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2024 Masters: Tiger Woods' third-round recap after setting cuts-made record

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    Written by Staff @PGATOUR

    Tiger Woods completed 18 holes Saturday at the Masters, but it wasn't the outcome he wanted.

    Woods signed for 10-over 82 in the third round at Augusta National Golf Club, falling out of contention for his sixth green jacket at 11 over for the tournament. Woods, 48, entered the third round on the precipice of contention, seven strokes off the lead, after setting the all-time record with his 24th consecutive made cut at Augusta National. His start to Saturday's third round was encouraging, rebounding from a bogey at the par-3 fourth with the day's first birdie at the staunch par-4 fifth, but he fell victim to Nos. 6-9, which he played a combined 6 over, en route to nine-hole scores of 42-40 and a subsequent tumble down the leaderboard.

    "I didn't have a very good warmup session, and I kept it going all day today," Woods said afterward. "Just hit the ball in all the places that I know I shouldn't hit it. And I missed a lot of putts. Easy, makable putts. I missed a lot of them.

    "I wouldn't say necessarily (a lack of) mental reps. It's just that I haven't competed and played much. When I had chances to get it flipped around and when I made that putt at 5, I promptly three-putted 6 and flub a chip at 7 and just got it going the wrong way, and when I had opportunities to flip it, I didn't."

    Woods opened in rounds of 73-72, navigating breezy and increasing firm conditions with a series of crafty par saves, to enter the weekend in a tie for 22nd place, allowing one to dream of a weekend charge up the leaderboard. But his body caught up to him on Saturday afternoon, as could be expected after myriad surgeries in recent years. Nonetheless he cherished the walk around Augusta National, as did the appreciative patrons.

    He planned to be back Sunday, he said afterward.

    "My team will get me ready," he said. "It will be a long night and a long warmup session, but we'll be ready."

    Read below for hole-by-hole updates from Woods' third round at Augusta National. Here's how to watch the third round of the Masters.

    Hole 18 (par 4, 465 yards): Looking for a bright spot on a mostly disappointing afternoon, Woods plays a vintage tight cut up the 18th's narrow chute that leaves a gettable approach angle from 171 yards. He plays a solid iron shot up the hill but the ball doesn't quite reach the green's back level on which the hole is situated, leaving a 42-foot look for a closing birdie. He lags to tap-in range, makes his par and salutes the appreciative patrons.

    It's not the best day for Woods, who will sign for 10-over 82, but he completed the walk despite clear physical pain at times. And the history he authored with a 24th straight made cut at Augusta National will endure.

    Woods cards 10-over 82, stands 11-over for tournament

    Hole 17 (par 4, 440 yards): It's a fourth straight bogey for Woods, as his tee shot misses the fairway in the left trees, forcing a second shot to the fairway cut right of the green. He plays a nifty third shot to 6 feet short of the hole, but his par putt burns the right edge. He taps in for bogey.

    After a spirited second-round 72 in grueling conditions to make the cut with ease, perhaps the adrenaline is wearing off for the 48-year-old. He'll head to the home hole looking for a silver lining to the afternoon. Nonetheless there are far worse things in this world than a Saturday stroll around Augusta National.

    Woods 10-over through 17, 11-over overall

    Hole 16 (par 3, 159 yards): The five-time Masters winner selects 8-iron on the par 3 that has framed so many memorable Woods moments through the years. He safely finds the green's left side, but the ball catches the slope bisecting the putting surface and continues to drift away from the hole, leaving a difficult two-putt proposition from 55 feet. He's unable to do so, as his birdie putt races 15 feet past and he can't convert the comebacker. It's his fourth bogey in five holes.

    Woods 9-over through 16, 10-over overall

    Hole 15 (par 5, 550 yards): The struggles continue to mount for Woods, who plays a soft fade off the tee that misses the fairway to the right and lays up safely just short of the water's edge, leaving a 47-yard cross-pond pitch, but can't hold his third shot on the green. From 12 yards past the flag, his fourth shot fails to reach the putting surface, holding up in the fringe roughly 15 feet short of the hole. He takes two to get down from there, his third bogey in four holes. Woods is now fighting just to break 80.

    Woods 8-over through 15, 9-over overall

    Hole 14 (par 4, 440 yards): Woods pushes driver into the right pine straw, continuing to find difficulty in controlling the ball off the tee. It leaves a 125-yard approach to a slick green with abundant tree trouble. As a result, he plays a nifty low punch that barely gets off the ground but scampers up near the green before rolling off the right fringe and into a collection area.

    Woods opens the face for his third and plays a high, soft pitch that lands near the hole and releases to 15 feet; from a spot well below the green, it's not a bad result. He two-putts for a bogey that was set up by an off-line tee shot.

