What has been a bad 2013 Memorial Tournament for Tiger Woods got even worse after a seven-over 79 in the third round.
Coming into Saturday's play, Woods had been struggling. He shot only a two-over 74 in Round 2, which put him just two strokes above the cut. Still, Woods is a five-time winner of the Memorial and historically solid when the weekend rolls around.
SportsCenter put the day into perspective for fans. Woods can be a victim of his own success at times. So much is expected of him that when he struggles, it's blown way out of proportion:
Tiger Woods posted his highest 9-hole score as a professional today - 8-over 44. Many "weekend warriors" would take his worst 9...— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 1, 2013
While he technically still has a small chance of winning his sixth title in Dublin, Ohio, Woods is all but eliminated from obtaining that. The fourth round will be about saving face and salvaging something from this tournament.
At least Woods knows he's in good company, namely NBA announcer Steve Kerr:
What do Tiger Woods and I have in common? We've each shot a 79 within the last couple of weeks. (I was probably more content with mine).— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerrTNT) June 1, 2013
Woods' full scorecard for Round 3 is listed below, followed by a more in-depth breakdown of his round and a few highlights.
Tiger Woods' 2013 Memorial Tournament Round 3 Scorecard
|Score ||4||5||5||4||4||7 ||3||5 ||7 || 44
|Score ||3 ||3 ||4 ||3||4 ||5 ||5 ||3 ||5 ||35 || 79
Note: All statistics, information and video are courtesy of PGATour.com; Woods started on the back nine.
Woods came into the round trying to exorcise some of the demons from the previous day. The weather in Dublin cooperated a little more, as there wasn't nearly the same kind of wind as on Friday, nor the threat of rain.
Woods didn't start too badly, reaching par on both Nos. 10 and 11. He struck the ball well and made his putts when he needed to.
Then came what would become a trend for Woods on the front nine.
The 12th hole was where it all started, as his tee shot ended up in the bunker. The ball was placed as such that he couldn't even attempt a shot at the flag stick. The best Woods could do was get up on the fringe. He got himself on the green, but it took him two putts to get the job done from there.
On the 15th, Woods had a nice tee shot but went into the trees with his second. From there it was going to be an uphill battle to reach par for the hole. He got out and onto the green in four, but it took Woods three putts to finish with a double bogey.
Prior to this round, Woods had been very good on par fives at Muirfield Village. Saturday saw him double-bogey No. 15 for the second day in a row (h/t ESPN Stats and Info):
Tiger Woods: double bogey on par-5 15th today AND yesterday. Before Friday, he played 212 par 5's at the Memorial and had 1 double bogey.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2013
The Golf Channel's Jason Sobel decided to make light of Woods' poor performance on Nos. 12 and 15:
Tiger Woods makes double on 12, then another on 15. That's like an In-N-Out burger: Double-double with some other stuff cooked in between.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) June 1, 2013
It was on No. 18 that Woods was at his worst. He had an extremely rough time with the slope and speed of the green. He ended up three-putting there as well.
When it came to driving, Woods was pretty good on the front nine. He hit six of his seven fairways. It was everything that followed that was an issue. His approach play was lacking, and he wasn't hitting his putts.
As poorly as he finished his first nine holes, Woods rebounded, getting birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 5. Of course, he then got bogeys on Nos. 6 and 9.
It was a poor end to what was an all-around bad day for Tiger (h/t ESPN Stats and Info):
Tiger Woods made 3 double bogeys or worse at the Memorial today, tied for the most he's ever made in a PGA TOUR round (via @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 1, 2013
Woods has only hit 59.3 percent of his greens in regulation for the tournament, so his approach play and putting have been issues for all three rounds. It's a contrast to the strong way in which Woods came into the Memorial.
He needs to play much better if he wants to leave Dublin with anything more than a whimper.
*For complete scores for the 2013 Memorial Tournament, visit PGA.com.