SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Maybe it’s the power of positive thinking, or perhaps it was just delusions of grandeur.
Despite the incredible tumult in his life since last November, Tiger Woods thought he had a chance at winning one of the major championships in 2010.
“I thought I could,” Woods said Sunday. “I thought I could, certainly -- just got to play well at the right time. Just four days. I just got to put it together for four days and I never did that.”
He never came close, really.
Finishing off his second consecutive season without a Grand Slam title, Woods finished with a 1-over 73 and was T27 as the leaders finished the final round the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
After finishing fourth and having an outside chance at the first two majors of the year, Woods was a non-factor at the last two, adding to his season of angst.
“Disappointed, certainly,” he said. “In order for it to be a great year you have to win a major championship. I won six times last year and it was a good year, yeah, but it wasn't a great year.”
Barring a massive rally in his few remaining starts, this represents his worst season, by any personal or professional yardstick.
Sunday’s effort marked his 11th consecutive round without breaking par as Woods limped into the so-called FedEx Cup playoff series in a projected 108th place in points. Unless that position improves, Woods will only be eligible for the first of four FedEx events, The Barclays, two weeks down the road in New Jersey.
Just as uncertain is his status for the Ryder Cup team, since he failed to clinch one of the eight automatic berths that were cemented Sunday night. Woods must now rely on one of four captain’s picks to be issued in three weeks by Corey Pavin.
At least after last week’s career-worst debacle at the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods felt like he might be able to contribute if picked.
“I think I got a chance of maybe helping out in singles,” cracked Woods, who is 3-1-1 in that portion of the competition in his five Ryder trips. “Save me to singles. I mean, no, I feel like my game is a lot better than it was obviously last week, and given a little bit more time it's starting to head in the right direction now, which is good. And I'm looking forward to it -- hopefully Corey will pick me on the team.”
Given his FedEx Cup status, he might have one chance to make an impression at The Barclays. Woods said he was heading home for a week of practice, which might include more work with his newest ally, swing coach Sean Foley.
While the pair don’t have a formal client-pupil relationship yet, Woods said he was intrigued what he has seen from the Canadian, who also coached Sean O’Hair, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and a couple of other tour veterans.
There’s one huge benefit for Woods, whose personal life is in serious transition: Foley is based in Winter Garden, Fla., just a few minutes from the back gate at Woods’ home outside Orlando.
“I asked him to take a look at my swing this week and give me some ideas of what he sees,” Woods said. “I like some of his, some of the things he had to say about my golf swing and where I needed to go. I like the direction because I was able to hit the shots that I used to be able to hit feel-wise.
“So when you get that kind of contact again it's good. As far as working down the road, I'm sure I'm going to see him a little bit more.
“I still want to pick his brain a little bit more. I don't really have all of his whole concept yet. But I would like to get to know him a little bit more before I fully get into it.”