A day after hitting perhaps the shot of the year on the PGA Tour with a sliced 9-iron from a bunker, Tiger Woods had a brutal four-putt in the third round of the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship.
Woods reached the greenside bunker in two at the par-5 15th hole, where most of the 72-player field has been taking advantage of the elevation in Mexico City and turning the hole into a simple 4. However, Woods played an indifferent bunker shot for his third, leaving some 25 feet for a needed birdie to keep pace with leader Dustin Johnson.
Woods hit his birdie putt to about 3 feet past the hole, leaving what would typically be considered a gimme for most PGA Tour pros. The make rate from 3 feet is in the 90-percent range. However, Woods hit the edge of the cup and missed the par putt. The brutal lipout left Woods with 2 feet for bogey.
The 14-time major winner then took little time and no practice strokes before putting the blade behind the ball to hit his effort for 6. He again found a sharp edge and missed that for bogey. He tapped in for double-bogey 7, which effectively ended his chances of winning the tournament.
Golf is hard.
Double bogey for Tiger Woods. pic.twitter.com/ZN3Lz1U6mQ
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 23, 2019
This was Woods’ first four-putt in an official PGA Tour tournament since the since the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., per Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray. However, Woods also had a four-putt in the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills, per ESPN’s Bob Harig. It’s only the third time Woods has four-putted since the 2006 season.
Tiger Woods: 1st four-putt in a non-major @PGATOUR event since 2010 at Quail Hollow. Only his 3rd four-putt in a PGA Tour event in the last 13 years.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) February 23, 2019
Unfortunately, Woods also three-putted the next hole to make another crushing bogey. However, Woods certainly isn’t the only having trouble holing putts at the Club de Golf Chapultepec. It’s happened to pretty much every player, except Dustin Johnson, who has made just one score worse than par so far.