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Mickelson drubs Woods at Pebble

Tiger Woods struggled mightily with his putter during a final-round 75 at Pebble Beach. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Feb. 9-12, 68-68-67-75 (T-15)
For the first time in 10 years, Tiger Woods was playing on the Monterey Peninsula outside the 2010 U.S. Open. Woods' appearance was viewed as a favor to AT&T and would be his first domestic start of the season. Woods played with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

A Saturday 67 at Pebble Beach got Woods into contention and in the second-to-last group with Phil Mickelson. But it was clear early on that Sunday was not Woods' day. While Mickelson shot a nearly flawless 64, Woods imploded, putting poorly and shooting 75 to finish 9 strokes behind Mickelson for the tournament.

Woods missed five putts inside of 5 feet and needed 31 for the round. He dropped back to a tie for 15th, his worst result since the Frys.com Open.

"As good as I felt on the greens [Saturday] is as bad as I felt today,'' Woods said during the final round. "I could not get comfortable where I could see my lines. I couldn't get the putter to swing. I just could not get comfortable.

"It was frustrating because I was looking to get 2 or 3 under par through six or even seven [holes]. And Phil got off to that start. He was 5 under through six. I figured I probably would have a chance to pick it up through the middle part of the round. Instead, I went the other way.

"I missed a ton of short putts today. I didn't hit it as bad as the score indicated. But I missed everything.''

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.