Tiger Woods made a vintage Sunday charge at Bay Hill before bogeying two of his final three holes and settling for a final-round 69 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The eight-time API winner was 5 under on the day and just one off the lead when he sniped his tee shot at the par-5 16th out of bounds to the left. He bogeyed both 16 and 17 before making a scrambling par at 18 to finish the week 10 under par, in a tie for fifth.

“I didn’t commit to it,” Woods said of his drive at 16, where he attempted to fly his ball over the fairway bunkers, rather than hitting a cut or laying back. “And that’s on me for not committing.”

Starting five off the lead, Tiger got rolling with with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Tiger is off and running on Sunday.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/7gHFCuuDGr

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which he walked in.

Walking in the par putt at No. 2. pic.twitter.com/zuSGZmVL3z

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

#Fused pic.twitter.com/ljbHxJqCt2

— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) March 18, 2018

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn’t fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke – or two – at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Eagle putt coming up.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/9jziRuLss8

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

Tiger gets it to 9-under.

He's 4 shots back. pic.twitter.com/cAZtM14SlJ

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at the par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

54 of 54 so far this week inside 9 [email protected] has this 6-footer for coming up.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/2iGEVTxT6T

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

Still perfect. four shots back.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/F4cAeqJh4l

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

His momentum was slowed by his first bogey of the day at No. 9, the product of an errant drive and its ensuing complications. As a result, Woods made the turn 2 under on his round, 9 under for the week, and still five off the lead, like when he started the day.

Drive on 9 is approximately 824 yards off-line right. Approximately.

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 18, 2018

Slides by. Bogey. That’s deflating. Turns at -9 and needs to go lights-out coming home to have any chance.

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 18, 2018

But Woods wouldn’t wait long to make up for his mistake, immediately responding with another flagged iron and birdie at No. 10.

Moving on up the [email protected] gets the back nine started off right. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/BLFrJl6voB

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

He continued his assault on Bay Hill’s par-5s at the 12th, getting up and down from the sand for a birdie-4 that moved him to 11 under par, just two off the lead.

Another GREAT bunker shot. Another.

Tiger Woods is just two back. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/7yVr7hHgrA

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

This roll at 13 giving him his third birdie in four holes, and the charge was officially on, as Woods was suddenly just a shot back.

A vintage Sunday [email protected] is 3 under thru four holes on the back nine. #QuickHits pic.twitter.com/0aePOvXVrC

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 18, 2018

Just when it looked like Woods was primed for a late run at his 80th PGA Tour victory, Woods stepped to the tee at the par-5 16th, where he had missed wide right three days in a row, and ripped his drive out of bounds into a backyard miles left.

Uh oh. This is left…

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 18, 2018

Tiger picked the absolute worst time to stop going right on 16. Mercy.

— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) March 18, 2018

He made 4 on his second ball for a bogey-6 and dropped another shot at the par-3 17th, ending his chances.

There were highs, and there were lows. But in the end it’s a 3-under 69 today to finish the week at -10.

Next stop: Augusta.

— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) March 18, 2018

Highlights: Tiger (69) makes charge, collapses

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