How Tiger Woods’ hopes to defend his Masters title came to a likely end

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  • Graduate of the University of Maryland

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods walked off Augusta National on a perfect Saturday morning with a real shot to win another Masters and defend the green jacket he won 19 months earlier. He just completed his second round, the one halted by darkness the night before, with seven pars and a birdie to keep himself in range of the leaders.

Between the time he finished his second round and started his third — a little more than an hour — everything changed. His game soured. His back stiffened. His dream of a 16th major title disappeared.

He could do nothing but watch as the lead pack distanced themselves, all but guaranteeing Woods will be slipping the green jacket on somebody else Sunday afternoon.

Here’s how it happened:

No. 1: Par 4, 445 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 2: Par 5, 575 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 3: Par 4, 350 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 4: Par 3, 240 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 5: Par 4, 495 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 6: Par 3, 180 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 7: Par 4, 450 yards


Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 8: Par 5, 570 yards

Score: Bogey

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 9: Par 4, 460 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 10: Par 4, 495 yards


Score: Par

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 11: Par 4, 505 yards

Score: Bogey

Total for the third round: 2 over

Score for the tournament: 3 under

No. 12: Par 3, 155 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 13: Par 5, 510 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 14: Par 4, 440 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: 1 over

Score for the tournament: 4 under

No. 15: Par 5, 530 yards

Score: Birdie

Total for the third round: Even par

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 16: Par 3, 170 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even par

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 17: Par 4, 440 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even par

Score for the tournament: 5 under

No. 18: Par 4, 465 yards

Score: Par

Total for the third round: Even-par 72

Score for the tournament: 5 under

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