AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods scored his worst scoring on a hole in his professional career Sunday, hitting 10 at par 3 12 after hitting his ball at Rae’s Creek three times during the final round of the Masters.
Woods, the defending champion who was out of competition, threw his tee shot into the water, using an 8 iron from 155 yards that hit the front of the green and rolled into the creek.
From directly across the creek with 70 yards to the pin, he again saw his ball spin back into the water.
Falling back and taking a second penalty stroke, Woods went long with his fifth shot to the right rear bunker. Facing an awkward stance, Woods slimmed the ball out of the sand, crossed the green, and into the water.
After hitting his seventh shot, he returned to play his eighth from the bunker, hitting the green and two putts for a 10.
Woods’ previous highest score was a 9 at the 1997 Memorial on the third hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
In major championships, he twice made 8s in par 4s, at the 1996 US Open and the 1997 Open.
The 12th played a major role in Woods’ victory last year. It’s where four contenders fall into the water: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, Francesco Molinari, and Tony Finau.
Woods hit a 9 iron on the green to the center left and then made two putts from 50 feet to tie for the lead for the first time in the tournament. He would continue to birdie holes 13, 15 and 16 and won by a shot over Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele for his fifth Masters victory and his 15th major championship.