The 155-yard bar-three is in front of the 12th Race Creek, with three bunkers in the back, which is a treacherous test for the best as the 15-time main champion found his expense on Sunday.
Among last year’s masters editors, his closest rivals Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koypka, Ian Bulder and Tony Finaw discovered water before green, but this time Woods did it three times on the way to the top 10 – the highest single his career full score.
Woods, who was under the age of three at the time, hit his first tee shot at Ray’s Creek, which was the reason for his initial shock. But it was so bad.
Taking a penalty drop, he hit his next shot in the green, but it spun back into the water, exaggerating with his fifth shot, before firing into the bunker in the green.
Faced with a difficult position in the bunker, Woods slammed his shot back into Ray’s Creek.
After taking another drop, Woods knocked it out of the bunker in his eighth place before two-pointers from the green edge for his double-digit score.
Returning for four overs, Woods returned with a stunning five in the next six holes in the usual style, but suffered damage as he finished 76 rounds in one over on the 12th.
Woods said the change in wind direction over the hole made him fox with his first shot from the tee.
“I also pushed it further than that because I thought the wind was coming in more from the right side and it was on the left side and it started the problem from there,” he said.
“From there I hit a lot of shots and had a lot of experience at Race Creek.
“It’s like any other game, you’re alone there, you have to find it, you have to fight, no one is going to bring you up the hill or call a mate, you have to find it out, I came in,” he said.