Tiger Woods misses out at Wyndham Championship
Davis Love becomes the third oldest winner in PGA history after fourth round of 64
The wheels came off Tiger Woods’ Wyndham Championship challenge in the final round at Greenboro
Davis Love shot a superb final-round six-under 64 to become the third oldest winner in PGA Tour history at the Wyndham Championship.
The 51-year-old finished on 17 under par — one shot clear of Jason Gore — to win the event for the third time as Tiger Woods’ challenge fell away after a triple-bogey seven at the 11th hole.
The former world number one also bogeyed the next but recovered with four birdies to card a level-par round of 70 and finished four shots adrift of Love on 13 under.
Love, however, did not make the best of starts as he bogeyed the opening hole but responded to that disappointment in the best possible fashion with birdies at the next three holes.
He then sunk an eagle three at the par-five fifth before following up with yet another birdie.
He dropped his second shot of the day the seventh to turn in 31 and an eagle at the 15th was enough to keep him out in front.
Woods, who failed to qualify for the FedExCup play-offs with his tied for 10th-place finish, made a solid start, turning in a level-par 35 after one bogey and a birdie.
But disaster then struck with that triple bogey at 11th and another dropped shot at the next and, although he turned things around, the damage had already been done.
Overnight leader Gore birdied the fourth before dropped shots at the 13th and 14th appeared to end his bid for victory but an eagle at the 15th gave him hope.
He had a long putt for birdie on the 18th to force a play-off but could not convert the opportunity and Davis held on for victory.
“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50,” Love told pgatour.com.
He trails only Sam Snead, who won his last Greensboro title when aged 52 in 1965, and Art Wall on the PGA Tour’s age list.
“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible,” Love added. “For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”
Woods, meanwhile, had appeared poised to challenge on Sunday morning but ultimately his round of 70 meant he fell well outside of the cut-off point of 125 he needed to reach to qualify for the FedExCup play-offs.
“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it,” Woods said. “I didn’t get it done.
“I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early. I had my chances to get it going. I just never did.”