More than a matter of taste

A worker moves frozen seafood last week inside the cold storage warehouse at the Pacific American Fish Co. Inc. in Vernon, Calif.

AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods has never looked worse.

As he has done so often on Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods doffed his cap as he walked up toward the 18th green to warm applause from fans who occupied every seat in the grandstand.

Only there was no trophy waiting for him. This sounded more like a sympathy cheer.

The world's No. 1 player looked utterly beaten, and he was.

"Shooting 18-over par is not fun," Woods said. "I don't see how it can be fun shooting 18 over."

He missed one last birdie putt to close with a 77. That gave Woods the highest 72-hole score -- 298 -- of any PGA Tour event he ever played, even as an amateur. It was the first time he shot over par in all four rounds since the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

This from a guy who had never finished worse than fourth at Firestone in 11 previous events, who had not shot over par on the South Course since 2006, who last year made PGA Tour history by winning for the seventh time on the same course.