Dustin Johnson, wearing the Green Jacket after winning the 54th Masters, embraces fiancee Paulina Gretzky at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. on Sunday. Johnson shot a record 20-under par over four days, including a final-round 68. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
He didn’t spit in the cup, as a petulant Sergio Garcia has done; he didn’t throw a club, as Jon Rahm is prone to do; he didn’t throw a hissy-fit, a la Bubba Watson; and he didn’t make excuses, like Bryson DeChambeau.
With nothing to play for — Woods has a lifetime exemption into the Masters — he birdied five of his last six holes to finish the tournament most associated with his historic accomplishments at 1 under, in the red, his preferred color on Sunday.
“Well, I committed to the wrong wind,” he told CBS’s Amanda Balionis during an interview after his round of 76, which left him in a tie for 38th.
Woods’s win at Augusta in 1997 was historic; he won a major on a broken knee; even last year’s victory at the Masters was considered by some the greatest comeback story in golf history, although Tiger
Tiger Woods’ chances of winning a record-tying sixth green jacket were dashed long before he teed off in Sunday’s final round. That didn’t make what he did during his latest tour around Amen Corner any less shocking.
On a day when golf fans were buzzing about Augusta National changing the traditional easy pin position on the par-3 16th, the usual back-right hole location on No. 12 was still there. And still wreaking havoc.
But while it was those around Woods who struggled on the hole during the final round in 2019, it was Woods himself on Sunday. First, a tee shot that spun off the green and into Rae’s Creek. Then after a drop, a second ball that didn’t have enough on it and wound up wet. From there, somehow, things got worse.
His fifth went long and ended up in a difficult spot in the back bunker. Woods blasted
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Tiger Woods was already out of contention going into the back nine at the Masters Sunday, but he hit a new low during a brutal 12th hole.
Woods shot a 10 on the par-three hole, hitting his first two shots in the water before dumping a third one in the creek on a terrible shot from the sand:
It resulted in the worst score of the player’s illustrious career:
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Rory McIlroy was left to rue nine poor holes in his opening round as his bid to complete the career Grand Slam with a Masters victory was put on hold for at least five more months.
McIlroy ended in a tie for fifth place, nine shots behind runaway winner Dustin Johnson, despite posting a third sub-70 score in succession with a closing 69.
“I look back on this week and obviously rue what happened,” said McIlroy.
“Maybe not on Thursday because I felt I played OK, but that Friday morning.”
The world number five added: “After that I played well, I hung in there, just had to shoot a good score to be here for the weekend and played a really solid weekend.”
The damage was done in the first round when, resuming early on Friday after a delayed start to the opening day, McIlroy carded four bogeys and just
Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods made a little personal history Sunday, but not the kind he wanted.
He had the worst hole of his professional career.
It came on the par-3 12th hole, nicknamed Golden Bell, and he took a 10.
The nightmare unfolded thusly:
He misread the wind and put his tee shot into Rae’s Creek in front of the green.
After a one-stroke penalty, he hit his third shot onto the front edge of the green but had too much action on it. It spun into the fringe, then trickled back into the water.
Hitting five, he took no chances and flew the green into the back bunker. He had an awkward stance, though, and chopped the ball over the green and back into the creek.
So it was back to the bunker and that uncomfortable stance, with his front foot much higher on the leading slope, and
So it is that “College GameDay” originated Saturday not from some legendary college program’s campus, but instead from the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.
“GameDay” broadcasted Saturday from the Par 3 course at the legendary venue, beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPN2 and moving to ESPN when the network’s coverage for the darkness-delayed second-round play was completed. The final two rounds air on CBS.
Host Rece Davis was joined at the course by Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, Maria Taylor, and Chris “The Bear” Fallica, with Lee Corso joining the show live from his home in Orlando. Augusta, Ga., is the 91st city to host “GameDay” and one of the most non-traditional.
“GameDay,” so reliant on fans as its backdrop as the 11-time Sports Emmy-winning show to become one of the most popular sports studio programs of all time, has had to
ESPN’s College GameDay set up camp in an unusually serene spot Saturday, broadcasting from the Masters Tournament, which is finally being played after originally being postponed from April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And the GameDay crew was pretty pumped about doing the show at the iconic Georgia course.
Lee Corso, however, was broadcasting from his home studio in Orlando, like he has been all season. But his backdrop was still fabulously decorated as if he was sitting on the course at Augusta National, complete with a scoreboard, flag and giant, legendary photos of Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in the background. Corso was even wearing a Masters tie.
And, perfect for the occasion, Nicklaus was also the guest picker of the week.
Because GameDay wasn’t on location highlighting a marquee matchup this week, Corso didn’t do a traditional headgear pick. He, and the rest of the show’s squad, still
In normal circumstances, I suspect the snooty suits that set the ground rules for television coverage of the Masters would view ESPN’s “College GameDay” operation much in the same way Judge Smails views his grandson Spaulding in “Caddyshack.” You’ll get nothing and like it.
The Masters doesn’t have fans, of course. It has patrons — again, at least in normal times. “College GameDay” has a backdrop of exuberant college kids waving often hilarious and occasionally inappropriate (but still hilarious) signs. Bit of a different clientele there.
But corporate synergy sometimes makes for unexpected bedfellows, and the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the sports schedule in a way that has made unlikely partnerships possible.
So it is that “College GameDay” originated Saturday not from some legendary college program’s campus, but instead from
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Sixteen holes into the best opening Masters round of his career, Tiger Woods hit his worst shot of the day. With 75 yards to the pin—“a perfect number,” he said later—on the 570-yard, par-5 eighth hole, he grabbed a 60-degree wedge. He was a good pitch away from a short birdie putt to drop his score to five under par.
Instead he hit it short of the green’s back ledge and wound up 38 feet shy of the hole. He expelled a string of expletives. He appeared to think better of throwing, and then of breaking, his club. Instead he returned it to his bag, which is embroidered with 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019—the years he has won here.
At times, Woods veers toward nostalgia. He choked up on Tuesday when discussing how his stunning victory here 19 months ago represented “coming full