After a 69 on Saturday put him in the final pairing with Tiger Woods, Stephen Ames recognized the uphill battle he’d face in trying to come from behind to win the PGA Championship.
When asked why players seem to fold when playing with Woods on Sunday, he seemed resigned to his fate.
“He has that influence on players,” Ames said. “It’s probably going to happen to me.”
His off-the-cuff prediction proved accurate. After shooting three rounds in the 60s, Ames shot six-over 76 on Sunday and was out of contention by the time he made the turn. He made eight bogeys, including four in a row on the back nine, and only two birdies. His playing partner had a steady mix of birdies and pars, and despite three bogeys Woods went on to win by two shots.
Statistically, Ames had his worst day of the tournament, hitting only nine greens in regulation and taking 32 putts.
It may not be much consolation, but Ames, a native of Trinidad who now lives in Canada, joins a long list of players who have lost their cool while playing with Woods in the final pairing of a major.