Muirfield Village Golf Club has always been a special place for Tiger Woods. The course and tournament were founded by Jack Nicklaus and became one of the closest to Wood’s heart as he won here five times. His career defining numbers were also scored here. He scored his highest score-85, as a pro in this place while playing in 2015. This was also the last time he visited the club.
Talking to the media on Wednesday Woods said, “I didn’t want to have anyone watch me play the way I was playing.” His score also included a career-first of 40 or worse in two nines, in which he scored 42 and 43 respectively. In seven holes, we have 2 over par and the last 11 holes went 11-over. His spectacular performance on field was matched with two double bogeys, one birdies, six bogeys and a quadruple-bogey 8 on the last hole.
Wood commented, “Unfortunately, that’s all I had. I take pride in throughout the years of never bagging it. I’ve tried in every single round to fight to the end. Unfortunately, that week I think I shot 85. I’ve had (a few) rounds in the 80s in my career, and unfortunately that was the highest one I’ve ever had.” He noted that it didn’t feel too good to him “but it is what it is. I tried and, unfortunately on this golf course, hitting it as bad as I did it just wasn’t good enough.”
He has shot scores over 80 only four times during his entire career as a pro. The first of these was in 2002 at Muirfield. He shot a third-round 81 during The Open. The second of these scores came at Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2015 where he shot an 82. Later, in 2015, he shot an 80 playing at the US Open. He came close to the number at the Memorial, where he scored a 74 in the final round.
Caddie Joe LaCava said, “I don’t remember much of the round. Clearly, we know now he was hurting back then. He had a lot of troubles, but I know I can tell you that he was trying hard.” The celebrated golfer was facing back issues because of which he had three surgeries and a spinal fusion in that year.
The Golden Bear Nicklaus has 73 PGA tour wins and 18 major titles. Woods toppled this record with 79 PGA Tour wins but had only 14 major titles. Before turning 40, Nicklaus has six high scores while Woods has managed four. Overall, he had over 16 high scores, the highest of which was 85, which he achieved during the 2003 Masters, playing at the ripe age of 63. Woods, on the other hand, still has time to reach close to these numbers.
Though the golfer would like to forget his 85 shooting, a lot of other players still regard his performance at the club one of his best ever. The beauty of his shots has remained fresh in the minds of people like Zac Blair, who played the 2015 tournament as a rookie.