Tiger Woods’ season that was once filled with promise is over.
Woods failed to qualify for the Tour Championship after finishing 38th at the BMW Championship, which was won by Justin Thomas on Sunday.
The 43-year-old Woods was a long shot to crack the top 30 going into the final round of the BMW Championship, and he closed with a 72. East Lake last year marked his first victory in five years, capping his return from four back surgeries. The special achievement was replaced some six months later by his Masters victory this spring.
There was hope Woods would build off that stunning Masters win, but it never happened.
“It’s disappointing,” Woods said. “Last year culminated in a pretty special moment for me and would have been nice to go back there.”
Meanwhile, Thomas put himself in position to win the FedEx Cup.
Staked to a six-shot lead, Thomas spent more time Sunday worrying about what could go wrong than ending 12 months without winning.
And right when it started to go wrong, Thomas delivered his biggest shots in the BMW Championship.
In a span of three holes around the turn at Medinah, his six-shot lead shrunk to two. Thomas answered with two clutch wedge shots, two big putts and sailed to a 4-under 68 to secure a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay, who gave him a battle to the end with a 65.
“Patrick played unbelievably, put a lot of heat on me,” Thomas said. “In the end, it could
have been good for me. It kept me focused, kept my head down. … I was really nervous going into today. I remembered that it’s really hard to win a golf tournament, and I’m glad that I was able to do so.”
The timing was ideal.