DUBLIN, Ohio – With his 85th swipe of the day, Tiger Woods reached rock bottom.
Woods shot a 13-over 85 in the third round of the Memorial, his highest score ever on the PGA Tour. He butchered the closing hole with a quadruple-bogey 8 to add salt to an already open wound. It left fans gathered around the green stunned by what they witnessed, and left Woods limping – at least figuratively – toward the exit.
Woods had used a hot putter to compensate for errant tee shots through the first two rounds, making the cut on the number, but every facet of his game malfunctioned Saturday at Muirfield Village. He declined to speak with the media after his round.
The final stats from a gruesome crime scene: seven fairways, nine greens in regulation, four balls in the water, three missed putts from inside 5 feet and plenty of head-scratching.
“He’s just kind of working through some things,” said rookie Zac Blair, who played alongside Woods and beat him by 15 shots. “Obviously it takes some time to work through some swing changes and stuff like that.”
This marks the second time this year that Woods has set a career-worst scoring mark, having bowed out of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a second-round 82. A week after that round Woods took a break from competition in order to get his game “tournament-ready.” The timing of this latest setback is even less ideal, with only one competitive round standing between him and the U.S. Open.
Woods was 2 over after seven holes before back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 to turn in 6-over 42. He added three more bogeys before tallying his lone birdie of the day on No. 15, but closed bogey-quad after finding the water on each of the final two holes.
The talk all week of progress, patterns and added reps? It all went down the drain over the course of four hours. With an odd number of players making the cut, Woods will play by himself in the first group out on Sunday – an isolated journey, one last attempt to salvage some of the broken pieces from his latest debacle.