Golf: Woods collapses, Schaeffler still ahead but sees his lead falter

Human Tiger Woods: Wind and exhaustion have dashed his hopes of a sixth crown in the Augusta Masters, already making a miraculous comeback thirteen months after his car crash, and Scotty Scheffler clinging to the dream of a first major title.

The number 1 in the world, who was up by five runs at the start of the third round, had a rough day. First brought it to 6, strong with four birds in front of the nine. But it was halved by three bogeys between N.12 and N.15, while Cameron Smith brought back the best card of the day (68). American Groups-9, Australian-6 and South Korean Songjae M-4.

Thus, the games are not for the sake of winning this 86th title, which Tiger Woods will not win, except in the event of a miracle.

Tiger Woods at the Augusta Masters Green concert on April 9, 2022 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP – Gregory Shamus)

The 46-year-old American, winning 15 Majors, scored 78 points (+6). The worst of the lap, in the 24 participations in this event, the fatigue got stronger and stronger, in windy conditions that didn’t help.

“It was tough. Today was challenging because the conditions were tough. It was really tough yesterday at first, but at least we had some calm at the end. Today, the wind blew all day,” he said.

– “no feelings” –

With a total of +7 after 54 holes, he finished 41st in a small group that also included Spaniard John Ram (#2 in the world).

Like the day before, Woods waived an entry bogey, but recovered promptly with a birdie on Route 2, by the magnificent exit from the bunker that nearly made an eagle.

He then committed his first double whammy of the tournament at N.5, and was betrayed by a minor blow.

Tiger Woods at the Augusta Masters on April 9, 2022 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP - Gregory Shamus)
Tiger Woods at the Augusta Masters on April 9, 2022 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP – Gregory Shamus)

“I must have gotten to about a thousand people today,” Woods said. “I had no sensation. I couldn’t get comfortable with the ball. The position, the touch, my right hand, my release, I couldn’t get there.”

Tiger bogey again in N.9 and then in N.11, the first part of Amen Corner, where masters often win and lose. But he shouted proudly, with two consecutive planes in N.12 and N.13, which complete the challenging trilogy.

Temporary thinning, as Woods then chained two more ghosts into slots 16 and 17, before collapsing in the last two with another double ghost.

If golf and fitness were in pain, he knew how to stick with it. It is a victory in itself, and it will not be more beautiful until Sunday afternoon if he stays at a distance until the end.

– “Oh shit” –

Because he narrowly avoided amputation of his right leg, after going off the road on February 23, 2021 near Los Angeles, due to multiple open fractures that finally required him to insert a metal rod into the tibia, and screws to strengthen the bones of the foot and ankle.

Woods was hospitalized for weeks and unable to walk for months. However, his body already bruised by countless, he was able to rise again, making a comeback that no one expected so quickly in Augusta, after 17 months without playing (his last championship was the 2020 edition). .

Scotty Scheffler on the 18th hole at the Augusta Masters on April 9, 2022 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP - JAMIE SQUIRE)
Scotty Scheffler on the 18th hole at the Augusta Masters on April 9, 2022 (GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP – JAMIE SQUIRE)

To get back into the fight each morning, Tiger has delivered another every night since Thursday, undergoing a daily treatment of ice baths and physical therapy, to reduce swelling in his leg.

He said, “Every day is a challenge. You should never give up, you should always chase your dreams.”

The principle that Schaeffler clung to, was not to succumb too much under pressure, despite the great fear at the start of No. 18, when his leadership pushed the ball into the bushes. “I saw the guy in charge of spotting the balls, terrified. I said to myself ‘Oh damn it'”, the American captivated.

When it was found, it proved to be unplayable as it was stuck. After the leader was suddenly punished, he limited the breakage by committing a ghost.

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