ARDMORE, Pa. -- Tiger Woods was not a contender on Sunday in the final round of the U.S. Open, mostly because of his 6-over 76 on Saturday.
The three-time U.S. Open champion officially finished with a final-round 4-over 74, a round that went off the rails early with a triple-bogey 8 on the par-5 second.
He ended up at 13-over 293.
Woods has won 14 major titles, but none since his victory in the 2008 U.S. Open. He's has four PGA Tour victories this year, and he tied for fourth at the Masters. But he never got it going at Merion Golf Club and again made no progress in his quest to surpass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 wins in majors.
Putting was the main issue throughout for Woods on the tricky, sloping greens at Merion. Merion is short by Open standards (under 7,000 yards), and the USGA put the holes in difficult locations.
"I struggled with the speed, especially right around the hole, putts were breaking a lot more," Woods said. "I gave it a little more break and then it would hang. That's kind of the way it was this week."
Woods ended up with 21 holes of bogey or worse, totaling 20 bogeys and a triple bogey and only 10 birdies.
His next event will be the June 27-30 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. He's the defending champion.
He could add another event, the July 4-7 Greebrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Woods missed the cut at Greenbrier last year.
His next crack at a major comes July 18-21 in the British Open at Muirfield in Scotland.
"There's always a lesson to be learned in every tournament whether you win or lose," Woods said. "I'll look back at the things I did right and the things I did wrong.
"I did a lot of things right. Unfortunately I did a few things wrong, as well."
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