September 4, 2007 / 1:48 AM / 12 years ago

Golf-Poor putting costs Woods dear

NORTON, Massachusetts, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Tiger Woods rued a poor putting performance after having to settle for a share of second place behind winner Phil Mickelson at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.

The world number one needed 31 putts in the final round at the TPC Boston on his way to a four-under-par 67 and a 14-under total of 270.

“It was very frustrating,” Woods told reporters after finishing level with fellow Americans Arron Oberholser (69) and Brett Wetterich (70), two strokes behind Mickelson.

“I did not putt well the majority of the week, I just had that stretch there on Friday,” he added, referring to his second-round 64 when he covered the last eight holes in six under par.

“Other than that, I unfortunately did not have the speed right. I had too many three-putts. I think I had four or five three-putts this week.

“That many three-putts and (I’m) still right there, which means I’m hitting the ball well. I just need to clean it up on the greens for next week.”

GREAT START

Defending champion at the TPC Boston, Woods began Monday’s final round three strokes behind overnight leader Wetterich and two adrift of Mickelson.

“All I know is we had to go catch Brett,” said the 13-times major winner, who had been hunting his third consecutive victory.

“Then Phil got off to a great start and we all had to go get Phil. Unfortunately I just didn’t make enough putts to really push him.”

Woods, who birdied three of the last five holes, relished playing for the third day out of four with Mickelson in front of huge, appreciative galleries.

“The people here really support their sport,” the 31-year-old American said. “They have come out, ever since our first year here, and have been fantastic. This is what makes the tournament.

“They tried to make the golf course more of a championship course over the years, and I think they’ve done that. But I think what really makes the tournament is the fans. The fans come out and really drive this event.”

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