Rory McIlroy went bogey-free on the day, but only made two birdies to finish in fifth.
Woods shot a 65 on Monday, for a cumulative score of 17-under par, three shots behind Keegan Bradley, who beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. It's been a hard road back, and this is just. Just constant feel and understanding of what it is because the game has changed, the body has changed and the body has changed dramatically since I first started.
JUSTIN ROSE admits his "boyhood dream" of becoming world No.1 was tainted by his agonising play-off defeat at the BMW Championship last night. "When you talk about your career those are the three highlights and I now have another string to the bow".
Though he was runner-up at the FedEx Cup playoff event, he didn't come up short in the world ranking. I just wish I could have enjoyed the moment maybe. And that's so huge for a player where I am at this point because then I can play my way back into the top 50.
The pair finished one shot ahead of Americans Xander Schauffele and Billy Horschel.
Woods again had some putting issues, missing three times inside of 15 feet three times.
Both missed the green right with their approaches, facing similar shots, and though Bradley left himself within tap-in range, Rose watched in despair as his short putt for par slid by, leaving Bradley to finish out for a huge win. With this victory, Bradley moves from No. 52 in the rankings to No. 6.
But Rose settled for second-best on the day by making a bogey to Bradley's par on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th. He also would be the No. 2 seed behind Bryson DeChambeau among the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship in two weeks, giving him a clear shot at the $10 million prize.
"Yeah it has been a goal of mine all season to make it to the Tour Championships, so I'm pretty proud to pull it off", Smith said.
As part of a rule put in place last year to help strengthen fields, the tour requires players who are not lifetime members or veterans (think Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh) to play at least one event per year that they have not played in the past four.
"I assume it will either be a fine or I'm adding some in the fall, " Spieth said.
"It was the weirdest couple of days because I knew in the back of my mind if we didn't play, I was in Atlanta". The bigger story for me is that one of the presumed anchors for the U.S. Ryder Cup team just shot 73 on an easy course with something at stake in his final round before the festivities in Paris.