TIGER Woods stumbled to a career-worst round of 85 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio yesterday.
Woods, pictured, whose previous worst of 82 came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in January, struggled throughout and was already nine over par before finishing with a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 18th.
Bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes and double-bogeys on the eighth and ninth saw the 14-time major winner make the turn six over par, but things would only get worse. The 39-year-old bogeyed the 11th, 12th and 14th holes before taking a shot back on the 15th.
Woods then dropped a further stroke on the 17th before it all went wrong on the 18th.
He sent his tee shot into a water hazard, then found further trouble as he hit a bunker before finally making the green in five shots. But his problems were not over as he three-putted before making a swift exit, declining to speak as he went.
Woods, who has insisted he is feeling better after recent back problems, had opened his first round with three bogeys in the first four holes and a double-bogey on the 18th, but made the cut with a round of 70 on Friday.
Although Woods declined to talk after his round, his playing partner, Zac Blair – who carded a 70 –backed his former hero to bounce back.
“I’ve always wanted to play with him,” Blair said on the PGA website.
“As a little kid that was kind of my dream growing up. But it was unfortunate to see him not play great.
“I thought he handled it great. He never got super outwardly emotional, but I don’t think he ever got disrespectful out there. And he was always super courteous to me and friendly. It was nice to see that.”
Blair later added via Twitter: “I hope to get to play many more years with him on the PGA Tour and I know he will get back to being the best player in the world.”