Tiger Woods 2012 Season in Review

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Tiger Woods kicked off his 2012 season at the end of January in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He was paired with Robert Rock in the final round, but Woods shot a 72 to finish tied for third, while Rock won the title.
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Woods and Phil Mickelson were set for an epic duel in the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February, but it was no contest. Mickelson shot 64 to win the title, while Woods struggled to a final-round 75 and tied for 15th place.
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In his third event of the season, Woods lost to Nick Watney, 1 down, in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
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Woods made a final-round charge at the Honda Classic in March, but his 62 wasn't enough to catch Rory McIlroy, who won the event and took over the No. 1 ranking for the first time in his career.
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Woods's season took a turn for the worse at the WGC-Cadillac Championship the next week. He withdrew from the event in the middle of the final round and cited a sore Achilles tendon. It spurred doubters to question whether Woods would ever remain healthy for a long enough period to regularly win on Tour again.
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Woods erased concerns about his health by rolling to a five-shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first title in more than two years.
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Woods entered the Masters as one of the favorites to win the event, but he never contended. His week was punctuated by this kicked club on the 16th hole, and he went on to tie for 40th.
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Woods had a short week at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. He received a free drop when his ball mysteriously disappeared in the crowd on the fifth hole during his second round, but the generous ruling didn't matter. Woods shot 71-73 and missed the cut.
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Woods followed up his MC at Quail Hollow by struggling to a tie for 40th at the Players Championship.
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Woods birdied three of his last four holes, including this improbable chip-in on the 16th, to win the Memorial in June and match tournament host Jack Nicklaus with 73 career PGA Tour victories.
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Woods entered the weekend at the U.S. Open in prime position to end his drought at the majors, but he shot 75-73 during the final two rounds to fade into a tie for 21st.
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Woods fended off Bo Van Pelt in the final group at the AT&T National on July 1 and won by two shots for his third title of the season. With the win, Woods passed Nicklaus with his 74th career PGA Tour title.
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Woods followed up his third win of the season with his second missed cut. He shot 71-69 at the Greenbrier Classic and failed to advance to the weekend.
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Woods entered the weekend at the British Open at Royal Lytham in position to win, but for the second consecutive major, he stumbled. He shot 70-73 and tied for third.
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At the PGA Championship in August, Woods made it three straight majors where his play on Saturday and Sunday failed to match his stellar opening two rounds. Woods shot 74-72 on the weekend at Kiawah Island and tied for 11th. He failed to break par in any weekend round during the season's four major championships.
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Woods and McIlroy (shown here at the BMW Championship) were paired for several rounds during the FedEx Cup playoffs in August and September. Woods rang up three top 10s in the four-event playoff, but no victories, and he finished third in the standings behind McIlroy and winner Brandt Snedeker.
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Woods had a forgettable Ryder Cup. He went 0-3 with longtime partner Steve Stricker, then halved his Sunday singles match to finish the event 0-3-1 as the U.S. lost the Cup to Europe's stunning Sunday rally.
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Woods and McIlroy faced off at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final in early October, and Woods routed McIlroy 64-70 to eliminate him from the event. Woods went on to lose to Justin Rose in the event's championship match.
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Woods and McIlroy met again at the end of October, this time in a one-day exhibition match at Jinsha Lake International Golf Club in Zhengzhou, China. Woods shot 68, but he fell to McIlroy by one shot.
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Woods finished his season at his own event, the World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual, where he tied for fourth and Graeme McDowell won.