Tiger Woods goes backward after ‘long days’ at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods began the Masters third round Saturday four shots out of the lead. By day’s end at Augusta National, Woods was 11 shots out of the lead held by Dustin Johnson.

Woods spent his third round running in place, shooting an even-par 72, while most of the rest of the contenders lapped him. He stands exactly where he did before he teed off his third round — 5-under par — and he will not be defending his Masters title Sunday.

“Tuesday was a long, tough day for me [the emotions of hosting the Champions Dinner], but I have not thought about [Sunday] yet,’’ Woods said. “I was focused on trying to get myself in contention going into [Sunday]. We’ll see how emotional it’ll be after [Sunday’s] round.’’

Asked how his back was feeling after having to complete his second round before playing his third on Saturday, Woods said, “These are long days. We’ve been at it for quite some time. It’s just part of the deal. If you have long days like this, I’m going to get a little bit sore, which I definitely am.’’

Two amateurs made the cut — Andy Ogletree, the 2019 U.S. Amateur winner, and John Augenstein, the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up.

Ogletree, 22, who played at Georgia Tech and is from Mississippi, shot 1-under par in the first two rounds and shot 71 in his third round to stand at 2-under par. Augenstein, 23, went to Vanderbilt and is from Kentucky, shot 3-under in the first two rounds and shot 75 in his third round to stand at even par.

So, Ogletree has a chance to one-up Augenstein again Sunday, this time as Masters low amateur.

“It felt like a weight off my shoulders to make the cut, first of all,’’ Ogletree said. “There was definitely some pressure playing with Tiger [the first two rounds]. Every shot that you hit is watched all over the world. I mean, I’m not going to shy away from that.’’

As for being low am, he said, “I’m just trying to make as many birdies as I can and play my best golf. If that turns out to be low am, I’m super thrilled with that. That’s every amateur’s goal that plays here is to win low am.’’

Ogletree, who’s weighing his options to turn pro, has played in three PGA Tour events since June, missing the cut in all three. He missed the cut in the U.S. Open at Winged Foot. He had, however, played Augusta National 11 times before this week, either with the Georgia Tech golf team or on his own after winning the Amateur.

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