AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the Masters (all times local):
Tiger Woods has nine holes left to play at the Masters.
The former world No. 1 and five-time Masters champion is clearly laboring as he walks the course at Augusta National. He's been using his clubs as makeshift canes on some of his walks, gently leaning on them from time to time.
He played the front nine in 2-over 38 on Sunday. That dropped him to 9 over for the tournament — good at that point for 46th place among the 52 players who made the cut.
Barring a very big rally, Woods will post his highest 72-hole score ever at the Masters. He shot 5-over 293 as an amateur in his Masters debut while finishing tied for 41st in 1995, then shot the same in 2012 when he slogged to a tie for 40th place.
Tiger Woods has teed off in his final round of this year's Masters.
Wearing his traditional Sunday red, Woods started the day 7 over for the tournament and obviously not in contention. The five-time Masters champion began the day 16 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler.
This was Woods' first official tournament since the pandemic-delayed Masters in November 2020. He had back surgery not long after that and then in February 2021 nearly lost his right leg when he crashed his car in the suburbs of Los Angeles.
Woods has been walking with a pronounced limp this week, but still defied long odds simply by getting back to Augusta National and able to play again. He's playing Sunday with reigning U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm.
Masters Sunday has arrived, and the first pairings are on the course at Augusta National.
Forecasters expect a warmer day for the final round of the Masters. There was some frost in the Augusta area overnight, but players who were playing Sunday morning at the Masters clearly didn't have as many layers of attire on as many did on Saturday when temperatures struggled to get out of the 40's.
Scottie Scheffler takes a three-shot lead into the final round. He'll tee off at 2:40 p.m. along with Cameron Smith.
Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama starts tied for 14th and begins at 1:10 p.m.
Tiger Woods begins his final round at 10:50 a.m.
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