Tiger Woods has made such an impression on the World Golf Championships in their 20-year history that it was no surprise to discover all the talk in Mexico City centred around the 14-time major victor. Woods, who hit 16 greens in regulation, was 10 shots behind and in no mood to speak to anyone after the round.
Woods had a 5-iron from the middle of the fairway on the par-5 15th, put it into a bunker, blasted out weakly to 25 feet and four-putted for a double bogey, with the last three putts from just outside 3 feet.
At least at those events, he won't have to putt on the tricky poa annua grass that he's been frustrated with in his three tournament starts this year.
Tiger Woods carded a final-round 69 with three birdies to finish on eight under in joint 10th place.
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The final round started well for McIlroy as he capitalised on an early bogey from Johnson to cut the gap further with a birdie on the second, but dropped shots on the fourth and the sixth cost him momentum and by the time he rediscovered it, Johnson was matching him shot for shot.
"I misjudged the lie a little bit", he said of his second shot.
A sixth birdie in seven holes took McIlroy to 17 under and within four of the lead heading to the last, where he three-putted from the fringe for a closing bogey to increase Johnson's winning margin. He missed from 4 feet at the 12th - and had to make a 4-footer for par, before converting a 5-footer at the 13th for his final birdie.
"I hung in there because I didn't hit the ball as well as I did the first couple of days", McIlroy explained.