Tiger Woods' putter woes knock him further behind in the Masters'
Augusta, Georgia - Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods didn't have a third round worth marveling over, but at least he’ll play in Sunday’s final round of the 2022 Masters tournament.
Woods had defied the odds to make a 22nd consecutive cut in this year's first golf major, in his first top-level start since suffering severe leg injuries in a car accident 14 months ago.
But the chilly conditions on Saturday afternoon at Augusta National were doing the 46-year-old’s injury-ravaged body no favors. The 15-time major winner covering his first 12 holes in four-over-par.
After a perfect drive on the first, Woods hit a mediocre approach and three-putted from long range for a disappointing bogey, but almost holed his greenside bunker shot for an eagle on the par-five second and tapped in for birdie.
He needed a fairway wood to attempt to reach the green on the par-three fourth and tugged his shot left of the green, but produced a superb chip over a bunker to save par.
However, after a poor approach to the next, the 46-year-old proceeded to four-putt from 65 feet for a double-bogey six, a somewhat casual bogey putt catching the left edge of the hole and spinning out.
The athlete also three-putted the ninth and 11th before carding his second birdie of the day on the par-three 12th, the same hole where he took 10 in the final round in November 2020.
Unfortunately for Woods, having a putter as cold as the weather likely ended the faint hopes of Tiger Woods playing his way into contention. But don’t tell Tiger that.
In regard to his upcoming final round on Sunday, Woods proclaimed to ESPN, "Never give up … Always chase after your dreams."
Tiger Woods' final round of the Masters tees off on Sunday at 10:50 AM EDT.
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