Nightmare for Woods in Ohio

Tiger Woods created an unwanted record today after carding the worst nine-hole score of his professional career during a nightmare third round at the Memorial Tournament.

Nightmare for Woods in Ohio

Tiger Woods created an unwanted record today after carding the worst nine-hole score of his professional career during a nightmare third round at the Memorial Tournament.

The defending champion took 44 shots on the outward nine and, although he recovered slightly with three birdies in five holes following the turn, two more bogeys followed as he signed for a seven-over-par 79.

That left the world number one eight over for the tournament, and a massive 17 shots behind leader Matt Kuchar, who was nine under after 14 holes of his third round and three shots clear of the rest of the field.

Overnight leader Bill Haas was one of three players in second spot on six under, along with fellow Americans Kevin Chappell and Matt Jones.

Charl Schwartzel, who cut Haas’ three-shot overnight lead back to one when the South African completed his rain-affected second round this morning, had led for a while but dropped back to five under after 15 following a dismal run of three bogeys and a double-bogey in six holes.

World number two Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, was well down the leaderboard having earlier completed his second round with a four-under-par 69 to survive the cut, which was made at three over.

The big news surrounded Woods though as the 14-time major winner had a day he will quickly want to forget.

Starting on the back nine at Muirfield Village in Ohio, Woods carded double-bogeys on the 12th and 15th, a bogey on the 17th and then a treble-bogey seven on the 18th to reach the turn in an incredible eight over par, leaving him nine over for the competition and in last place overall.

He tried to fight back on the inward nine with those three birdies but further dropped shots at the sixth and ninth – his last – left him in the bottom four.

Of some consolation to the reigning champion is that he did at least manage to avoid his highest round of his PGA Tour career, which was the 81 he shot at the 2002 British Open.

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