Planet Golf — 16 July 2015 by GW staff and news services
Tiger misses cut; can he ever recover?

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — For nearly two decades, golf fans have been accustomed to seeing Tiger Woods regularly make history.

On Saturday at St. Andrews, though, the former World No. 1 did something he had never done before. He missed his second straight cut in a major championship.

Woods, who was 11 strokes shy of playing the weekend at Chambers Bay last month, finished 36 holes of The Open Championship at 7 over. Only players at even par or better through 36 holes at the Old Course will play the final two rounds.

How rare is Woods’ early exit? Well, the missed cut was just Woods’ sixth in 69 major appearances as a pro. He has made 301 starts on the PGA Tour and missed just 14 cuts — and never had three in one season before Saturday.

“I felt like I was playing well enough to win this event,” Woods said after finishing off a round of 75 in the weather-delayed second round. “… I had my opportunities, I just didn’t get the ball close enough, and then when I did, I didn’t make them.”

The tone for the week was set early on Thursday as Woods hit a sand wedge fat into the burn on the first hole. He bogeyed the second, too, and eventually made the turn in 40 on the way to a 76 that was his worst in an Open as a pro.

Woods was 1 over in his rain-delayed second round when he returned to face a bogey putt at the 13th hole on Saturday. That was the first of three straight bogeys, finally halted by what was just Woods’ third birdie of the week.

“That’s not very good,” he said. “The golf course wasn’t playing that hard. I just didn’t get much out of any of the two rounds.”

Woods, who hasn’t finished higher than 17th this year and hasn’t won since the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, will make his next start at the Quicken Loans National he hosts in 11 days.

“I’m just not scoring,” Woods said. “Every opportunity I have to make a key putt or hit an iron shot in there stiff with a short iron and get some momentum going, I haven’t done that. I haven’t gotten anything out of my rounds.”

At least he still has his sense of humor. A reporter asked Woods about the next time The Open Championship is played at the Old Course in 2020 or ’21.

“I’ll probably have less hair then and hopefully a little better game,” he said.

 

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