Unfortunately for Woods, he was doing that while the leaders of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational were just making their way to the back nine, the eight-time champion of the tournament well out of contention.
At the Bridgestone Invitational, he became the 21st player to win a World Golf Championship and a major.
After a 302 yard drive on the 469-yard par-4 sixth, Woods chipped his third shot to 9 feet, which he rolled for two-putt bogey on the hole.
Thomas began the final round with a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Ian Poulter, and his goal was to minimize his mistakes while forcing the other players to catch him.
But back-to-back bogeys from the 13th preceded a double-bogey at the par-5 16th as Day signed for a 73 to share 10th at seven under, while Leishman (73) was a shot back in a tie for 14th.
Kyle Stanley, who also moved to within two strokes of the lead on the closing nine, followed a similar blueprint, dropping shots at Nos.
In the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, on the South course where Woods set a PGA Tour record with eight victories, he tried to end with a bang and turned in a dud.
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"I just need to continue to play well tomorrow because I have a lot of really good players chasing me". He wound up winning the last one. "I just played like crap". "And then I had some putts where, you know, I had some good looks at it to turn it around, build some momentum, I didn't make anything". "I was 1 under standing on the 17th tee and I think if I had to finish 1 under, it would have felt like the worst I could have shot today". Woods did not dispute the fact that before each of the 12 tournaments he played this year before the Bridgestone, he spent some amount of time practicing the week before the event.
Still, this is the first time since the 2015 Wyndham Championship that Woods has started a tournament with two rounds in the 60s, and it is the second-best he has been in any tournament this year through 36 holes; he was tied for second at the Valspar Championship.
"They don't get to come out that often anymore, so this is my first PGA Tour win with him here and it's really special".
"With a three-shot lead, obviously I knew I needed to play well but you kind of have a little bit of wiggle room and you feel like you play maybe a little too conservative".
"I'm going to miss playing here".
Day, the 2015 PGA Championship victor, is similarly confident of sharpening up in time for a bid at an anticipated second major title.