Incredible to think that 24 years after turning pro, Tiger Woods is still experiencing things for the first time. Alex Perry explains
The 12th hole at Augusta was where Tiger Woods won the Masters last year. As one by one his rivals for the Green Jacket found the water as they went flag hunting at the infamous par-3, Woods just calmly prodded an 8-iron to the middle of the green and two-putted for par.
Fast forward 19 months and the now 15-time major champion’s experience at Golden Bell couldn’t have been any more different.
This time he went after that traditional Sunday pin – over on the right as you look at it from the tee – and his Bridgestone pitched short and fell back into Rae’s Creek.
From the drop zone he again came up short and again found the water. Another drop and this time he overcooked it and found the bunker at the back of the green.
But the drama wasn’t over there as his first attempt from the sand raced by the flag and into the water.
Another drop, this time in the sand, and he still couldn’t find the putting surface. Two putts from the fringe and, if you haven’t been counting as you go along, it all added up to a 10.
It’s the worst score on a single hole in his professional career.
But how about this for a response? Woods recouped one of the seven dropped shots at the 13th, parred the 14th, then finished with four straight birdies to salvage a 4-over 76.
He’s not human.
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