2013 Barclays results: Tiger Woods birdie putt on No. 18 stops short, settles for 2nd

Jeff Gross

The No. 1 player in the world battled back spasms on the back nine, but nearly forced a playoff with birdies on his last three holes at The Barclays.

Tiger Woods almost pulled off one of the great golf comebacks on Sunday at the 2013 Barclays, nearly finishing with three straight birdies to force a playoff with eventual winner Adam Scott. Tiger was near the top of the leaderboard throughout Sunday, but it looked like his contention chances, and perhaps FedExCup hopes, were gone on the 13th when he went to the ground in pain.

Tiger has dealt with back spasms and back problems throughout the week. During Wednesday's pro-am, Woods did not hit tee shots or long irons, instead opting to just chip and putt to rest his back by avoiding full cuts at the ball. The back issues persisted all tournament, however, and then on Sunday at No. 13, Tiger sent one completely off the yard and into the water. He immediately went down on all-fours grimacing:

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The 13th hole is a reachable par-5 for Woods, who should get home in two and then clean up a nice birdie. That would have pulled him even for the lead with Justin Rose, Kevin Chappell, Gary Woodland and Scott. But instead, the yanked second shot sailed into some green muck where he would have to take a drop.

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And that's how an easier birdie hole becomes a bogey.

You would think the bogey and back pain ended Tiger's chances, and perhaps his FedExCup for the next month. But Woods made birdies on the 16th and 17th to get back within a shot of the lead, which stuck at 11-under when all the players around him crumbled and failed to make a move. The back pain was visible during those inward six holes, but there was Tiger just off the green on the 18th hole with a chance to force a playoff.

Tiger said his approach shot into the final hole sailed on him a bit, but he still had a makeable opportunity from the fringe. Woods sent his ball down to the hole and for those intervening few seconds, it looked like we were headed for extra holes with Scott and his old caddie friend Stevie Williams. But the ball was one revolution short, trolling Tiger:

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The ailing Woods tapped in for par and the second-place finish at 10-under. We've seen Tiger win a major on a broken leg and torn knee ligaments, so this near-comeback wasn't exactly groundbreaking for the No. 1 player in the world. But a three-straight birdie finish would have been up there for Woods, who still tops the FedExCup standings as we move on to Boston for the second leg. Here are the full results from the field who made the cut with Tiger at Liberty National:

Place FedExCup Position Player Score
1 2 Adam Scott -11
T2 7 Graham DeLaet -10
T2 5 Justin Rose -10
T2 1 Tiger Woods -10
T2 10 Gary Woodland -10
T6 3 Phil Mickelson -9
T6 15 D.A. Points -9
T6 14 Jim Furyk -9
T9 50 Jason Kokrak -8
T9 46 Matt Every -8
T9 35 Nick Watney -8
T9 23 Rickie Fowler -8
T13 56 Rory Sabbatini -7
T13 27 Bubba Watson -7
T15 45 John Huh -6
T15 52 Daniel Summerhays -6
T15 18 Webb Simpson -6
T15 43 Kevin Chappell -6
T19 38 Brendon de Jonge -5
T19 36 Rory McIlroy -5
T19 9 Jordan Spieth -5
T19 42 David Lynn -5
T19 12 Kevin Streelman -5
T19 4 Matt Kuchar -5
T25 31 Lee Westwood -4
T25 68 Bryce Molder -4
T25 8 Bill Haas -4
T25 16 Jason Day -4
T25 21 Hunter Mahan -4
T25 29 Charl Schwartzel -4
T25 34 Roberto Castro -4
T25 53 Ryan Moore -4
T33 24 Charles Howell III -3
T33 37 Matt Jones -3
T33 11 Keegan Bradley -3
T33 40 Chris Stroud -3
T37 19 Jason Dufner -2
T37 61 Freddie Jacobson -2
T37 93 Greg Chalmers -2
T37 55 Sergio Garcia -2
T41 96 Stuart Appleby -1
T41 54 Luke Donald -1
T43 51 Brian Gay E
T43 94 Erik Compton E
T43 102 George McNeill E
T43 75 Kevin Stadler E
T43 13 Henrik Stenson E
T43 49 Scott Piercy E
T43 101 Aaron Baddeley E
T50 73 Nicholas Thompson 1
T50 66 Kyle Stanley 1
T50 90 Martin Kaymer 1
T50 39 John Merrick 1
T54 78 Martin Flores 2
T54 107 Carl Pettersson 2
T54 30 Jimmy Walker 2
T54 100 Camilo Villegas 2
T58 20 Boo Weekley 3
T58 69 Cameron Tringale 3
T58 86 Bob Estes 3
T58 41 Jonas Blixt 3
T62 79 Scott Brown 4
T62 122 Scott Langley 4
T62 109 John Senden 4
65 104 Geoff Ogilvy 5
T66 108 Jeff Overton 6
T66 60 Ryan Palmer 6
T68 85 Stewart Cink 7
T68 74 K.J. Choi 7
70 65 Charley Hoffman 8
71 76 Marc Leishman 10
T72 63 Martin Laird 11
T72 67 David Hearn 11
T72 72 Josh Teater 11

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