The Masters finally caught up with Tiger Woods on Sunday.
Tiger, who entered Round 4 with an outside chance at challenging for the championship at 5 under, carded a septuple bogey on the par-3 12th: a 10-shot hole. The defending Masters champion hit the drink three times on 12, dropping him from 3 under to 4 over, tied for 55th among golfers who made the cut. It is reportedly his highest score for any hole in his PGA Tour career.
Let's break down Tiger's miserable attempt on 12, which featured three (!!!) water shots:
Shot 1: Tiger's shot lands on the front fringe of the green and rolls back into the water. The penalty gives him two strokes and he'll need to hole it just for par.
Shot 2: Tiger hits the green this time, but the ball again rolls back into the drink. Tiger is now 1 over for the hole.
Shot 3: He takes no chances with the water this time, overshooting the green and landing in the backside bunker. Tiger is now 2 over.
Shot 4: Tiger tries to land a triple bogey from the sand pit but shanks it into the water. He is now 4 over. The shot in question:
Tiger Woods finds the water for the third time on No. 12.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 15, 2020
He would go on to make a 10. pic.twitter.com/xNAdsu08Bt
Shot 5: Tiger's next shot out of the bunker mercifully lands on the green. He's 5 over.
Shot 6: Tiger's approach misses just left; 6 over.
Shot 7: Finally — finally — Tiger sinks the putt from a foot out for a septuple bogey.
Naturally, Tiger's 10-stroke attempt on 12 elicited a reaction on social media:
Tiger Woods on 12 in 2019 vs. 2020 pic.twitter.com/OeSN8LNivZ— Brandon Gdula (@gdula13) November 15, 2020
Bubba Watson— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) November 15, 2020
2012: won Masters
2013: made 10 on 12th hole on Sunday
2014 won Masters
2019: won Masters
2020: made 10 on 12th hole on Sunday
I have been informed that Tiger Woods' 10 at No. 12 is his highest score on any hole in his PGA Tour career.— Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 15, 2020
Amateur golfers seeing Tiger Woods hit a 10 on a par 3 pic.twitter.com/TGM5uKDxPO— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 15, 2020
"That's part of our sport," Woods told reporters after the round. "This sport is awfully lonely sometimes.
"You have to fight it. No one is going to bring you off the mound or call in a sub. You have to fight through it. That's what makes this game so unique and so difficult mentally. We've all been there, unfortunately. I've been there and you just have to turn around and figure out the next shot, and I was able to do that coming home."
Woods responded with five birdies over his last six holes, leaving him with a 4-over 76 for the round and a 1-under score for the tournament. He finished 19 strokes behind winner Dustin Johnson.
Explaining his error-strewn effort, Woods said: "Well, I committed to the wrong wind. The wind was off the right for the first two guys, and then when I stepped up there, it switched to howling off the left, and the flag on 11 was howling off the left.
"I didn't commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there.
"From there I hit a lot more shots and had a lot more experiences there in Rae's Creek, and then this is unlike any other sport in which you're so alone out there and you have to figure it out and you have to fight and no one is going to pull you off the bump and you just have to figure it out."
Material from Stats Perform News was used in this report.