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Masters: Tiger Woods records the highest 72-hole score of his professional career

Tiger Woods waves after his final round at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 14, 2024 in Augusta, Georgia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – A standing ovation greeted Tiger Woods as he walked into the 18th hole of Augusta National and the 72nd of this Masters on Sunday.

The five-time champion tipped his cap in appreciation to the stands, but he knew this was more of a cheer from the past than anything he had achieved today.

Tiger shot a 77 on Sunday to finish 16 over par for the tournament. His cumulative 304 was the highest 72-hole score of his professional career and left him dead last among those who made it here for the weekend.

“It doesn’t take much to get out of position here,” Woods said. “Unfortunately I was out of position a few times yesterday and today.”

The tournament was still a success in a few respects. Firstly, at the age of 48 and three years removed from a serious car accident that left many wondering if it would end his career, he managed to complete four laps up and down this hilly course.

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He was seen with heat packs on his back, muscle oil everywhere and he talked about getting up before 4am every morning to start a stretch just to be able to go.

Second, he set the Masters record for his 24th consecutive cut.

He may have fallen apart this weekend with an 82 Saturday that matched Sunday’s disappointment, but Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and other stars from their top ranks didn’t even make it to the second round.

That includes the reigning champions of the US Open (Wyndham Clark) and the British Open (Brian Harman).

“It was a good week overall,” Tiger said. “I think it was a good fight to come here after not playing a full tournament for a long time, on Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately, yesterday didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted… [and today]unfortunately I didn’t produce.”

It hardly mattered to the galleries here. The chance to see Woods at Augusta is enough for crowds of fans to follow him from hole to hole.

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There were standing ovations on almost every green. Others were happy to see Woods’ son, Charlie, serve as his coach on the practice court for the preliminary round.

And on the 16th hole, Woods took time to shake hands with legendary CBS announcer Verne Lundquist, who is retiring after calling his 40th Masters, a run that included Tiger’s dramatic chip-in from the 16th rough into 2005 – “In your life”, Lundquist shouted that day, ‘Have you seen something like that?’

After the round, Tiger was already focused on being healthy enough to compete in the year’s other three majors, starting with the PGA Championship next month at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Just keep lifting, keep the motor going, keep the body moving, keep getting stronger, keep progressing,” Tiger said. “Hopefully the training sessions will continue to get longer.”

The man finished first here five times. On Sunday he was last, at least among those still playing. The fans didn’t seem to care. Tiger, the competitor, will always do that, but deep down even he knows that, all things considered, this was still a measure of success.

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