Woods' hopes recede on final round

Tiger Woods' hopes of an eighth WGC-Cadillac Championship could be over after he fell eight shots behind leader Patrick Reed on the final day.

The world number one, who has been battling a back injury in the last couple of weeks, was in contention after a superb six-under-par 66 yesterday left him three shots adrift but he fell back from one under to two over overall after a forgettable opening nine holes on Sunday.

Needing a strong start to have any chance of putting pressure on the frontrunners, Woods began with two pars but bogeys at the third and fourth undermined his challenge and another one at the sixth left him needing a miracle.

Fellow American Reed moved onto six under overall after a decent start at Doral's Blue Monster course.

Three birdies and a bogey in his opening four holes took him four shots clear of compatriot Dustin Johnson and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

United States duo Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan are one under overall, while Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and American Jason Dufner are one shot further back.