Masters 2022, Tiger Woods score: Sprayed putter leads to career-worst round of 78 at Augusta National

Tiger Woods started the day right in the top 20 of the 2022 Masters Rankings, but while Moving Day is usually a time for golfers to push hard to crack the top 10, Woods looked like be better to seal in bubble wrap before returning to class on Sunday.

Tiger shot a 6 of 78 in round 3, his worst Masters score – as a professional or amateur – of his career. The combination of a troublesome surgically repaired right leg and an inconsistent putter was just too much for Woods to overcome, even with his experience and insight at Augusta National.

It was disappointing but completely understandable considering Tiger was playing his first professional golf event just 14 months after nearly losing his leg in a serious car accident. Still, after Woods made his 22nd straight Masters cut as a professional on Friday, the hope was that he would be in contention in the last 18 holes.

It’s debatable at this point if anyone will be able to catch world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler given his performance in Augusta this week, but while Woods provided some thrills in his effort on Saturday, there were a few too many mistakes and not enough birdies to make him a threat to the leaders.

Tiger had three birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys en route to the 6 over. His pace wasn’t great compared to a course average that was above par for the day, but playing the last three holes 4 over nullified what would have been a more respectable score compared to the course. Instead, its scoreboard ended up being historically bad.

That’s not to say Tiger didn’t provide entertainment for the throngs of patrons who followed his every move. Woods drove the ball well and did a good job with his wedges around the green, but his poor performance with the putter broke his heart on a part of the course where he often had an advantage.

“I was hitting too many putts,” Woods said with a laugh after the round. “It was like putting practice. I hit a thousand putts today. … Honestly, I didn’t really feel like I had hit that badly; I had absolutely no feeling for the greens, and it showed.”

A bogey at No. 1 didn’t cause too much concern given his performance on the hole this week, but then he did a brilliant birdie up and down at No. 2 to get the juices flowing in a positive direction. . It all started with a mammoth 364-yard drive from the tee, then after his second shot landed in the bunker on the green, Woods stepped up with a stunning play from the bunker that left him with an easy birdie putt.

It wasn’t the end of his excellent corner play as he bounced back after missing the green at No. 4 with a 3-foot chip shot. After again missing the green on No. 7, he tossed a high chip just 4 feet to save par.

Unfortunately, there was a disaster between those two superb chip shots as Woods’ round began to unravel with a four-putt at No. 5. After missing a 9-foot putt, Woods moved quickly to hit his 3-foot bogey putt only to see the ball go three-quarters around the hole and out in a horseshoe. The double bogey dropped Woods outside the top 30 in the standings at the time and became “Exhibit A” for putting misfortunes that would follow him through the inning.

Tiger captured some magic, much to the delight of Augusta National patrons, on the back nine. He started the Amen Corner birdie at No. 12, then a tap-in birdie at No. 13 after a long eagle stare.

Unfortunately, the bogey-bogey-par finish of his final three holes has sent Tiger down the standings and onto the tee sheet for Sunday where he will work to make the most of his final 18 holes here at the 2022 Masters.

There’s no doubt that Woods playing at the weekend goes way beyond some of the expectations of his first round of competition since the 2020 Masters, but there’s also a lot of “what if” about his turn on Saturday given a few jabs here and there could have greatly changed the stakes for his Sunday in the traditional Red Tiger.

In terms of goals for Sunday, Tiger already has a score in mind.

“Maybe if I can shoot 66 and get back to where I started,” Woods said with a smile.

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