Masters: Tiger Woods shoots 70, holds out hope for Sunday
Hole No. 15 has told you everything that you need to know about Tiger Woods' 2013 Masters.
If you've only watched Tiger Woods play hole No. 15 at this year's Masters, you've seen everything that you need to know about his tournament.
Woods parred it on Thursday (which has been a common theme for him on the par-5s throughout the week), had the now-infamous two-stroke penalty ball drop on Friday for an 8 and then absolutely stuck his approach on Saturday afternoon to about 10 feet.
Woods missed the eagle putt -- among a host of putts that he missed on Saturday -- but still, the birdie got him within three of the lead heading to the last three holes.
After his round, Woods was asked by CBS' Bill Macatee if his drop-ball penalty from Saturday morning bothered him:
"It was certainly a distraction early. It happens, move on. I was ready to play come game time."
And how things played out during the morning:
"They had made the determination that nothing had happened yesterday and after what I had said things changed. They called me in and I got a two-shot penalty...and time to play."
When asked about whether he considered disqualifying himself:
"No. Under the rules of golf, I'm abiding by the rules."
Finally, on whether he thought the penalty was fair:
"Absolutely. I made a mistake. Under the rules of golf I took an improper drop and got the penalty."
It has been a strange week for Woods, who, contrary to the way that he has been playing all year, has struck the ball really well but failed to make many putts.
He also missed a short birdie attempt on No. 8 and missed par putts on Nos. 9 and 11 before making birdies at Nos. 12 and 13.
Here's a look at his scorecard:
After his round, Woods said:
"The last three saves kept me in the tournament."
Woods still hasn't broken 70 at Augusta since his second round in 2011.
He's only 2 under on the par-5s all week and accomplished this amazing stat as a result of his ball-drop penalty on Friday:
Tiger Woods has eagle putt coming up at 15. Triple-bogey there yesterday was his 1st in 957 holes at Masters.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) April 13, 2013
The problem now for Woods is that he has a lot of golfers in front of him (and a lot of quality golfers at that), and he infamously has never come from behind on Sunday to win a major championship.
He has, however, come back for seven PGA Tour victories when trailling by three or more going into the final round:
Of course everyone knows Tiger has never won a major when not holding at least a share of lead. Has 7 tour wins when trailing by 3 or more.— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) April 13, 2013
It seemed like there was a score to be had early for Woods as Tim Clark went out with a 67. Woods got everybody excited on his first hole, too. After he made birdie, Twitter went wild with sentiment that Woods was going to post something absurd because he was upset about the penalty assessed to him.
It wasn't to be, though, and it's starting to look like a fifth green jacket isn't to be for Woods this year.
People are going to complain that without the two-stroke penalty on No. 15 from Friday, Woods would be close to the top of the leaderboard. The reality is that he's pretty lucky to even be in the tournament (we outlined how a rule buried deep in the USGA rule book likely saved him).
No matter what happens with Woods on Sunday, golf fans are likely going to slap an asterisk on the 2013 Masters for him. But the truth is, he hasn't played good enough to win.
He hasn't played the par-5s like he needs to, hasn't putted like he has been putting all season and has made just enough bogeys to probably remove himself from contention.
The great thing about Woods, though?
You never know what he could have in store for us on Sunday.
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