Still, the crowd of 37,211 didn't seem to mind.
"I didn't get a 'W,' so that was frustrating in that sense,'' said Woods, who finished tied for sixth at 2 under. "But this tournament in general has been a bigger success than anyone could have imagined.''
Woods wore several hats during the week, juggling daily organizational meetings in between rounds while also dealing with the joys of becoming a father, but few golfers had any qualms about an event that was put together in less than five months.
The biggest complaint might be hard to address. The greens at Congressional Country Club have a tendency to get bumpy in the July heat and humidity after many rounds of play. Several possible contenders struggled on the back nine, including Stricker, who watched his putts bobble away from the hole.
"You end up just tapping it down there,'' he said, "and it goes any which way it wants.''
Divots: Under various qualifying rules, Woody Austin, Hunter Mahan and Pat Perez all earned spots in this month's British Open, although Austin said he will not play. "I don't know how to play that type of golf,'' Austin said. "And I would probably go over there and shoot two high numbers and make a fool of myself.'' ... Mahan's 65 was the best round of the day.