Tiger Woods made a late charge in the final round of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open.
He played solid golf throughout Sunday, finishing the tournament with a five-under 67. That left him at 20 under overall, but it wasn't enough to get him the win.
ESPN's Paul Mahoney provides a statement from Woods discussing the tournament, "I enjoyed it," Woods said of his visit to Turkey. "Just had to be so aggressive all the time and make a lot of birdies. I said 20-plus was going to win. It ended up that way."
There was also a brief glimmer of hope on Saturday for the 14-time major champion as he moved into second place, one shot off the lead. He faded down the stretch in Round 3, however, and those struggles cost him with good scoring conditions at Montgomerie Maxx Royal.
|2013 Turkish Airlines Open Leaderboard|
Woods' Round 4 Scorecard
|Tiger Woods' Day 4 Scorecard|
Woods got his day off to a promising start. Needing to go low to put some pressure on the lead pack, he parred the first two holes and started to make a move with a birdie on the third. It was the third straight day he birdied at No. 3.
He proceeded to take advantage of the par-five fourth, a picturesque hole that provides a good early test, especially for golfers looking to make a Sunday charge. Woods walked away with birdie to keep himself firmly in the mix.
After a par at the fifth, Woods got back on the birdie train at the sixth, and it looked like he was in good enough form to make a serious bid for the top.
His round sputtered out for a while after that birdie, however.
Woods bogeyed the seventh, a hole he was never able to quite figure out throughout the tournament with pars in each of the first three rounds, and then tallied three straight pars.
He failed to capitalize at the par-five 11th, which was a golden opportunity to get his round back trending in the right direction. Instead, he marked another bogey on his card after a three putt, which dropped him six off the pace.
Just when it looked like Woods could be written off, he found his game again.
He sandwiched a birdie between two pars to reach the 15th hole at 17 under par and well off the pace. But he found a groove down the stretch to force his way back into the top five.
Woods rolled in three straight birdies at 15, 16 and 17 to get to five under for the round and 20 under overall. He was still two strokes back of Victor Dubuisson and one behind Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson, though.
He was forced to get aggressive on the final hole in search of an eagle, but his tee shot was off line, and it prevented him from giving it a go. After chipping out, his approach shot came up short, and he had to play from the edge of the green.
Woods almost holed his fourth shot for birdie, but he had to tap in for par, which wasn't enough to complete the comeback bid.
Woods will likely look back on the second half of Saturday's round and the middle portion of Sunday's as missed opportunities. If he plays better through either of those stretches, he could very well be walking away with a title.
Ultimately, he finished four strokes off the pace set by tournament winner Dubuisson.
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