Even the greatest sportsmen of all time have off days. Tiger Woods, arguably the best golfer of all time, is no exception to this. Woods, whose unadjusted scoring average in 2000 was 68.17, has fired rounds of 77 six times, 78 three times, and 79 three times. On one notable occasion in 2002, the world no. 1 carded a number even worse than any of the aforementioned.
So, the 14-time major winner has laid a few eggs in his time. However, the man Woods seems eternally to be chasing, Jack Nicklaus, once fired an 83 at the Open Championship during the prime of his career. Indeed, Nicklaus' worst round as a professional came in 2003 when, well past his prime, he carded an 85 at the Masters.
Woods has a ways to go to record a score that poor. And if it weren't for a Biblical front of bad weather at the Open Championship in 2002, it's doubtful the Chosen One would ever have recorded a score north of 79.
Here's a look at Mr. Woods' worst rounds as a professional.
13 77 - 2011 PGA Championship, First Round
"Got off to a great start today, was 3 under early, was having mechanical thoughts through those holes … and I thought, 'I can let it go' and play by instinct and feel," he said. "And it just screwed up my whole round. I'm not at that point where I can do that yet."
12 77 - 2010 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Final Round
74-72-75-77. Those are Tiger Woods' scores from the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
As Bob Harig of ESPN wrote at the time,
"It is no stretch to surmise that the turmoil in Woods' personal life is taking its toll, that the fallout from his very public indiscretions and the repercussions are causing enough distress to make playing a game nearly impossible"
11 77 - 2002 Buick Invitational, Second Round
10 77 - 1998 Buick Open, Third Round
The 1998 Buick Open is most often mentioned in the discussion of Tiger Woods' professional career because it is the tournament where Woods' record 142-tournament cut streak began.
9 77 - 1998 Bay Hill Invitational, Final Round
Tiger carded a 77 in the final round of the Bay Hill Invitational in 1998. The tournament, at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge, is one Woods has dominated in his career, winning it a record eight times.
8 77 - 1997 Las Vegas Invitational, Third Round
7 78 - 1999 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Third Round
6 78 - 1996 Tour Championship, Second Round
5 78 - 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship, Final Round
4 79 - 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, Second Round
When Tiger Woods fired a second-round 79 at the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, he missed the cut for the sixth time in his professional career, up to that point.
The tournament was Woods' second after returning from hiatus after revelations of his regime of infidelity. As Tiger said at the time,
Every day I do media, I get asked it, so it doesn't go away. Even when I'm at home paparazzi still follow us, helicopters still hover around. Does it test you? Yes, of course it does. Is that any excuse? No, because I'm out there and I have the same opportunity as everybody else here in this field to shoot a good number. And I didn't do it.
3 79 - 2013 Memorial, Third Round
2 79 - 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, Third Round
At the Farmers Insurance Open in January, Tiger Woods missed the secondary cut when he fired a third-round 79. The season-opening effort was the second-worst score (tied of course) of the golfer's professional career.
1 81 - 2002 British Open, Third Round
"The worst day of major weather ever." "Awful weather, even by Open standards." These were some of the descriptions of the third round of the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield.
One of the coldest, wettest afternoons at a major championship ever followed a relatively mild morning that saw some decent scores. Tiger Woods, teeing off in the afternoon, faced brutal winds and rain, which vanquished everyone who had the unfortunate luck of teeing it up in the afternoon.
"It was the hardest conditions I've ever played in,'' Woods said in an interview with ESPN.com. "We weren't prepared for that weather. I don't think anyone was.''
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