AUSTIN, Texas – Tiger Woods was steaming when he left Austin Country Club on Saturday, his pursuit of victory No. 81 on the PGA Tour coming to an abrupt and stunning end when he missed a 4-foot putt on the 85th and last hole he played in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Instead of forcing extra holes in his quarterfinal match against Lucas Bjerregaard, the No. 52-ranked player in the world, Woods headed home to his Florida seaside compound. It was a bitter end to an otherwise solid week for Woods in his last competitive action before the Masters. Twenty-five minutes after he shook Bjerregaard’s hand, Woods had yet to cool down.
No, I’m not,” Woods brusquely said when asked if he’s where he wanted to be heading toward Magnolia Lane. “I wanted to play (Sunday). This is going to sting for a couple of days, and I’ll get back to it after that.”
Woods didn’t say much more before heading to his transport, his competitive fire extinguishing any desire to talk about the state of his game or his confidence heading to the Masters.