Tiger Woods is going in the wrong direction on his first nine at the Masters. Woods, who opened with two straight missed fairways, has yet to make a birdie through his first six holes. He did, however, drop a shot on No. 5 with one of the worst lag putts of his career at Augusta National.
The pressure was on Tiger early to pick up a couple birdies and put a scare in the leaders, but he's been grinding through the first six holes. It's been his short game -- wedges and putting -- that propelled him back to the No. 1 ranking in the world, but on No. 5 he badly misjudged a lengthy putt up to the second tier on that large putting surface. Woods left his approach shot down below on the front right of the green, and he left his birdie lag putt about 15 feet short of the cup, barely up to the second tier. From there, he could not get home with the lengthy par putt and dropped back to 2-under, a full six shots off the pace.
Woods had an opportunity to get one back on the par-3 sixth, but another moderate-length putt from the back edge just burned the right side of the hole. There's significant rain now dumping on the greens, so the pace may not be what Tiger expected, but he's clearly struggling with the putter. With a third of his round already passed, and a six-shot deficit, he's going to have to go crazy with that club on his final 12 holes just to get back in the mix.