Tiger Woods' legendary reputation as a closer had its foundation in his superb final round performance. But today's final round 75 in Dubai — including four bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th, despite being within two shots of eventual winner Alvaro Quiros as late as the 11th — just adds to a spate of poor final round play by Tiger that has lasted almost two years.
Pro Golf Talk's Ryan Ballengee explains:
In fourteen final rounds around the world since (a 69 at the Masters in 2010), Tiger has averaged 72.14 strokes per round. Taking out Woods’ final round of 65 at the JBWere Masters, where he backdoored into fourth place at the end, his average would balloon to 72.69 shots.
Just two years ago, that average was 68.40. In 2008, when Woods was playing with a busted ACL and a broken leg, his average on the final day was 70.
At his most dominant in 2000, it was 68.42. When he played his worst in 2004, he closed in 70.28 shots. Winning just once in 1998, Woods’ final round scoring average was 69.89.
That's not winning golf for anyone on the PGA Tour, much less a player whose near-invincibility was predicated on final round brilliance. If Woods can't recapture that magic, it's very likely that he'll continue to struggle to win events.