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WOODS COMES UNGLUED AT 'POSTAGE STAMP'

TROON, Scotland -- After spending a large portion of his time Sunday at Royal Troon ankle deep in grass or on the green watching his golf ball stay out of the hole, Tiger Woods knew his fourth round wasn't going to be anything like his third round.

He was right. Woods had a course record-tying 64 Saturday but slashed his way to a 74 in the final round to finish at even-par 284.

Woods tied for 24th, his worst finish in a major this year, after his victory at the Masters and a tie for 19th at the U.S. Open.

It wasn't all that bad a week, he said.

"Overall, it was a good experience," Woods said. "To win today, I felt I had to shoot a round like yesterday, but I had to get off to a good start. It didn't happen.

Woods birdied No. 4 and No. 5 and had chances on the next two holes, but he missed an eight-footer at No. 6 and a three-footer at No. 7.

"If I had made those two putts, I might have got it going. I never got any putts at all."

Then there was his experience at No. 8, the 126-yard "Postage Stamp." Woods drove his 9-iron into a bunker and the ball was buried. He blasted out, but the ball rolled right back in. Woods blasted out again and three-putted for a triple-bogey 6.

"I knew I couldn't win then," he said. "But if I had sunk those putts at the 6th and 7th, it might have been a different story."

And it also may have been a different story if Woods had played a couple of holes very much differently -- like the triple-bogey he took on No. 10 in the first round and the quadruple bogey he took on No. 11 in the second round.

"The week wasn't bad, but I had three bad holes, and you can't afford to do that in a major."

Leonard's victory was no surprise to Woods, who won three U.S. Amateur titles (1994, '95, '96) after the 25-year-old Leonard won his in '92.

"Justin is a great player," Woods said. "He's a great putter, and people don't give him enough credit for that."

Tom Lehman stormed away from Troon making uncomplimentary remarks about his third-round 72 at the British Open. After his final round 66 Sunday, he was all smiles despite losing his title.

"The reception coming up 18 was unbelievable," the 38-year-old American said.

"I look forward to the day when I get the reception by winning again," said Lehman, who triumphed at Royal Lytham last year.

"Walking up that fairway when you've got shots in hand and know you are going to win, you can really enjoy it, feel satisfied, and the emotions pour out."

A 24-year-old blonde with her face and body painted in tiger stripes ran onto the 18th green at Royal Troon on Sunday just before British Open titlist Justin Leonard was presented with the trophy.

The woman, wearing only a G-string and a pair of floppy ears, waved to the crowd gathering for the ceremony and spun around several times before she ran off.

Police chased and arrested her and said she might be prosecuted.

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