AUGUSTA (Ga.) (AP), It's even odd to say: Tiger Woods is the last player still in action at the Masters.
Woods' fate went from bad to worse after he made the cut on Saturday at Augusta National. The five-time winner was unable to endure a 49-degree, rain-soaked day.
Woods, 47, is still recovering after a car accident in 2021 that almost cost him his leg. He looked miserable and in pain as he struggled through an exhausting, long day. In the morning, he played seven holes to make the cut, then seven more during a constant downpour, before the tournament had to be postponed.
Woods, who was 22 shots behind Brooks Koepka, the leader of the third round, when the horn ended play at 3:15 pm, was in last place, alone, at 9-over.
Woods, who finished 47th last year at the tournament with a score of 13-over-301, is now on track to have the worst 18-holes of his Masters career.
Woods' achievement of making the Masters cut as a pro for the 23rd time in a row was an important one. This streak was also set by Gary Player and Fred Couples, two other great golfers.
Woods' performance was affected by a two-and-a half-hour break between rounds, as well as another day of bad weather. The tournament officials wanted to get as much golf in as possible, so they teed players off in threesomes on both the front nine and back.
Woods' third-round started with a double-bogey at the 10th, and then got worse. He made another bogey at No. He bogeyed again at No. Then, he had back-to-back double bogeys after finding the water on both No. This was the first time that he had ever made consecutive double-bogeys in the Masters.
The horn sounded as he was two shots off the par-4 hole on the 17th. He still had to complete the front nine.
It's obvious that this isn't the 15 time major champion the whole world knows.
He has always enjoyed'moving days', playing the third round of the Masters at a combined 45 under par in his 22 professional appearances. Woods has only missed par or better three times on Saturdays at Augusta National before this year.
This was not one those Saturdays.
He continued to sludge around the course, wearing a gray winter cap over a baseball hat. The wind chill was 42 degrees.
Woods used to show emotion after a poor shot in the past, but this was not the case on that day.
Woods' pain will be worse on Sunday, as he has stated that he is in constant pain.
Woods never withdrew from the Masters. Woods has another 28 1/2 hole to play on Sunday. Although no rain is forecast, he will need to find some way to re-energize if he wants to finish the event.