Published: Nov 13, 2011 3:50 AM EST
Updated: Nov 13, 2011 7:30 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) - Tiger Woods finished off his best performance of the year. He had to wait after closing with a 5-under 67 to see if it would be enough Sunday at the Australian Open.

Right when it looked as if one bad shot would take him out of the tournament, Woods chipped in for eagle on the 14th hole and pulled within one shot of the lead. He missed a 12-foot eagle putt on the 17th that would have tied for the lead, and walked off The Lakes trailing Greg Chalmers by two shots.

Woods finished at 11-under 277 and was headed for his best finish of the year. He was assured of being the low American in the Australian Open, which should at least help quiet critics of Fred Couples picking him for the Presidents Cup next week at Royal Melbourne.