Tiger Woods makes double bogey on the 12th hole at Muirfield Village.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- To say Tiger Woods has had a roller-coaster third round at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance would be an understatement of massive porportions.
The defending champion started on the back nine Saturday morning and made two double bogeys and one bogey before adding a triple bogey at the 18th hole to turn in 44. It was the highest nine-hole score of Woods' career -- and marked the 21st time he'd shot 40 or higher as a pro.
The consummate grinder, Woods did respond with birdies on his next two holes, though.
The only other time Woods, who has won the Memorial five times, has had three doubles or worse over nine holes was in the final round of the 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational when he shot 43 on the back and finished with a 76. He had one bogey, two double bogeys and a triple bogey that day, as well.
The highest score of Woods' PGA TOUR career is the 81 he shot in a raging storm at the 2002 British Open. He also had an 80 at the 1994 Nestle Invitational at Bay Hill when he was an amateur.
The tone for the day was set early as Woods put his tee shot at the 12th hole into the bunker just in front of the water guarding the par 3. He had to blast out sideways away from the pin, and the ball landed in the fringe, 59 feet away. He then three-putted from the fringe and has now played that hole in 3 over this week.
Woods then hit his second shot at the 15th hole into the trees behind the green at the par 5, which he doubled bogeyed in the second round, as well. He chipped out, chipped on and then three-putted from the fringe. Woods is 5 over on that par 5 in the first three rounds.
After a relatively routine bogey at No. 17, where his chip from the left of the green stopped short in the fringe, Woods spun two balls off the front of the 18th and eventually three-putted from 4 feet on the way to the triple bogey. He is 4 over on that hole this week.
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