Injury reaches Tiger Woods in the worst round of the Masters

Woods’ injury was most apparent when he lined up putts. Traditionally referred to as the famous Tiger Low Squat, that effort has morphed into something akin to a standing start in a distance race. Perhaps that helps explain the number of putts, which rose to 36 on Saturday.

“I’m sure his leg hurts,” said Kisner, who shot 75 . “I mean, I’m in pain and I’m healthy. So hopefully he can come back here and play a couple more events with us soon.”

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Woods racked up 21 putts in his first 11 holes, jumping twice from inside three feet while recording a 3-putt and a 4-putt in that span. He finally rolled a putt of note on the par-3 12th hole, his 14-foot putt falling off the right edge for birdie. But that left him 13 strokes behind leader Scottie Scheffler.

He finished his day with three consecutive 3-putts for a total of 19 on the inside nine.

“I putted a thousand putts today on the greens,” Woods said. “I just couldn’t get a clue. … Posture, touch, my right hand, my release, I just couldn’t find it. He was trying different things, trying to find it, trying to get something, practicing strokes and trying to feel the swing and the putter head, trying to get anything, and nothing seemed to work.

“With all the putts I’ve had, you’d think I would have figured it out at some point, but it just didn’t happen.”

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If Woods’s metal clubs had treated him more kindly on Saturday, he could have put a serious burden on one of the quieter crowds at a fully-attended Masters. Woods’ driver, which betrayed him en route to a 74 in the second round, wasn’t just tracking, it vaguely resembled previous bombs from Tiger lore. He was 5-for-5 on fairways and averaged 322 yards with the first five drivers he hit in the front nine, not including the one he caught at No. 8. He was 11-for-14 on the day, a healthy 78.6%. .

It was what happened from the street where Woods failed. His approach after a 323-yard dead center shot at No. 7 not only fell short of 126 yards, it fell short of the bunker that protects the green.

The same thing happened on the 11th. After perfectly placing his tee shot 315 yards down the right side, Woods fell seven yards short on a 209-yard approach. He putted three feet from off the green, and then came back from three feet.

“Take those away and I’ve got two normal putts, maybe even par for the day,” Woods said. “I did what I was supposed to do as far as hitting the ball, but I did the exact opposite on the greens.”

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Tiger Woods hits from a bunker on the second green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Augusta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

Tiger Woods hits from a bunker on the second green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Augusta.  (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

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Tiger Woods hits from a bunker on the second green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Augusta. (Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com)

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

Credit: Curtis Compton / Curtis.Compton@ajc.com

Woods seemed pretty well warmed up when he got to Amen Corner. There he relived some past glories, at least for a moment. He followed up the birdie on the 12th by reaching the 13th in two for an eagle try. He missed, but the tap-in gave him two birdies and put him under par in the back. He even made a spectacular par stop with a pitch-and-putt from behind No. 14.

But that’s where the script parted ways with Old Tiger. He stopped despite a decent drive on the par-5 15th and settled for par. He had another three-putt bogey on 16, then added six more flat-stick shots on 17 and 18, and the final touch resulted in a triple bogey 7.

Everything was very little tiger-like. Except for the applause coming off the 18th green. That was old Tiger.

The sheltered gallery seemed to fully appreciate how their rebuilt hero’s frozen bones and ligaments would feel when faced with some brutal conditions.

“I fight every day,” Woods said. “Every day is a challenge. Each day presents its own different challenges for all of us. I wake up and start the fight again.”

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