The 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational final round saw Tiger Woods shooting a 3-under 69, which could have been better. Woods was having the round of the day, playing the first 15 holes in 5 under with six birdies. However, his tee shot went out of bounds on No. 16, which put an end to his final attempt at win No. 9 in the said event.
“I was caught. I didn’t decide what I was going to do,” Woods said. “If I hit driver I got to fit it, I got to cut it in there. And I was, in the back of my mind, I said, ‘Why don’t you just bomb it over the top?’ And it was like a 315, 320 carry. And I bailed out and hit a bad shot and that’s on me for not committing.”
Woods finished with a 10-under 278, falling eighth behind Rory McIlroy. This is the first time he made it to the top five in consecutive starts since the Masters and Players Championship in 2013.
Woods’ finish was still somewhat disappointing despite showing in the top five since everyone thought that he was going to be able to do the impossible. The day started with champions Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Rose ahead of him. However, Woods made it seem as if he was going to turn things around. And it actually might have been possible if it weren’t for the tee shot on No. 16 that went out of bounds.
“If you would have given me this opportunity in December and January I would have taken it in a heartbeat,” Woods talked about his last month’s play. “Everything was an unknown. I didn’t know what I was going to feel like, what I was going to do, what swing I was going to make. Especially Torrey Pines — was the rough going to be the same pain I was going to feel like I felt last year? I don’t know. But coming through that I’ve gotten a little better, a little bit sharper and I worked my way up there into the leaderboard back-to-back weeks and had a chance, which is nice.”