There will be no miracle victory in Tiger Woods’ return to golf at the 2022 Masters. However, the woods did play a huge role in adding to the drama for Sunday’s final round.
First, Tiger Woods.
Augusta National caught up to the five-time winner of the green jacket on Saturday. Most of the damage happened over the final three holes, where Woods went bogey-bogey-double bogey to wind up at 78 and 223, 16 strokes behind third-round leader Scottie Scheffler.
Four 3-putts, two 4-putts.
Tiger, who couldn’t help but laugh at his performance: “I was hitting too many putts. It was like putting practice. I hit like 1,000 putts out there… I had absolutely zero feel for the greens, and it showed.”https://t.co/9afLjtR05L
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 9, 2022
Tiger Woods records a 78, his highest score in 93 career rounds at #theMasters
He 3-putted 5 holes in a round for the first time in his career. pic.twitter.com/VTqCkYB9nA
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2022
Scheffler shot a 71 and is at 207 after major trouble on 18. Scheffler came to the hole with a four-shot lead but his first shot hit the trees and wound up in an unplayable area.
After a 10-minute delay, Scheffler took a drop and lying three hit a difficult shot. A couple of shots later and he had a bogey. The lead is three shots over Cameron Smith, who sits at 210 after shooting a 68.
Rare, relatable moment from the Masters leader. pic.twitter.com/r7Iod3yb6a
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) April 9, 2022
Smith’s round was the best of the day. Augusta National tested all the pros, averaging better than 74 shots for all the players to get around the course.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 9, 2022
Sungjae Im is another two sots back at 212.
Scheffler, who at one point in the third round led by six strokes, is -250 on BetUS Golf odds. Smith is +275 and Im is +1600
So, who Scheffler?
He is simply the hottest golfer on the tour in 2022.
Scheffler won the WM Phoenix Open on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Patrick Cantlay in February.
In March, Scheffler won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fl.
Three weeks after that, Scheffler won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, taking over the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Charl Schwartzel is 2-under but provided a spectacular shot.
— BetUS Sportsbook & Casino (@BetUS_Official) April 9, 2022
BetUS is also offering some sweet props on Woods’ final round at Augusta in 2022. These provide plenty of opportunity to create intrigue for the five-time winner’s last 18.