Woods carded a final round of 70 to finish in a tie for fourth, four shots outside the play-off contested by Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera.
Four shots also happened to be the difference between a likely birdie on the par-five 15th in his second round and the eight he eventually ended up with, his approach hitting the pin and bouncing back into the water and ultimately leading to a two-shot penalty for taking an incorrect drop.
“We could do that ‘what if?’ in every tournament we lose,” the 37-year-old said. “We lose more tournaments than we win out here on tour, so that’s just part of the process and I’ll go back to it.”
Asked if he thought about the penalty today, Woods added: “No, not when I’m playing. Absolutely not. I got to focus on what I need to do, where I need to place the golf ball and shoot the lowest score I possibly could at that moment.
“I thought 65 would win it outright today. I thought that was going to be the number and it looks like it was. If I would have shot my number, it might have been a different story.”