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Tiger Woods posts highest score of PGA Tour career after putting 3 balls in water on 12th hole at Masters

Tiger Woods, Masters

This is not the type of record Tiger Woods has been accustomed to setting over his prolific career, especially at the Masters.

Woods closed out his defense of his 2019 Masters victory with one of the stranger back-nines of his long career, including the most disastrous single hole of his 23 appearances at Augusta National followed by a stellar run of birdies.

On the par-3 12th in Amen Corner, Woods went into the drink — not one, not two, but three times(!) before eventually putting out, earning a score of 10 for the hole. Not surprisingly, it marked the highest single-hole score of Woods’ life.

Woods’ previous high score at Augusta was an 8, which he has done twice: on the par-5 eighth in 1999 and the 15th hole in 2013.

The hole was a rough experience all-around. Not only was Woods spraying the ball all around the course and into the water, but he looked extremely ginger climbing out of a bunker after an awkward-looking wedge shot (that went into Rae’s Creek). Woods admitted his body took a beating after a grueling 25-hole Saturday that began early in the morning.

However, Woods miraculously found a way to bounce back from the nightmarish 12th and put together a run of birdies to close out his 2020 Masters. Woods birdied 13, 15, 16, 17, and nailed a 16-footer on 18 to go 5-under on his final six holes to finish at four-over for the final round and 1-under par for the tournament.

Overall, this final score was not what Woods (and bettors) had in mind after he shot a sparkling, bogey-free 68 on Thursday. Hopefully, his wonderful finish to the round will put him in better spirits as he looks ahead to the 2021 Masters, which is just five months away.