Woods believes his game showed further signs of improvement, and
after yet another consistent performance and a top-five result - just a
week after finishing runner-up at the Valspar.
Even the toughest cynics
must be starting to realise his comeback is the real deal.
Woods was briefly on contention on Sunday thanks to three front-nine
birdies before McIlroy produced that blistering finish to take it away
Two late bogeys would see him finish well off McIlroy's pace,
but a final-round 69 was more than respectable - as was the fact that
only four golfers in the field finished better off.
"If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year that I would
have had a chance to win two golf tournaments, I would have taken that
in a heartbeat," Woods said.
"Even though I got up there (the leaderboard), I just knew I needed
to keep making birdies. I figured I had to play the last three holes in
3-under to have a chance of probably forcing a play-off.
"I felt pretty good out there. I hit the ball probably a little bit
better than I did last week. The greens were really smooth but really
fast and I thought I really putted well this week."
Reflecting on the out-of-bounds tee shot that led to the first of two
bogeys on the back nine, Woods said he was caught between shots and
made the wrong decision.
"I was caught (between shots)," Woods added. "I didn't decide what I
was going to do. If I hit driver I got to fit it, I've got to cut it in
"In the back of my mind, I said 'why don't you just bomb it over the
top?'. It was like a 315, 320-yard carry. I bailed out and hit a bad
shot and that's on me for not committing."