Tiger finishes with 66 but faces American PGA qualifiers

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New York (AFP)

Tiger Woods shot his lowest round of the year, a five-under par 66, in the Northern Trust’s final round on Sunday, but has some work to do to reach the season-ending Tour Championship.

The defending Masters champion started with four straight birdies at TPC Boston and parried the last nine on his way to complete 72 holes with six under 278 in Game 1 of the American PGA Playoffs.

Woods was outside the top 50 with the leaders still waiting to start as he finished the round and looked to the BMW Championship next week.

The 15-time major winner was projected to be 56th on the FedEx Cup season’s points list with 70 for next week but just 30 to move from the BMW to next month’s season finale at East Lake in Atlanta.

Woods hadn’t shot a 66 since the second round of his Hero World Challenge invite last December.

The 44-year-old American hadn’t fallen for 64 consecutive years to start last November’s Zozo Championship in Japan, which he won for his 82nd career PGA American title to tie the all-time record by Sam Snead.

Woods, ranked 16th, had three tap-in birdies on the first four holes and landed a 45-foot monster bird putt in the third par 3. He sank a nine-foot-high par in the fifth, then shot. jumped out of a bunker on the greenside and sank a five-foot bird putt at the seventh par-5.

Woods’ lone bogey arrived at par 3 eighth after missing the green, but he responded with a birdie at the ninth by three feet. He didn’t have a normal putt beyond six feet on the back nine.

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