Any chance of a Tiger comeback quickly dashed 

click to enlarge Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the seventh green during the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open. - DANNY MOLOSHOK/REUTERS
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  • Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the seventh green during the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open.

Tiger Woods began Sunday’s final round of the U.S. Open five shots behind the leaders, but he still felt he had a chance to make a run at his fourth Open title.

After playing the first three holes 4-over-par Sunday, any chance of an epic Woods comeback disappeared with the fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean. Woods played well after his start, finishing the final 12 holes in 3-under, but it was far too little, too late as he turned in a 73 to finish in a tie for 21st place.

“I felt great on the greens, had the perfect speed all day and unfortunately just got off to such an awful start,” said Woods, who after missing last year’s tournament had his worst U.S. Open finish since missing the cut in 2006. “And I tried coming in, but I was too far out.”

Woods’ finish is a far cry from where he was after 36 holes, sharing the overall lead. Woods’ round of 75 Saturday began the downward spiral as his record when leading or owning a share of the lead at a major after 36 holes falls to 8-2.

Woods hasn’t won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 has stalled at 14.

“Finished close in major championships before, so I had a chance this week and I’ll get after it in another week in D.C.,” Woods said, referring to the AT&T National.

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