Woods misses Quail Hollow cut
World number one Tiger Woods has suffered the ignominy of missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship.
World number one Tiger Woods suffered the ignominy of missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte on Friday.
Woods, playing in only his second event since taking a break from the sport in a bid to save his marriage after a series of extra-marital affairs became public knowledge, shot a 79 to finish nine over par for his two rounds.
Woods had only missed five cuts in 240 starts as a professional prior to this event.
He said: “I didn’t play well, and more importantly my short game wasn’t very good. I chipped poorly, putted poorly, but for the most part I didn’t really hit the ball that poorly until the end when it was already pretty much out of reach.”
Asked if it bothered him that he had missed the cut, Woods added: “It does bother me, no doubt. But at least I get the weekend to watch and see how it’s done, how real players play golf, and hopefully I can piece it together for next week and be ready to go.”
His last early exit came in the Open at Turnberry last year. Before that it was the 2006 US Open shortly after the death of his father Earl.
Woods’ last missed cut in a non-major was at the 2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World.
Any faint chances of avoiding a sixth missed cut disappeared on the 14th when he ran up a double-bogey six, missing the green and then pitching into the water.
And another double bogey on the next had the American in danger of surpassing his worst score as a professional – he shot 81 in horrendous conditions in the third round of the Open at Muirfield in 2002.
At the other end of the leaderboard, Billy Mayfair leads the way at eight under after another round of 68, with last year’s Masters winner Angel Cabrera one shot back after a round of 67.
JP Hayes shot the best round of the day with a 64 to take him into a share of third place alongside, among others, new Masters champion Phil Mickelson.
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