Woods ends Masters with worst total as a professional

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Tiger Woods doffs his cap to the huge galleries who saluted him after his battling Masters slog. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconTiger Woods doffs his cap to the huge galleries who saluted him after his battling Masters slog. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

Tiger Woods has finished the Masters with a record he could do without, walking off the course with a 16-over 304 after his battling final round of 77.

It left him with his highest 72-hole score in a career that spans three decades.

Woods' previous high was 302 at the Memorial in 2015 following a career-worst 85 in the third round. He has only failed to break 300 one other time at the Masters, two years ago when he shot 78-78 on the weekend and finished on 301.

Not that it mattered to the crowd on Sunday.

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The 48-year-old Woods, who is still dealing with the effects of numerous surgeries that have impacted his body and limited his playing time on the PGA Tour, received a huge roar from the crowd as he pitched close to the hole on No.18 to end with a par.

Wearing his traditional Sunday red, Woods tipped his hat the crowd.

Woods was in last place among the 60 players who made the cut when he finished. The previous time he finished in last place was in the 2020 Genesis Invitational at Riviera.

Still the patrons flocked to see the man who took golf's popularity to new heights, even if he isn't been the dominant player he once was at Augusta National.

Woods enlisted the help of his son Charlie before his 100th round in the Masters.

Charlie was pictured seemingly giving dad some swing advice on the practice range at Augusta National, advice he may even have welcomed following a demoralising third round of 82.

That was the five-time champion's worst score in the Masters by four shots and meant an early tee time on Sunday alongside Neal Shipley, the only amateur to make the cut.

After playing the first two holes in one under, Woods made a bogey on No.3 before things started to unravel on the par-4 fifth hole when he took an unplayable lie and had to be driven back to the tee box in a golf cart to hit again. He wound up with a triple-bogey seven.

He added another bogey on the 6th, but when he nearly chipped in from the sand on No.16 it gave fans a thrill and brought back fond memories of his iconic chip-in in 2005 en route to the fourth of his five championships.

With major championships on the schedule every month from here through July, Woods will now turn his attention to getting fit for the May 16-19 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

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