‘I missed a lot of them’: Tiger sets unwanted record as Masters millions – and LIV influence – revealed


A day after setting a tournament record in the Masters, Tiger Woods has suffered an unwanted milestone at Augusta National.

Woods insisted he could challenge for a 16th major title after playing 23 holes on Friday to make a record 24th consecutive cut, but slumped to a third round of 10-over-par 82 instead.

That left the 15-time major winner 11 over in total.

The 48-year-old’s previous worst Masters scores both came in 2022, when he shot 78 in the third and fourth rounds.

Woods followed a bogey on the fourth with a superb birdie on the difficult par-4 fifth, but then bogeyed the sixth and ran up a double bogey on the seventh.

The 15-time major winner also made a double bogey on the par-five eighth and dropped another shot on the ninth in a front nine of 42.

Woods made five more bogeys, and a birdie on the 13th, in a back nine of 40 in what was his 99th round in the Masters.

“I wasn’t hitting it very good or putting well,” a disappointed Woods said.

Tiger Woods makes a lengthy birdie putt on No. 5. #themasters pic.twitter.com/bm3zw6cllK

— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 13, 2024

“I didn’t have a very good warm-up session and I kept it going all day today. Just hit the ball in all the places that I know I shouldn’t hit it.

“And I missed a lot of putts. Easy, makeable putts. I missed a lot of them.”

Woods, who had played just 24 holes of competitive golf in 2024 before this week, added: “It’s just that I haven’t competed and played much.

“When I had chances to get it flipped around, and when I made that putt at five, I promptly three-putted six and flub a chip at seven and just got it going the wrong way.”

Woods acknowledged he had been worn out by Friday’s marathon day, but insisted he would be back for the fourth round.

“My team will get me ready. It will be a long night and a long warm-up session, but we’ll be ready,” he said.

It was just the fifth round Woods has shot in the 80s as a professional, and only the third in a major.

Bryson DeChambeau bounces back to five under par with a birdie on No. 14. #themasters pic.twitter.com/epUlutFG5K

— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 13, 2024

He had an 80 in the first round of the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay, and an 81 in the third round of the 2002 British Open at Muirfield.

While Tiger won’t be competed for the top dollars, just how much is on offer for the winners has been revealed.

In a further sign that golf’s prize-money war is spiralling out of control, this year’s Masters winner will pocket an eye-watering $US3.6 million ($A5.5 million).

And that is still not even as much as last week’s LIV Golf Miami winner Dean Burmester received.

Burmester, who didn’t qualify for the year’s first major championship at Augusta National, took home $6.1 million. 

Tournament officials on Saturday said players who made the weekend cut would share a purse of $US20 million ($A30.8 million) – the same as the US PGA Tour’s eight “Signature” events introduced this season in response to the insane prize money being offered to the LIV Golf defectors.

The Masters runner-up on Sunday will collect $US2.16 million ($A3.3 million) and 50th placegetter will bank $US50,400 ($A78,000).

To put the inflationary prize pools in perspective, this year’s victor will receive more than the entire purse that was offered when Tiger Woods won his first green jacket in 1997.

Masters prize money:

1. $US3.6 million ($A5.5 million)

2. $US2.16 million ($A3.3 million)

3. $US1.36 million ($A2.1 million)

4. $US960,000 ($A1.5 million)

5. $US800,000 ($A1.2 million)

6. $US720,000 ($A1.1 million)

7. $US670,000 ($1 million)

8. $US620,000 ($US955,000)

9. $US580,000 ($A890,000)

10. $US540,000 ($A832,000)

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