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Masters 2022: Matthew Wolff's year from hell continues with club snap, failed putt from bunker

The year 2022 has been nothing short of disastrous for Matthew Wolff, who seemingly reached his breaking point at last month's Players Championship. It was at TPC Sawgrass where Wolff, right before officially missing the cut, casually tossed his club into the water on the 18th hole.

Nearly one month later, those frustrations have not been quelled. After a not-so-great showing at the WGC Match Play, Wolff arrived at Augusta National hoping to find some magic, but the on-course struggles have only worsened.

Early in his round, after a poor tee shot, Wolff leaned on his club so hard it snapped, making one of the cleanest club-snap sounds you'll ever hear:

A few holes later, at the par-4 seventh, Wolff found the back bunker with his approach shot. Already at four over on his round, Wolff really needed a par, and rather than trying to be extra-precise with his bunker shot, he attempted to putt it out of the sand and on to the green. Not surprisingly, it went poorly:

Yeesh. Believe it or not, he did get up and down for bogey from there. Then he made another bogey at the par-5 eighth, got one back with a birdie at No. 9, and has since gone bogey-bogey at 10 and 11. As it stands, he is in dead last at seven over. 

Not to add insult to injury, but this continues what has been a brutal start to Wolff's Masters career. In 2020, after he'd already posted a T-4 at the PGA Championship and a second at the U.S. Open, he missed the cut thanks to a second-round 77. In 2021, he was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Barring a miraculous turnaround, he's on his way to missing the weekend for a third straight time.