AUGUSTA, Ga. — Combating surprisingly frigid temperates and an excellent colder putter, Tiger Woods opened his Masters weekend with a six-over 78, placing him properly off the lead with in the future remaining at Augusta Nationwide.
Coming into Saturday, Woods and the remainder of the sector already had their work minimize out for them. Scottie Scheffler opened the day with a five-stroke lead over second place and was 9 forward of Woods. Halfway via his third spherical, Scheffler is hardly letting up. He was two underneath via 14 holes, 10 underneath total and 5 away from the subsequent closest competitor.
Woods, who opened with rounds of 71 and 74, is seven over for the match and tied for forty first. He hit 11 fairways and 11 greens in his third spherical however struggled with 36 putts — and to get his again free as temperatures hovered round 50 levels.
“It’s simply been blustery all day. You add within the temperature distinction, it was chilly beginning out. The ball wasn’t going very far. I believed it was powerful. A number of the different guys might not say that, however for me I had a tricky time,” Woods stated. “I felt like I didn’t actually hit it that unhealthy, however I had 4 three-putts and a four-putt. I imply, it’s identical to I hit a thousand putts on the market on the greens immediately.
“I did what I wanted to do ball striking-wise, however I did completely the precise reverse on the greens.”
He three-putted the first gap for bogey and birdied the par-5 2nd. Woods nonetheless appeared like he had an opportunity to make a run on the entrance web page of the leaderboard if he obtained sizzling, however a four-putt double bogey on the fifth derailed him early. He discovered the inexperienced in two however confronted 65 toes for his birdie attempt on one of the crucial troublesome greens on the course. He left himself six toes for par however burned the left edge and lipped-out the comebacker.
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The five-time Masters winner added bogeys on 9 and 11 when he three-putted from off the inexperienced each instances, though these aren’t technically tallied as three-putts.
Birdies on 12 and 13 have been adopted by three-putt bogeys on 16 (from 50 toes) and 17 (from 65 toes).
“I simply couldn’t get a really feel for getting snug with the ball. Posture, really feel, my proper hand, my launch, I simply couldn’t discover it,” Woods stated. “Attempting various things, looking for it, making an attempt to get one thing, taking apply strokes and simply making an attempt to really feel the swing and the putter head, making an attempt to get something, and nothing appeared to work.”
On 18, Woods completed with a messy 6. He hit the green however blasted his method into the gallery from 184 yards out. After chipping on, he three-putted — lipping out as soon as once more on his bogey attempt — for a double-bogey end.
Woods will possible have a tee time round midday ET on Sunday, placing a bow on his first aggressive match for the reason that 2020 Masters and simply 14 months faraway from a near-fatal automotive accident.
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