Muirfield mauls Tiger Wood

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Former world No.


1 Tiger Woods has been mauled by Muirfield Village, shooting a 13-over 85, his worst score as a professional, to fall to dead last early in the third round of the Memorial Tournament.

A day after Woods made a clutch-par putt to make the cut on the number, the five-time event and 14-time major champion struggled royally, making just one birdie while carding six bogeys, two double bogeys and a quadruple bogey.

He now sits 71st at 12-over par, 24 shots off second-round leader David Lingmerth, who is still to start his third round.

For Woods it was three shots poorer than his previous worst, an 82 he shot earlier this year at the Phoenix Open, and is just the third time in his professional career he has failed to break 80 after an 81 in the 2002 British Open.

Having already sunk to 172nd in the world rankings, Woods found water hazards four times in his round.

After three opening pars on Saturday, Woods’ woes began with back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes.

A four-foot par miss on the fourth was followed by a three putt from 28 feet on the next for another bogey.

The par-three eighth took him from bunker to bunker en route to a double bogey, the same score he took on nine after dumping his approach in the water.

Another trip to the Muirfield Village creeks on the 11th led to a bogey and a missed green on the par-three 12th pushed him to eight over.

His fifth bogey of the day came on the 14th hole when he failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker before he managed his lone birdie on the par-five 15th.

Just when it appeared he might have a chance to break 80 his approach on the 17th caught a tree and dropped into the drink, resulting in another bogey before an absolute disaster struck on the last.

Taking three-wood off the tee, Woods pulled his shot into a creek and after a drop could only muscle his ball short of the green.

He caught his chip shot heavy and watched his ball roll back down a steep slope back off the green and then chunked his next attempt into a bunker.

Unable to get up and down from the sand he was forced to take an eight, ensuring his worst-ever score.

As was the case over the opening two rounds, Woods struggled to find the fairways, getting just seven of 14, leaving him with 16 of 42 over three rounds.

He declined to talk to the media after the round.