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The Barclays: Tiger Woods Guts Out Final Round, Almost Forces Playoff Despite Bad Back

Tiger Woods The Barclays Final

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Whatever your opinion may be of Tiger Woods, you have to admit that the guy is a freakin’ gamer. He will fight until he it is physically impossible for him to do so any longer. He proved that in the final round of The Barclays. After battling soreness all week long, Woods’ back started to spasm after his approach on the 13th hole.

The pain was so jarring that it literally dropped Tiger to his knees. Most golfers would have called it a day at that point. Not El Tigre. He ended up with a bogey on that hole and another on 15, but then he started fighting back like Hulk Hogan kicking out just before a three count. Woods birdied 16 and 17 to get within one shot of the lead. His birdie putt on 18 was just a few revolutions short of dropping to give him a share of the lead and force a playoff.

When the dust cleared, Woods ended the event at 10 under par and one shot behind champion Adam Scott. For his effort he was awarded 950 FedEx Cup points and a nifty $528,000 check. That should be enough to cover the co-pay for the doctor visit I’m sure he will be making this week.

Woods will almost assuredly sit out this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship to rest the ailing back and will more than likely skip the BMW Championship the following week to make sure he’s ready to roll for the TOUR Championship.

Sunday was just another gutty performance from a man that has made those impressive exploits seem almost commonplace.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.