Tiger vs. Magill — who was worse?
Tiger Woods made news with his stunningly bad Saturday at the Memorial. He was better on Sunday — good enough to avoid shattering every personal worst for a tournament. Still, his four days in Dublin, Ohio, were arguably his worst weekend ever.
But does that match the depths of despair that Dodgers pitcher Matt Magill reached in his one brief, albeit inauspicious, moment in the sun on Sunday? Let's take a look, by the numbers.
44 — His front-nine score on Saturday, the worst nine-hole score of his career.
20 — Strokes he finished behind the winner, the furthest he has ever finished behind the winner in a full-field event in which he made the cut.
65 — Woods finished tied for 65th, his worst finish on the PGA Tour since a tie for 78th at the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (which has no cut). His worst finish in a tournament which has a cut before this weekend was a tie for 67th at the 1997 Memorial.
0 — Perhaps the most stunning statistic of all, Woods did all of this damage to his scorecard without being assessed a single penalty; he actually took 296 strokes.
2 — Number of strokes away from his worst career four-round score in terms of strokes. He shot a 296 this weekend; he shot a 298 at the 2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
The 23-year-old was called up Sunday after Los Angeles' scheduled starter, Hyun-Jin Ryu was scratched from his scheduled start with a sore foot. And the location of Magill's fifth career MLB start? Colorado, of course.
The final score? Rockies 7, Dodgers 2. A result both awful and historic.
2 — Home runs he surrendered to Dexter Fowler.
2 — Home runs he surrendered to Rockies not named Dexter Fowler.
6 — The number of innings pitched by Magill.
6 — The number of innings in which Magill walked at least one batter.
9 — Total number of walks admitted by Magill.
1 — The number of pitchers in the live-ball era (beginning in 1920) to give up four home runs and walk nine batters in the same game.
Sure, Tiger is the bigger name. And his stumble at Muirfield Village (if you buy the theory that he is still the man to beat at the US Open) was all the more surprising considering he entered the weekend on a roll. And, yes, Magill could be a guy who is out of the bigs in a year. But when you become the ONLY player to do something in MLB history, you stand alone in the last 93-plus years of baseball, you win.