Cape Town - Tiger Woods' putter went cold in spectacular fashion when he four-putted during the third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Saturday.
According to the Stuff website, the packed gallery could scarcely believe their eyes when the American great
struggled to sink the ball at the 15th hole of the
tournament at the Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.
Woods had played 22 640 holes (1 257 rounds) on the PGA Tour over 3 222 days when he approached the
15th, where everything looked in order as he coaxed a birdie putt up to
inside four feet.
Woods had a 5-iron from the middle of the fairway on the par-5 hole,
put it into a bunker, blasted out weakly to 25 feet and then reached for
his putter. What followed stunned the large gallery who were left
gob-smacked by the sort of a display that would have even the most timid
of weekend hackers grimacing with frustration.
par putt lipped out, however, and trickled two feet away from the cup.
Without marking his ball, Woods stroked his third putt, which also
lipped out, and he walked off with a double-bogey.
To compound matters, Woods took him three attempts to get the ball into the
hole on the 16th green and the PGA Tour confirmed that it was the first
time he had put together such a poor display of putting on consecutive
the putting problems, the 14-time major champion shot a respectable
one-under-par 70 to trail leader Dustin Johnson by 10 strokes heading
into Sunday's final round.
Woods declined to speak to the media afterwards, something he has done only a handful of times over his career.