Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 17th 2013 Contents and was starting to establish his dominance.
But he looked ordinary at Merion.
Starting the final round 10 shots behind, Woods
made a birdie putt on the opening hole. Instead of a
fist pump, he offered only a mild wave. Whatever
hopes he had of at least getting his name on the
leaderboard ended quickly. Woods pushed his tee shot
to the right on the par-5 second hole, over the trees
and out-of-bounds. His next tee shot was close to
going out-of-bounds, stopping a few yards away in
front of a tree. He wound up with a triple bogey.
It was his only big number of the week, though his
20 bogeys were startling.
"I struggled with the speed all week," Woods said.
"These greens are grainy. It s one of the older bent
grasses---creeping bent. I struggled with the speed,
especially right around the hole. Putts were breaking
a lot more. I gave it a little more break and then it
would hang. That s kind of the way it was this week."
The 293 matched his high score at any major, last
year at the Masters when he tied for 40th.
Woods did not mention any pain in his left elbow,
though he kept that a mystery throughout the week.
He was flexing and shaking his left hand on shots out
of the rough early in the week, saying only that it was
painful. He later revealed that he first hurt it at The
Players Championship last month, which he won. But
he didn t mention the shot or even which round it
Merion remained a mystery for Woods throughout
the week. For the first time since Olympic in 1998---
the year he was rebuilding his swing---he failed to
break par in any of the four rounds at a US Open.
"It played tricky. The rough was up," Woods said.
"They were raking the rough up every morning into
the grain, and the pins were really tough."
Woods plays again in two weeks at the AT&T
National at Congressional, where he is the defending
champion. His next major is the British Open at Muir-
field, where in 2002 he was going for the calendar
Grand Slam until he got caught in a vicious weather
pattern of a cold, sideways rain and shot 81 to fall
from contention. The final major of the year is at Oak
Hill for the PGA Championship, where 10 years ago
Woods never shot better than 72 and wound up at
Monday, June 17, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
ARDMORE---This isn t the kind of
record Tiger Woods had in mind at the
Woods went out-of-bounds on his
second tee shot of the final round at
Merion and closed with a 4-over 74.
That gave him his worst 72-hole score
his high score in any major.
"I did a lot of things right," Woods
said. "Unfortunately, I did a few things
wrong, as well."
Woods finished at 13-over 293.
His previous high score in a US Open
was 290 at The Olympic Club in 1998
and Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Woods
shot 294 at Oakland Hills in 1996 as
Just two days ago, Woods was four
shots out of the lead and very much in
the hunt to end his five-year drought
in the majors. Then, he went 76-74 for
his worst weekend in a major champi-
onship. Just over two weeks ago, the
world s No. 1 player had won three of
his last four events on the PGA Tour
aces 17 in US Open
ARDMORE---Shawn Stefani lost track of the ball as
soon it rocketed off his 4-iron. A roaring US Open
gallery tracked it for him.
"Go! Go! Go! Go!"
It did yesterday when Stefani aced the 17th hole,
making him the first golfer to make a hole-in-one at
any US Open at Merion Golf Club, which is hosting the
major for the fifth time.
"When the crowd went crazy, I knew it went in," he
His shot bounced out of the rough and rolled some
50 feet toward the pin before falling in the cup.
Stefani raised his arms and hopped around the tee in
celebration. Caddie Chris Callas gave him a playful hug
and a slap on the back.
"I didn t know what to do but jump up and down for
joy," Stefani said.
Then he walked down the 229-yard, par-3 hole and
planted a kiss on the sweet spot where it landed.
"We re in Philly. There s some great fans up here and
I know they can be tough on you and they can love you
forever," he said.
USGA Museum officials waited for Stefani near the
scorecard trailer and hoped to acquire the ball. Stefani
"It s hiding right now," he said. "I m going to save it."
But he did pull the ball out of his pocket and showed
it off. He also inquired about getting some sort of com-
memorative plaque from Merion.
The USGA s Far Hills, New Jersey, museum didn t go
home empty-handed---Stefani donated a signed glove
Woods matches worst score in a major
Rory McIlroy, right, of Northern
Ireland, watches his tee shot with
Tiger Woods during the third round of
the US Open golf tournament at
Merion Golf Club, Saturday.
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