Tiger Woods at World Challenge 2012: Day 4 Highlights, Analysis and More

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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At Tiger Woods' tournament, Graeme McDowell did his best impression of the legend, as he put together a safe and nearly flawless Sunday to hold onto his lead and take the tournament by three strokes over Keegan Bradley. 

McDowell fired his second consecutive 68 to finish this tournament with a 17-under 271. 

Check out the full leaderboard here and the top finishers below. 


Final Leaderboard

1. Graeme McDowell -17
2. Keegan Bradley -14
3. Bo Van Pelt -10
T4. Jim Furyk -9
T4. Rickie Fowler -9
T4. Tiger Woods -9
7. Webb Simpson -7
8. Steve Stricker -6
T9. Hunter Mahan -5
T9. Bubba Watson -5


As for Woods, he gave a solid showing as he tried to defend his championship, but he finished in fourth place.

Woods might want to consider stop inviting McDowell. The Irishman now has two victories and a second-place finish here. 

McDowell entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley, and he never looked like he was going to give it up. He shot a one-under 35 on the front and did not have a bogey. 

He was steady and smart. He didn't take unnecessary risks, and when he had opportunities, he went for them. Like this approach on No. 10 that led to an easy birdie. 

McDowell finally did suffer a bogey on No. 13, but by that time he was cruising, and he resumed his solid play to close out the tournament. 

Meanwhile, Bradley did what he could to keep the pressure on McDowell, but he was undone by back-to-back bogeys to close out the front side. 

As is typical of the determined Bradley, that bad stretch did not derail him. He came back and drilled a birdie on No. 10 with his amazing, and soon to be banned, belly-putting style. 

Now, back to the defending champ and tournament host, Woods. He put together a nice tournament, but he didn't have the consistency to get the win, and his Sunday was typical of his tournament. 

For the second straight day, Tiger struggled on the front side. On Sunday, he finished the opening nine with a one-over 37. He picked it up on the back. 

He birdied No. 15 to move to even on the day, and then he hit this beauty on the par-5 16th. 

That led to an eagle for Woods, but he couldn't do anything with the momentum. He played the last two holes at one-over to finish his round with a one-under 71 and finish the tournament at nine under and tied for fourth. 

Tiger was not pleased with his play for the tournament, but he has to be pleased with the tournament itself. There was a nice field and good fan support, which is a wonderful thing since this tournament raises money for Woods' foundation