    Woods 7-over through 14, 8-over overall

    Hole 13 (par 5, 545 yards): Woods misses the fairway into the grove of trees right on the iconic dogleg-left par 5, requiring a layup to roughly 60 yards. It's a tricky third shot to a green that seemingly swirls with contours, but the five-time Masters winner plays a sublime third shot that checks up nicely to leave a 10-foot birdie attempt.

    It's a sidewinder, slippery right-to-left bender, and Woods buries it with perfect pace. A crafty birdie at Amen Corner's final leg. Despite the day's struggles, Woods is fighting hard to the finish, and he nods with a smile to the appreciative patrons.

    Woods 6-over through 13, 7-over overall

    Hole 12 (par 3, 146 yards): After a warm embrace from the patrons gathered by the 12th tee box, Woods tugs a short iron just left of the green, a safe shot to the front-left hole location but one that perhaps leaves something to be desired. He plays a bump-and-run second shot that barely gets off the ground and scampers to 6 feet before settling, leaving a knee-knocker for par, as was the case on the front nine's two par 3s.

    He makes a tentative stroke on the par putt, and it misses on the hole's right side. He taps in for bogey, his third straight par-3 bogey in the third round.

    Woods 7-over through 12; 8-over overall

    Hole 11 (par 4, 520 yards): Woods begins Amen Corner with a high fade that hugs the right rough line but bounces into the fairway, still leaving a lengthy second shot where he'll have to respect the dense tree line. He plays a scissor fade from 216 yards that lands just off the green's front-right edge and suffers a brutal kick to well right of the green, leaving a devilish 24-yard third shot.

    Woods plays a beautiful pitch to 5 feet and drips in his par. One of golf's enduring truths: never underestimate the short game of Tiger Woods.

    Woods 6-over through 11, 7-over overall

    Hole 10 (par 4, 495 yards): After speculation on the Featured Groups stream regarding whether he would continue at the turn, Woods does just that, and he stripes a fairway metal to the right side of the fairway. He anxiously looks on as the ball bounces through the turf, clearly still very much engaged in the round despite a brutal four-hole stretch to end the first nine. "He's using a lot of upper body there," observed Colt Knost on the Featured Groups stream, regarding Woods' tee shot.

    The grit never leaves Woods, and he stripes a mid-iron from 202 yards to hole-high, just right of the flag, leaving a solid 12-foot birdie look on the day's toughest-scoring hole. The slippery downhiller misses on the right side, running out some 3 feet. He takes his time on the comebacker and sinks it for par, ending the skid of over-par holes.

    Woods 6-over through 10, 7-over overall

    Hole 9 (par 4, 460 yards): The struggle continues for Woods physically; he winces after striking his tee shot on the front nine's final hole, as the ball fades into the tree line right of the fairway. "He's having trouble getting through the ball," remarked Colt Knost on the Featured Groups telecast.

    Woods is nearly stymied behind a tree, 148 yards from the hole, and tries to play a big slice toward the green, but it doesn't cut enough and catches a left greenside bunker. He splashes to 9 feet and the par putt narrowly misses on the right side; he taps in for bogey and his fourth consecutive hole played over par. He turns in 6-over 42, a disappointing start to his Masters Saturday, after the day began with such promise and a series of positive swings. His body is clearly ailing him.

    It's the highest score on any nine of Woods' Masters career, coming in his 99th career round at Augusta National.

    Woods 6-over through 9, 7-over overall

    Hole 8 (par 5, 570 yards): Woods is starting to show signs of discomfort, walking with a slight limp as he navigates the lengthy eighth. In corresponding fashion, he's struggling to control the golf ball as well.

    Woods takes driver off the tee and attempts a soft fade but double-crosses it, the ball sailing into trees well left of the fairway amidst a helicopter-like follow through. "Just a dead pull ... the lower body just didn't get out of the way," Colt Knost remarked on the Featured Groups coverage. He plays his second shot back into the fairway and misses his 244-yard third shot to the right of the green, then plays an average pitch shot to 25 feet below the hole. His par putt misses on the left side, running 4 feet past the hole, and his bogey putt misses as well.

    It's a second straight double bogey for Woods, whose chances at a sixth green jacket are fast dwindling. It's his first career double bogey at Augusta National's eighth hole.

    Woods 5-over through 8, 6-over overall

    Hole 7 (par 4, 450 yards): Woods takes fairway metal on the tight par 4 and plays a fade that over-cuts just slightly, bounding through the fairway and into the rough on the right side. He's forced to play short of the green from 166 yards, leaving a short-sided 44-yard third shot; he is visibly frustrated as he walks up the fairway to his third, knowing the difficulty of the shot ahead.

