New low for Woods
Former World No 1 Tiger Woods slumped to a career-worst round of 85 at the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
It was only in January of this year that he shot his previous worst round, an 82 at the Phoenix Open.
Starting the day on one under after battling to make the cut on Friday, Woods’ 13-over-par round dropped him down to last place in the field – a full eight strokes behind the nearest man.
Bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes and double-bogeys on the eighth and ninth saw the 14-time major winner make the turn already six over par.
Further bogeys came on the 11th, 12th and 14th before his sole birdie of the day arrived at the 15th.
He soon gave that shot back at the 17th, however, and arriving at the 18th already nine over par, Woods added a quadruple-bogey eight to card an 85.
On the last hole, he sent his tee shot into a water hazard, then hit a bunker before making the green in five shots. He then three-putted before making a swift exit, declining to speak to the media.
Woods was 24 shots behind leader David Lingmerth of Sweden who had yet to start his third round.
PGA Tour rookie Zac Blair, who got Woods’ autograph at the 2000 PGA Championship when he was only 10 years old, was Tiger’s playing partner for the day.
Blair’s round of 70 was a full 15 shots better than his childhood hero’s.
“I’ve always wanted to play with him,” Blair said. “As a little kid that was kind of my dream growing up. But it was unfortunate to see him not play great.
“I thought he handled it great. He never got super outwardly emotional. But I don’t think he ever got disrespectful out there. And he was always super courteous to me and friendly. It was nice to see that.”
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