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Posted November 15, 2020, 12:20 pm
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No, Tiger Woods' 10 is not highest score ever on the 12th hole at the Masters

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    Tom Weiskopf at the 1975 Masters. [FILE/THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE]

Tiger Woods posted a 10 on the par-3 12th hole in the final round of the Masters on Sunday, the highest score he’s ever taken on one hole in his professional career.

But it’s not the worst score ever on Golden Bell, the diabolical middle hole of the three-hole stretch known as Amen Corner at Augusta National.

No, the worst score ever on the 12th is a 13 that Tom Weiskopf posted in 1980.

“I was really upset because it was stupidity,’’ Weiskopf told USA TODAY Sports in 2018 of his misadventure during which five balls ended up in the water.

In 2018, Sergio Garcia took a 13 on the 15th hole, joining Weiskopf and Tommy Nakajima as co-owners of the record for highest single-hole score recorded at the Masters. Nakajima’s 13 came on the 13th hole in 1978.

“I don’t like to be one of the three that is always going to be mentioned as making the highest score on any hole. But it sure doesn’t haunt me,” Weiskopf said.

Weiskopf, who won the 1973 British Open as well as 16 PGA Tour events, does have a funny story about his 13, when the gallery included his now-former wife along with good friend Tom Culver, who Weiskopf said was notorious for pulling out used golf balls on holes with water.

“My wife is in tears and the gallery was in shock,’’ Weiskopf said. “There was mostly dead silence. And Tom Culver says to my wife, ‘You don’t suppose he was using new balls every time, do you?’ “

Josh Peter of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this article.