Tiger Woods has never looked worse.
As he has done so often on Sunday at Firestone, he doffed his cap as he walked up to the 18th green. Only this time, the world’s No. 1 player wore a look of resignation. He missed yet another putt and finished with a 77 to complete the highest 72-hole score of his career.
And it was the first time since 2003 that he shot over par in every round of a tournament.
Only Henrik Stenson kept Woods from finishing in last place. Woods, who last year made PGA Tour history by winning the Bridgestone Invitational for the seventh time at Firestone, finished at 18-over 298. The seven wins are the most for any player competing in the same tournament on the same course.
The 298 is 39 shots higher than the record score Woods shot 10 years ago.
Phil Mickelson will soon tee off, beginning his round at 5-under par, tied for 10th place, four strokes behind co-leaders Ryan Palmer and Sean O’Hair. If Mickelson finishes in the top four, he will replace Woods as the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer.