Woods' Open dreams in doubt with triple bogey at the sixth
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Woods’ Open dreams in doubt with triple bogey at the sixth

Tiger Woods has never won a major championship when trailing after 54 holes. A stunning triple-bogey 7 at Royal Lytham's sixth hole of the final round of The Open Championship might keep that streak alive.

Woods hit his second shot at the hole to par-4 into a greenside pot bunker, drawing a half-buried lie up against the face. Rather than taking an unplayable lie, Woods tried to extricate himself from the bunker, deciding to play the shot as Saturday partner Thorbjorn Olesen had been successful in trying it.

"I mean (Thorbjorn Olesen) 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," said caddie Joe LaCava.

Woods failed to get out of the sand, leaving himself with a second effort that forced him to his knees to play it. That second shot Woods executed better, getting out of the bunker.

The hole wasn't finished, however, until Woods three-putted for a triple bogey. The 7 came after five consecutive pars to open the round and left him seven behind leader Adam Scott.

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