16: Par 4, 485 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:12 p.m.): Good one. Definitely been above-average off the tee this week but every other aspect of his game held him back at Medinah.

APPROACH SHOT (3:18 p.m.): Pulled 8-iron from 168 yards out and he was laughing as soon as it left the club. Not good. Not even sure it reached the green, looked like it landed about two clubs short.

ON THE GREEN (3:30 p.m.): Got it to within two feet of the cup for an easy tap-in par. Onward.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 16 (7 under overall)

Hole 15: Par 4, 291 yards

OFF THE TEE (3 p.m.): Tiger pulls driver here for the first time all week and sends one into the left rough. In the vicinity of the green at least and might be able to work some magic from there.

APPROACH SHOT (3:04 p.m.): Nothing great there either, lands it on the fringe and it's well short of the hole. Lengthy birdie putt coming up.

ON THE GREEN (3:07 p.m.): Got aggressive and sailed that birdie try past the hole. Work left to save par, but he cleans up from there.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 15 (7 under overall)

Hole 14: Par 5, 609 yards

OFF THE TEE(2:44 p.m.): Puts it out there in the short stuff but won't be able to reach in two, still 315 yards out.

SECOND SHOT (2:46 p.m.): Bad layup shot, misses left of the fairway and he'll be hitting his third from the thick stuff.

THIRD SHOT (2:48 p.m.): That's no good. Very chunky and misses short, in the bunker. East Lake officially gone, enjoy these last few holes. Probably the last we'll see of Tiger until the ZOZO Championship in October.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:51 p.m.): Another mediocre shot from the sand, leaves a lengthy putt to save par. Wheels starting to come off a bit.

ON THE GREEN (2:55 p.m.): Catches a piece of the cup to save par. Nice applause but it won't change the fact that he won't be able to defend his title at next week's Tour Championship.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 14 (7 under overall)

Hole 13: Par 3, 248 yards

OFF THE TEE(2:27 p.m.): It's a 4-iron for Tiger and he got all of it. Well long of the green and a tad left, into a bunker. Not ideal.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:33 p.m.): Sent a high bunker shot over the hole with little to no spin. Gonna be about 8-10 feet to save par here.

ON THE GREEN (2:34 p.m.): Negative. Misses above the hole, it's a bogey and that should pretty much do it. Tiger would need to birdie out just to have a chance at East Lake.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13 (7 under overall)

Hole 12: Par 4, 469 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:10 p.m.): Another good one off the tee, has to get aggressive on this approach now.

APPROACH SHOT: (2:14 p.m.): Goes right at it and it's a little long, but settles on the back fringe. He'll be putting from there. Not bad.

ON THE GREEN(2:21 p.m.): Nope. Misses by a little more than a foot and it'll be another par. Sounds like he'll need to play his last six holes at 5 under in order to have a chance. Time to go for broke.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 12 (9 under overall)

Hole 11: Par 4, 433 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:57 p.m.): Good one to the right side of the fairway. No issues from there.

APPROACH SHOT (2:02 p.m.): Not bad. Safely on to the center of the green, still looks like more than 20 feet for birdie though.

ON THE GREEN (2:08 p.m.): Painfully close. Stops within a foot and it's another tap-in par. Playing out the inevitable now that this will be Tiger's last round of the season.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 11 (8 under overall)

Hole 10: Par 5, 575 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:40 p.m.): Splits the fairway with a driver there. Another must-birdie hole here as Tiger is now back to No. 40 in the FedEx Cup standings.

APPROACH SHOT (1:46 p.m.): Had 246 yards with a fairway wood and came up short. On a great line but just didn't catch all of it. Still a very good chance at birdie coming up, but eagle would have been a big boost.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:50 p.m.): Uninspired. Left it well short of the flag and doesn't get it inside 15 feet from a great spot.

ON THE GREEN (1:53 p.m.): Nope. Short again from 20 feet and a tap-in par. That's probably lights out on his Tour Championship chances.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 10 (8 under overall)

Hole 9: Par 4, 446 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:24 p.m.): Textbook. Sends it over the trees and a big driver twirl to finish. He's been money with the big stick all week, would be very interesting to see what he could do next week if he picks up enough birdies over the next 10 holes to get there.

APPROACH SHOT (1:29 p.m.): That drive actually found the rough, had a look at the green from 204 yards out but it's short and in a greenside bunker. Not gonna cut it.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:33 p.m.): Yikes. Pretty straightforward bunker shot and he fails to get it on the green, leaves it well short on the fringe.

ON THE GREEN (1:36 p.m.): Chipped it on a good line but just short of the hole. Bogey. Gonna need to shoot something like 30 or 31 on the back nine to have any chance at East Lake now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 9 (8 under overall)

Hole 8: Par 3, 196 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:14 p.m.): Not great. He's safely on the green but caught a piece of the wrong side, hanging on the right edge to a left pin. Looks like at least 40 feet from there, needs to lag something close.

