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Tiger's Career-Worst 9-Hole Score Was a Lowlight from Muirfield
On Saturday at the Memorial, Tiger Woods got an unwelcome taste of what golf feels like out here in the real world. Woods limped to an outward 44, his highest 9-hole score as a professional, on his way to a shocking third-round 79. After failing to break 70 in any of the four rounds, the World's No. 1 player finished at 8-over, 20 strokes behind winner Matt Kuchar. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy wasn't much better, carding a first-round 78 on his way to a 6-over finish. While the world's top two players were hacking up Jack Nicklaus' gorgeous Muirfield Village layout like the Three Stooges, Kuchar was his usual steady, unflappable self, finishing at 12-under after a final-round 68 and holding off Kevin Chappell for a two-shot win that vaults him past Brandt Snedeker into second place on the FedExCup points list and puts him on the short list of U.S. Open favorites.
Here are 10 amazing stats from a tough weekend in Ohio.
44 Woods opening-9 44 on Saturday included a bogey, two doubles and a triple.
35 Kuchar leads the PGA Tour with 35 top-10 finishes since the start of the 2012 season.
10-1 On Sunday, the toughest hole was the par-3 12th, as it yielded only three birdies but forced 30 bogeys or higher, a ratio of 10-1.
20 Woods' final deficit of 20 strokes was his largest in a full-field event as a professional. He was 30 shots in arrears at the WGC Bridgestone (a limited field, no-cut event) in 2010.
71 Woods, who entered the Memorial ranked first in Strokes Gained, Putting, ranked 71st of 73 players in the category for the tournament.
2 Shockingly, Woods had two three-putts from inside five feet.
5th Woods finished fifth in driving accuracy for the weekend but still finished 20 strokes behind Kuchar, an indication of a rough week of ballstriking (he missed at least five greens each day) and putting (he needed 119 putts for the week).
+1.256 The average round this weekend was 73.256, or 1.256 over par, making Muirfield the third-toughest course on Tour so far this year, behind Augusta National and PGA National (Honda Classic).
2 Kuchar becomes only the second multiple winner on Tour this year, joining Woods, who has four wins. Seventeen players have a single win in what has been a true spread-the-wealth kind of year so far.
96.43 Ryan Moore hit a stunning 96.43 percent of his fairways off the tee for the tournament on his way to a T13 finish.