GREENSBORO, N.C.—During their practice round together before the Wyndham Championship, Tiger Woods pumped local favourite Davis Love III for tips on how to play the course.
Looks like Love saved a few secrets for himself.
Love became the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history with his victory yesterday while Woods’ season came to an abrupt end.
The 51-year-old Love closed with a six-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore.
“Tiger and I were talking on the putting green—one of us needed to get going and win this thing,” Love recalled.
Woods, meanwhile, had trouble getting his final round started.
The dominant storyline all week at Sedgefield Country Club was the mere presence of Woods, who needed a victory to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup playoff-opener this week.
He was poised to challenge yesterday—starting just two strokes off the lead.
But he only had one birdie during his first 10 holes, then dropped way off the pace with a triple-bogey on the par-four 11th.
Woods shot an even-par 70, finished four strokes back, and ended at No. 178 in the standings—well outside the top 125.
“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it,” Woods noted.
“I didn’t get it done.”
Now comes a break before his next tournament, the Frys.com Open in October in northern California. It’s the first event of the tour’s 2015-16 season.
“This is my off-season right now,” Woods said.
Love—who started at No. 186—played himself into The Barclays this week by earning 500 FedEx Cup points and $972,000 in prize money.
At 51 years, four months, and 10 days, Love trails only Sam Snead and Art Wall on the tour’s age list.
Snead won the last of his eight Greensboro titles in 1965 at Sedgefield at 52 years, 10 months, and eight days while Wall captured the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open at 51 years, seven months, and 10 days.
“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50,” Love said.
Love has 21 career victories, including three in Greensboro.
His previous two wins came across town at Forest Oaks Country Club in 1992 and 2006, and he had just one win since then—at the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Florida.
“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible,” Love said.
“For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”
Love finished at 17-under 263.
Gore, the third-round leader, shot a 69 yesterday to finish at minus-16.
Scott Brown (68), Charl Schwartzel (66), and Paul Casey (67) were two strokes behind Love.
Love, four strokes back after three rounds, started strong with four birdies and an eagle on Nos. 2-6.
He moved to 17-under with an eagle on the par-five 15th—the first of his career during a competitive round on that hole.
He closed with three-straight pars, walked off the 18th green with a two-stroke lead over Brown and Gore, and headed to the range to hit a few shots and rest up for a possible playoff.
Brown pulled within one stroke of Love with a birdie on 15 while Gore made things even more interesting with an eagle on that hole.
But neither got any closer.