PGA Championship Final Round News & Notes
By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor
Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Four-time champion Tiger Woods has played two PGA Championships at Oak Hill, and he has failed to break par in any of those eight rounds.
Woods carded three birdies on the back nine Sunday to get back to even-par for his round and finish at 4-over 284 for the championship.
As he stated afterwards, Woods had two good majors and two bad ones. He shared fourth at the Masters and sixth at the British Open. At Merion, Woods battled a sore elbow en route to a share of 32nd at the U.S. Open, and fought through a tight back on Sunday to end in a tie for 40th.
"I put four good rounds (together) last week, unfortunately it wasn't this week. Didn't seem to hit it as good and didn't make many putts until the last few holes today," explained Woods. "But I didn't give myself many looks and certainly didn't hit the ball good enough to be in it."
Woods doesn't think the back will be a problem going forward.
"It's been tight all day. Just one of those things," he said.
Now, it's off to the FedExCup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup for the top- ranked player in the world.
TWO GOOD, TWO BAD MAJORS FOR MICKELSON
Phil Mickelson opened and closed the major championship season with poor results, but it was will be his middle two finishes that will be remembered.
Mickelson broke par only once at the Masters en route to a share of 54th. At the PGA Championship, Mickelson failed to break par in any round as he ended in a share of 72nd at 12-over par 292.
At the other two major championships, Mickelson broke par in just three of eight rounds, but those were enough to give him first- and second-place finishes.
Sunday at the PGA was typical Mickelson. He carded four birdies, to go with a bogey, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey for a final-round 72.
"I didn't play very well the last two weeks. I'm not going to worry about it," Mickelson admitted. "I'm going to go home and take a few weeks off, get my short game sharp and start back up in four or five days for the FedExCup. I'm not going to worry too much about it."
Mickelson, a five-time major champion, won't have his season defined by his record sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open. It will be his back-to-back wins at the Scottish and British Opens.
Unless, he does something special in the FedExCup playoffs that is.
* Miguel Angel Jimenez poured in five straight birdies from the 12th to the 16th en route to a 3-under 67. That was the second time this week that Jimenez birdied five in a row, as he also did it in the first round from the second to the sixth. The Spaniard ended at 2-over 282.
* For the week, there were 12 eagles and 1,295 birdies. Both of those totals are greater than the amount of eagles and birdies at the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
* All four major winners -- Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson -- came from behind in the final round.
* With Dufner's come-from-behind win, only four of the last 20 54-hole leaders in the four majors have gone on to win -- McIlroy (2012 PGA), Darren Clarke (2011 British), McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 British).
* The par-4 fifth played as the hardest hole on Sunday as it averaged 4.39 strokes. The par-4 17th had been most difficult the first three days, and was for the week. Players averaged 4.42 strokes for the week on No. 17.
* The par-5 13th was shortened on Sunday, and in turn played as the easiest hole as players averaged 4.64 strokes there. The par-4 fourth turned out to be the simplest for the week as players averaged 4.78 shots on that hole.
08/11 20:48:26 ET