Woods' once-rare weekend worries becoming regular occurrence this year

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Tiger Woods has carded only five scores under par in the last round of a tournament this year, and three of those led to wins.
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | 12:58 p.m.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Saturday at Bethpage Black brought a first for Woods -- four three-putts in a single round.

Not so unusual this year are his struggles on the weekend.

The year has not been all bad. Woods has won three times, the most of anyone on the PGA Tour. The Barclays, however, was only the latest tournament where he was in range of contention and went the other direction.

Twice this year, Woods was tied for the lead in a major and fell back -- a 148 weekend at Olympic Club in the U.S. Open, followed by a 74-72 weekend at Kiawah Island in the PGA Championship.

He was only three shots out of the lead at Bethpage until his four three-putts led to a 72, and then he really imploded on Sunday. Woods shot a 40 on the back nine, which started with a three-putt double bogey on the 12th hole.

Woods has only five rounds under par in the last round, three of those leading to wins. The others were a 62 at the Honda Classic, where he started the final round nine shots behind, and a 66 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he was 11 shots behind going into the final round.

His final-round scoring average is 70.83. His third-round scoring average is 70.62. Only one other time in his career has Woods averaged over 70 in the third and final round. That was in 2010, the year he returned from his personal turmoil.