Woods Misses Cut for Only the Second Time
Tiger Woods bowed to the inevitable when he missed the cut at The 144TH Open Championship
The former World No. 1 had carded a four-over-par 76 in the opening round and at no stage in the second did he appear likely to repair the damage. He drifted to five-over-par after 11 holes of his second round and then on the resumption of play went on to drop shots at the 13TH, 14TH and 15TH before claiming some semblance of consolation with a birdie on the 16TH.
His three-over-par 75 left him stranded seven shots outside the cut line and marked just the second time the American had failed to make the last two rounds in 19 appearances in The Open Championship. The only other occasion came at Turnberry back in 2009 where he carded rounds of 71 and 74 to miss the qualification mark by a single shot.
“I only made three birdies in two days and that’s not very good,” he admitted. “The golf course wasn’t playing that hard. I just didn’t get much out of either of the two rounds.
“When I came in here, I felt I was playing well enough to win the event. But, on the very first hole on the first day, I fatted a sand wedge into the water. I fatted my three-iron off the tee and then fatted my eight-iron into the green on two, then drove it into a divot on four. It was just one thing after another. I had my opportunities, I just didn’t get the ball close enough, and then when I did, I didn’t make them.”
It is now some nine years since Woods won the last of his three Open titles at Hoylake in 2006, although he did not compete in the Championship in either 2008 or 2011. His 14TH and last Major victory came in the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.