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Tiger Woods cards tour-worst 85 in third round of Memorial Tournament

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 6, 2015

Tiger Woods shot his career-worst round on the PGA Tour Saturday in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, ending a 13-over 85 with a quadruple bogey 8.

It marked only the third time in his career the world's former No. 1 player had shot in the 80s. Struggling after back surgery in 2014, Woods shot 42 on the front nine and carded only one birdie on the day at No. 15. PGA Tour rookie Zac Blair, his playing partner, shot 70 and beat Woods by 15 shots.

Woods has won the Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club five times in 14 appearances. His highest score in the event was a 76 in the third round in 2003, but he followed with a 65 and tied for fourth.

Woods' previous high round, an 82, came in January in the second round of the Waste Management Open. Before that, he shot his worst score of 81 in the third round of the 2002 British Open at Muirfield in Scotland.

Woods declined to speak to reporters afterward.

"I thought he handled it great," Blair said of Woods' struggles. "He never got super outwardly emotional. It was the worst round he's ever played, but I don't think he ever got disrepectful. He was always super courteous to me and friendly.

"He's working through some things. He'll get back to playing good."

Keegan Bradley was two groups behind Woods, but didn't realize what was unfolding.

"I just hope he's all right because I know that feeling, having a bad round," Bradley said. "It's just miserable. I'm sure he'll come out tomorrow and shoot a good one."

Woods' 85 left him at 228 and in last place in the field of 71 who made the cut. Barring withdrawals, he would play alone in the final round Sunday.

According to ESPN, Woods has carded an 85 before, but it came in the 1995 U.S. Open when he was a 19-year-old amateur and ranked No. 610 in the world. He's currently slipped to 172nd.
 

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