On Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Tiger Woods needed to make some fireworks early in his round to give himself a chance at his 15th major championship, but his hopes were dashed when his ball plugged in a bunker on No. 6.
Tiger attempted to get the ball out of the bunker, but it hit the lip, stayed in, and Tiger was forced to hit the next shot off his knees, somehow getting it out of the bunker but leaving him a good 40 feet for bogey. Tiger left that putt well short, missed the next one, and carded a triple-bogey, leaving him seven shots back of leader Adam Scott and basically dooming his chances at the Claret Jug.
How did Tiger get in the position? Woods had a 5-iron into the hole that he'd birdied in every round heading into Sunday, but it came up just a yard or so short, and the ball was basically plugged against the lip. Some thought he might take an unplayable lie, but Woods went after it, especially after caddie Joe LaCava mentioned that Tiger's Saturday playing partner, Thorbjorn Olesen, had a similar shot and pulled it off in the third round.
"Alright, just go with it. I mean he was up against the lip with the same kind of lie, but he got it out. I know it was a little higher, but that's what he had yesterday," LaCava was heard saying over the ESPN telecast, and while Tiger did go on to make triple, he's lucky the ball didn't hit him after coming in contact with the tall lip of the bunker.
The early round triple-bogey brings up thoughts of Phil Mickelson at this year's Masters, when on the final day, he made a triple on the par-3 4th hole, basically ending his dreams of a fourth green jacket.
The round isn't over yet, but Tiger now faces an incredibly tough uphill climb, especially considering in two of his three rounds, he failed to make a birdie on the back nine.