Tiger Woods entered today’s final round in The British Open looking to do something he’s never done — win a major when trailing going into the final round. Woods was in second place and just two shots out of the lead going into today, and his chances looked good.
But this day was not to be for Woods, who began to unravel with a bogey on the par 4 opening hole. He never really played with any confidence or consistency while shooting a three-over-par 74.
Meanwhile Phil Mikelson shot a five-under par 66 in his final round, while hitting one clutch shot after another. He birdied four of the last six holes on the way to his fifth major title—and his first in The Open in his 20th attempt.
With a third round of 72, and today’s 74, it’s now been five years since Woods recorded a round of better than par on a weekend at The Open.
And if you can’t be clutch on a weekend, you won’t give yourself a chance to win a major.
The next opportunity for Woods to win a major—which has eluded him since he won the U.S. Open in 2008—comes at The PGA championship on August 8.