Woods misses cut at Quicken Loans National
June 27, 2014
- Tiger Woods shot 74-75 during the first two rounds at Congressional. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BETHESDA, Md. -- Tiger Woods' first tournament start in three months ended in disappointment for him, as well as his many fans, with a missed cut at the Quicken Loans National.
Woods, who had microdiscectomy surgery in March to repair a pinched nerve in his back, was clearly out of sorts with his game on Friday as he shot a 75. He ended 36 holes at the tournament he hosts with a 7-over total of 149.
Even so, Woods said he had a "lot of positives" in the two rounds.
"Even though I missed the cut by four shots; the fact that I was able to even play," he said. "I came back four weeks earlier than we thought I could. I had no setbacks. I got my feel for playing tournament golf.
"I made a ton of little, simple little mistakes, misjudging things and missing the ball on the wrong sides and just didn't get up-and-down on little simple shots. Those are the little things I can correct, which is nice."
Woods' next tournament is expected to be The Open Championship, as he resumes his quest to eclipse Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 professional majors. Woods has been stuck at 14 since winning the 2008 U.S. Open.
"I'm going to take my kids on a nice little vacation, which will be nice, next week, and start gearing up," Woods said.
The Open will be played at Royal Liverpool, which is where Woods last won the Claret Jug in 2006.
The early exit was just the 10th of Woods' career as a pro, which now spans 299 starts. His last missed cut came two years ago at The Greenbrier Classic -- a stretch of 103 weeks.
Even after Woods seemed to get some momentum on Friday with birdies at Nos. 9 and 10, the wheels quickly came off as he followed with four straight bogeys. At that point, it was essentially only a matter of how many shots short he'd fall off a weekend date at Congressional.
Woods did get up and down from the front of the green at the par-5 16th but he missed a 4-footer for another birdie at No. 17 that might have made the final score slightly more palatable. But it didn't change the final outcome or that fact that work needs to be done before he heads to the UK.
Woods only hit 16 of 28 fairways in the two rounds. He missed 16 greens over 36 holes, eight each day, and used a total of 61 putts, including 30 on Friday.
The last time Woods had four straight bogeys was the third round of this year's Farmers Insurance Open. He started on the back nine that day and actually double bogeyed Nos. 18 and 1 before reeling off five straight bogeys. Woods finished with a 79 there.
Tiger Woods news conference from Round 2 at Quicken Loans