OTD: Tiger Woods Suffered a Masters Meltdown but Overcame it in Remarkable Fashion

Published 11/13/2021, 3:17 PM EST
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 15: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on after a shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 15, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


A year ago, Tiger Woods was at Augusta National playing the Masters 2020. The 45-year-old was competing as the defending champion, having won in 2019. However, his 2020 attempt was not as smooth sailing, even eliciting a small meltdown from the PGA Tour icon.

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Of course, Woods had to bounce back in his own unique style. Despite his health struggles and issues, Woods remains one of the most dominant golfers on the course.

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Here’s why Tiger Woods’ 10 at Masters 2020 is iconic

The 2020 Masters was the opposite of the 2019 event, as Woods was struggling to keep up, not able to match Dustin Johnson’s play.

What landed him in trouble was the par-3 Hole 12, which had earned him his 15th major title just a year ago in 2019. Woods ended up miscalculating, unable to find dry and on his third, by the sixth, he was back in the water. He made green on his eighth, two putts resulting in a ‘septuple-bogey 10’.

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It ended up being the worst score in Woods’ entire career. The 45-year-old has won 82 titles and played 23,789 holes, never scoring in double digits. On top of that, this happened to him on a hole that was indeed crucial for his 2019 Masters win.

07 JUN 2009: Tiger Woods on the 11th tee during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Woods would go on to win the Memorial Tournament, finishing -12, one stroke better than Jim Furyk (Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Woods ended up retaliating in his own way, coming back to double-putt a birdie at 14th, and then at 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th. It seemed to lift his mood as the event came to an end, with Dustin Johnson winning his second major title. “This sport is awfully lonely sometimes,” Woods said during the tournament. “You have to fight it. No one is going to bring you off the mound or call in a sub. You have to fight through it.”

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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