Tiger Woods saw the funny side of his 12th hole meltdown at The Masters on Sunday, though admits the sport can be ‘awfully lonely’ at times like that and was delighted with his fightback.
The 2019 champion was already out of contention going into the final round but endured a torrid few minutes at Augusta’s infamous Rae’s Creek, which has claimed plenty of high-profile victims in the past.
Astonishingly, Woods ended up in the water three times in quick succession, eventually recording a 10 on the par-three hole – marking his worst ever score on a hole at The Masters.
But he responded as only Woods can, making birdies on five of the final six holes, and the 15-time major winner was pleased with how he finished his round despite handing over the green jacket to Dustin Johnson.
‘I’ve hit a few too many shots than I wanted to today,’ chuckled Woods when asked about his performance. ‘And I will not have the chairman be putting the green jacket on me, so I’ll be passing it on.’
Asked how much pride he took in his fightback after the 12th hole, Woods said: ‘That’s part of our sport. This sport is awfully lonely sometimes. You have to fight it.
‘No-one’s going to bring you off the mound or call in a sub, you have to fight through it. And that’s what makes this game so unique, so difficult mentally, and we’ve all been there unfortunately.
‘Unfortunately I’ve been there and you’ve just got to turn it around and figure out the next shot. And I was able to do that coming home.’
Woods passed on the green jacket to world number one Johnson who went into the final day with a four-shot lead and always looked in control on Sunday, winning with a record score of 20 under par.
Asked about the new champ, Woods said: ‘He’s an amazing athlete. He’s one of the first guys to ever bring athleticism to our sport. And DJ has this amazing ability to stay calm in tough moments.
‘In order to win this event – and we all know as past champions how hard it is – the emotions we have to deal with out there, there’s no-one more suited to that than I think DJ.’
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