    Woods attempts a high flop shot but catches it heavy; the ball lands in the front greenside bunker, on a downslope. He plays his fourth to 18 feet past the hole, and he two-putts for his first double bogey of the 88th Masters.

    A big number at an inopportune time, as Woods cards his third over-par score in four holes. He's now 10 strokes off the lead and T33 for the week.

    Woods 3-over through 7, 4-over overall

    Hole 6 (par 3, 180 yards): Woods selects 7-iron and waits a beat for the wind to die down before an aggressive swing toward the hole location tucked on the green's back-left side; the ball lands some 15 feet right of the hole and releases to the back fringe, leaving a 25-foot birdie try.

    Woods respects the pace on his birdie try, perhaps more so than required, as the ball settles 5 feet short of the hole. It's the second straight par 3 where Woods faces a tester to save par. For the second straight par 3, he can't convert, as he pushes the putt right of the hole. He makes bogey to fall over-par on the day once again.

    Woods 1-over through 6, 2-over overall

    Hole 5 (par 4, 495 yards): Woods plays a high fade off the tee on the brutally difficult par 4, leaving a 196-yard approach but well positioned to attack the green from the fairway's right side. "He didn't like his tee shot, but he hit it 319 yards," Colt Knost quipped.

    Woods flushes his mid-iron approach, one of the day's best shots, leaving a makeable birdie try from 19 feet (on a hole yet to yield a birdie Saturday). On a serpentine-like multi-tiered green, Woods places the ball on the proper tier.

    It's a left-to-right dripper, and he drains it with perfect pace, the day's first birdie at the staunch fifth. He raises a hand to the patrons and returns to even-par on the round. He's back within seven strokes of the lead, and he's tied for 19th on the leaderboard.

    Woods even-par thru 5, 1-over overall

    Hole 4 (par 3, 240 yards): Woods selects 4-iron on the staunch par 3 and launches it high into the air, the ball landing soft on the front fringe to leave an 39-foot birdie try, not bad on a hole that has yielded just one birdie (Will Zalatoris) so far today.

    He starts the putt on a line right of the hole and hits it through the break, the ball racing a good bit past the hole, leaving his first mid-range par attempt of the day. It's a slider from 6 feet, and he misses on the right side. He taps in for bogey, his third straight bogey on No. 4 this week.

    Woods falls into a tie for 24th, now eight strokes off the lead.

    Woods 1-over through 4, 2-over overall

    Hole 3 (par 4, 350 yards): Woods launches driver, the ball sailing past the fairway bunkers and releasing into an area of patrons just off the fairway's right side, leaving 77 yards to the hole's famed tabletop green, which requires deft touch to get the ball anywhere close.

    Woods' second shot lands on the green's front portion and jumps toward the back, releasing past the hole to leave a slippery 18-foot birdie putt down the slope. "There is fast, and then there is this for Tiger Woods," Shane Bacon said on the Featured Groups stream.

    He starts the ball on a line a few feet left of the hole, and it narrowly turns all the way back, but not quite. He cleans up his third straight par to begin the day.

    Woods even-par through 3, 1-over overall

    Hole 2 (par 5, 575 yards): Woods makes less-than-100% contact with a 3-wood off the tee, the ball drifting toward the fairway's right side, safely in play but leaving 303 yards to the hole. He exudes a slight sigh, knowing it's perhaps a missed opportunity to attack the green in two. He takes fairway metal for his second shot and flushes it, the ball settling some 46 yards short-right of the flag, leaving an ideal angle for a cross-green pitch to a back-left hole location. "You either get this place or you don't," said Shane Bacon on the Featured Groups stream. Woods, a five-time Masters winner, gets it.

    Woods makes clean contact with his pitch, but the ball checks up sooner than he would like, leaving 16 feet for birdie. He strikes it well but it narrowly misses on the right side; Woods looks down in slight dismay, knowing the opportunity lost. He cleans up his second straight par to begin the day.

    Woods even-par through 2, 1-over overall

    Hole 1 (par 4, 445 yards): For the third straight day, Woods splits the fairway off the tee at the opening hole; he stripes it 305 yards to the flattest part of the fairway, leaving a short-iron approach from 147 yards. The patrons roar and Woods strides purposefully off the tee box.

    Woods can't quite take advantage of his premier position off the tee, though. His approach lands and settles in the center of the green, leaving a 48-foot birdie putt from a lower tier, to a hole location situated on the green's back-right tier.

    Woods has no trouble with the speed, though, lagging to 2 feet and saving his par with ease. "Professional golfers don't get enough credit for their lag putting," said Colt Knost on the Featured Groups stream. No player has done it better than Woods, Knost adds.

    Woods even-par through 1, 1-over overall

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