Tiger Woods found himself with a 10 on his card but he finished off the 2020 Masters like a champion.
Tiger Woods wasn’t going to go back-to-back at the 2020 Masters Tournament, but he wasn’t playing poorly either.
Arriving at Amen Corner during the final round, Woods was at 3-under for the tournament and eyeing off a top-20 finish.
But drama unfolded as it so often does, at the famous par-3 12th hole.
It was here where Woods saw his nearest competitors fall on his way to winning the green jacket in 2019, but this year it was his turn for failure.
Woods hit 8-iron from 155-yards only to see it come up short of the green and trickle back into Rae’s Creek.
“I committed to the wrong wind. When I stepped out there it switched to howling off the left,” he said.
“I didn’t commit to the wind and also got ahead of it and pushed it too … and that just started the problem.
“From there, I hit a lot more shots and had a lot more experiences there in Rae’s Creek.”
The third of those “lot more shots” hit the green after his penalty drop but it too rolled back into the water.
Woods’ fifth shot overshot the green and found an awkward lie in the back bunker which he bladed back into the water.
An eighth shot to the back of three green and two putts saw the 18-time major champion walk off with a septuple bogey 10 on his card. The first time Woods has made double figures on one hole in his professional career.
Remarkably it’s not the worst ever score posted on the 12th hole at the Masters. That record belongs to Tom Weiskopf who carded a 13 in 1980.
In a sign of Woods’ sheer professionalism, it wasn’t to deter him from trying to post a decent score.
In fact, Woods went on a tear making five birdies in his closing six holes to card a remarkable 4-over par 76.
One better than his worst ever round at Augusta National, a 77 that Woods shot in 1997 when he was just 19-years-old.
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