In pursuit of his sixth career victory at the Memorial Tournament and his fifth win of 2013, Tiger Woods carded one of the worst rounds of his professional career during the third round at Muirfield Village.
Woods opened with his worst nine hole score as a pro. Playing the back first, as golfers were sent off both one and 10 due to impending bad weather, the world No. 1 went out in a historically awful 44.
Notable disasters included a double bogey at the par-three 12th, a double at the 15th and a triple at the par-four 18th.
It was a different story for the golfer on the front nine (his second nine)...at least at the beginning.
Woods immediately set a different tone with birdies at the first and second holes (his 10th and 11th). He followed with a birdie at the fifth, as well.
A bogey at the sixth cooled him off a bit, however, and the golfer parred the remainder of his final holes, before another bogey at the last.
Tiger finished the day at seven-over par, eight-over for the tournament and well off the lead.
For as poor as his opening nine was, his closing nine holes were vastly more solid, at least until the final holes. Woods looked very good off the tee and struck a number of quality approach shots. He was the victim of a few bad breaks, as well as Muirfield Village's notoriously quick and tricky greens. Three wayward drives over the final holes also added to his woes.
The world No. 1 will look to do better when he tees off for the final round tomorrow in his last tournament before the U.S. Open.