Near-Miss Tiger Remaining Upbeat

Tiger Woods is retaining his belief that a 15th major championship is still on the cards despite seeing another chance pass him by at Muirfield on Sunday.

Woods began the final day of the Open Championship two strokes off the lead. However, the challenge that looked so certain at the start of the day never materialised, leaving the American waiting.

It’s five years since Woods tasted victory in a major but he is convinced his game is in the right shape to end that barren run, maybe as early as next month’s USPGA Championship.

After the Open Championship Woods placed blame on his own failure to read the greens correctly. Over the first two days of the championship the greens played fast late in the day but they were slower at the weekend, and Woods conceded that he didn’t take it into consideration. He said: "I had a hard time adjusting to the speeds. They were much slower today, much softer. I don't think I got too many putts to the hole.

"I really had a hard time and left myself a couple of long lag putts early on when it was really blowing, and left them way short and didn't make those putts.

"I didn't really play that poorly. I hit a couple of bad shots at 10, 11, that was about it, and at three. But other than that I really hit the ball well today. I just couldn't ever get the pace of these things."