The Masters: Tiger Woods fights for third round 78 after poor display at Augusta National | Golf News


Woods’ slim hopes of a game-winning comeback and a 16th major title ended with a 78 in the third round; watch the final round of the Masters exclusively live on Sunday on Sky Sports Golf, with bonus streams via the red button from 3 p.m.

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Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods said conditions in his third round were “up there” with the toughest conditions he’s seen at Augusta National

Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods said conditions in his third round were “up there” with the toughest conditions he’s seen at Augusta National

Tiger Woods had a day to forget on the greens of Augusta National as he completed his worst run of his long Masters career.

The world number 973, playing in his first competitive event since the career-threatening car accident last February, was nine behind halfway leader Scottie Scheffler, but quickly fell lower in the standings in the cold and windy.

Woods sat bottom of the putting stats after carding a four-putt and four three-putts in a six-of-78 on Saturday, with the 15-time major champion dropping four strokes on his final three holes to slip to a tie -41st in the 52 players make it to the weekend.

Woods last played in an official world ranking event at the Masters in November 2020

Woods last played in an official world ranking event at the Masters in November 2020

“Today was a challenge with the conditions,” Woods said. “Conditions were tough today. They were tough yesterday at the start, but at least we had a bit of a lull at the end.

“Today it was just windy all day. You add the temperature difference, it was cold at the start. The ball wasn’t going very far. I thought it was difficult. Some of the other guys don’t say maybe not that, but for me, I struggled.

Woods' hopes of winning a sixth Masters evaporated in the fifth with a gruesome four-putt double bogey

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Woods’ hopes of winning a sixth Masters evaporated in the fifth with a gruesome four-putt double bogey

Woods’ hopes of winning a sixth Masters evaporated in the fifth with a gruesome four-putt double bogey

“I felt like I didn’t really hit him that badly, but I had four three-putts and one four-putt. Obviously that affected the score. You take them off and I have two putts normal, I even par for the day. I did what was necessary to hit the ball, but I did the exact opposite on the greens.

Woods bounced back after bogeying the opening hole for the second day in a row to birdie the par five next, the 46-year-old getting up and down from a bunker to save the par on the fourth but then taking four putts – including three six-footers – double-bogey the next par-four.

The former world No. 1 struggled to make back-to-back saves from the sixth but then missed from six feet to save the par in the ninth as Woods failed to convert from a similar distance and dropping another shot in the 11th.

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Woods responded by rolling from 15 feet on the par-3 12 and birdie two-putts on the next par-five, to begin a frustrating finish with straight three-putt bogeys from the 16.

The five-time Masters champion then missed the final green with his approach and threw three putts 50 feet for a closing double bogey, the highest total in 93 Master rounds leaving Woods seven for the tournament.

That from the final round of the 86th Masters live exclusively on Sky Sports. Live coverage of the final round begins on Sunday from 3pm on Sky Sports Golf, with additional streams and bonus action available via the red button.




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