ON THE GREEN (1:21 p.m.): Good speed on that one from 49 feet away, just a hair off line. That'll be a tap-in par and no damage done.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 8 (9 under overall)

Hole 7: Par 5, 613 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:55 p.m.): Another driver here and that's what he needed to do. Might be able to give it a go with a fairway wood from there and no question about it, this is absolutely a must-birdie hole if he wants to get to East Lake.

APPROACH SHOT (1:02 p.m.): Fairway wood from 284 yards out and it's a miss long and left. But plenty of distance and should have a chance to get up-and-down from there. Again, absolutely has to have a birdie here.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:08 p.m.): Oh, that is nice. Knew he had to buckle down there and he gets it close with a wedge, looks like about five feet coming up for a must-make birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:12 p.m.): Bingo. Drains that birdie from three feet and back to 9 under overall. Still plenty of work left to do, but he absolutely had to have that birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 7 (9 under overall)

Hole 6: Par 4, 476 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:40 p.m.): Another solid strike to get things started and it's another fairway in reg. Tiger's now up to No. 36 in the projected FedEx Cup standings, needs to get to No. 30 to make the Tour Championship. Keep tabs on those projected standings right here throughout the afternoon.

APPROACH SHOT (12:45 p.m.): Still 213 yards out from there and he hates it. Missed it well right and short into a bunker, gonna need to get up-and-down from there to avoid his first bogey in 25 holes.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:49 p.m.): Wanted to take a little more sand on that one but got away with it. Gets a nice bounce from the fringe and rolls to within 8-10 feet. Gonna need to make a putt to save par.

ON THE GREEN (12:53 p.m.): Nope. Missed it on the amateur side and that snaps a streak of 24 consecutive bogey-free holes. Drops back to 8 under and that's not good. Very little room for error today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 6 (8 under overall)

Hole 5: Par 5, 521 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:24 p.m.): Lost that tee shot to the right and there's plenty of trouble over there. But his ball stayed out of a cluster of bunkers over there and ends up in the thick rough. Probably won't be able to reach from there.

SECOND SHOT (12:32 p.m.): Just a layup, looks like it caught a piece of a tree but bounces into the fairway and it's safe. Gonna have about 70 yards in from there.

THIRD SHOT (12:34 p.m.): Not bad, but still leaves a lengthy birdie putt. Maybe 25 feet or so.

ON THE GREEN (12:36 p.m.): Boom!! Drops that lengthy birdie putt and this ain't over yet, McGaven. Huge.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 5 (9 under overall)

Hole 4: Par 4, 458 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:10 p.m.): Great swing there with a driver that splits the fairway. He's been giving himself plenty of chances in that department all week, the irons just haven't been nearly as sharp.

APPROACH SHOT (12:17 p.m.): That's more like it. All over the flag from 143 yards out and sticks it close. First real birdie opportunity of the day coming up from inside 10 feet.

ON THE GREEN (12:21 p.m.): Even closer than we thought, just inside three feet. Taps it in no problem for the first birdie of the day. Need quite a few more of those down the stretch to have a prayer at East Lake.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (8 under overall)

Hole 3: Par 4, 386 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:56 a.m.): Beauty. Likes it right away and that one splits the fairway. Time to get something going here.

APPROACH SHOT (12:01 p.m.): Mediocre at best with a wedge from 90 yards. Leaves it well short of the hole, gonna be maybe 25-plus feet from there. Sounds like he caught a mud ball so bad break if that's the case.

ON THE GREEN (12:04 p.m.): Nope. That 30-foot birdie try had the distance but slides past the cup. Gonna be another tap-in par and still hasn't had a legit birdie chance.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 3 (7 under overall)

Hole 2: Par 3, 162 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:45 a.m.): Maybe a little more conservative than intended but it's fine. Safely on the green and left of the flag, gonna be another birdie putt in the 25-foot range coming up.

ON THE GREEN: (11:50 a.m.): Another conservative stroke there, leaves it well short of the cup. Figured we'd see the opposite from Tiger knowing what he needs to do to get to East Lake. Has to mark that par putt, but he cleans it up no problem.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (7 under overall)

Hole 1: Par 4, 428 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:31 a.m.): Not the start he was looking for, that one misses left and into a fairway bunker. We'll see if he can do anything from there.

APPROACH SHOT (11:36 a.m.): Not bad. Gets it up to the front of the green, leaves about 25 feet.

ON THE GREEN (11:41 a.m.): Misses below the hole for a routine par to start. Looking like he's gonna have to finish in the top 11 in order to have a shot at East Lake, currently T-32 so a lot of ground to make up this afternoon.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (7 under overall)

Pre-round

Woods shot 5-under 67 Saturday in Round 3 in what was easily one of his sharpest rounds since the Masters and best score since a final-round 67 at the Memorial in late June.

Still, Woods did not get off to a great start with two consecutive rounds of 1-under 71. He'll need to go very low Sunday in order to have a chance at getting inside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup Standings and qualifying for the Tour Championship.

If Woods isn't able to move inside the East Lake pool of contenders, this will likely be his final competitive round until the inaugural ZOZO Championship this October in Japan.

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