US Masters final round live: Tiger's meltdown, Aussie chasing leader

Even your worst weekend hacker would have struggled to do as badly as Tiger Woods in this incredible par-three nightmare.

Johnson leading the way

Tiger Woods had one hole to forget.

Tiger Woods crumbled, Australia’s Cameron Smith is charging, but Dustin Johnson leads as the Masters reaches an exciting conclusion.

Johnson led by four strokes entering the final round but Smith closed the gap to two shots with a three-under front nine.

Woods endured a horror show, shooting a 10 on the par-three 12th hole as he plummeted out of contention.

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Tiger Woods suffered the worst hole of his major career. Picture: Getty

Defending champion Tiger Woods made a nightmare 10, his worst score on any major hole, on the par-3 12th at Augusta National in the final round of the Masters.

The first double-digit major score by the 15-time major winner dropped him from 3-under to 4-over for the tournament.

Woods sent his first two shots into Rae’s Creek, the water in front of the tricky 155-yard layout in the heart of fabled Amen Corner.

He punched his third from a rescue area into a bunker, then blasted out of the sand only to roll the ball down a slope and back into the creek.

Woods finally chipped onto the the green with his eighth and two-putted to end the horror show.
Success at the 12th was one of the things that helped Woods capture his 15th major title and fifth green jacket a year ago.

Woods was bothered by back issues for the second day in a row, using his wedge to support his weight as he climbed out of the bunker behind the green after finishing his sand blasting.

Aussie closes on front nine

Australia's Cameron Smith is closing. Picture: Getty

South Korea’s Im Sung-jae, birdied the par-5 second and the third and climbed within a stroke of Johnson at one stage, but bogeys at the sixth and seventh answered by a birdie at the eighth left him third on 13-under.

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, chasing a green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam, made three birdies on the front nine but a bogey to begin the back nine dropped him to fifth on 10-under, one behind South African Dylan Frittelli and seven behind Johnson.

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