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May 4 2012

11:18 PM

Tiger shoots 73, misses cut

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Tiger Woods struggled with 33 putts Friday at Quail Hollow.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tiger Woods had seven missed cuts in 266 starts as a professional. After a 1-over 73 Friday at Quail Hollow, he added an eighth.

Woods finished his two rounds in even par at the Wells Fargo Championship -- and one shot outside the current cut line of 1 under. Woods, who also missed the cut here in 2010, had never missed the cut twice in the same event.

For the second straight day, Woods struggled with his accuracy off the tee, hitting just 43 percent of his fairways. He was also ineffective with his putter, taking 33 putts to give up more than two strokes to the field in putting.

After making the turn in 1 over on the back nine, Woods was unable to muster any momentum on the front, making nine straight pars. That included one on the par-5 fifth hole, where he received a free drop after a fan reportedly pocketed his ball following an errant tee shot into the gallery.

The ruling didn’t matter. Woods was unable to make birdie and also failed to do so on the par-5 seventh.

One hole later, Woods missed a golden opportunity after nearly driving the short par-4 eighth and chipping to 4 feet. But his putt lipped out and he had to settle for par.

Needing a birdie on the long par-4 ninth to reach red figures for the week, Woods’ approach from 182 yards came up 50 feet short of the hole. He left his lengthy birdie attempt 5 feet short and made par.

The last time Woods previously missed the cut was at last year’s PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, where he shot 77-73. Woods’ other missed cuts came at the 1997 Canadian Open, 2005 Byron Nelson Championship, 2005 Children’s Miracle Network Classic, 2006 U.S. Open and 2009 British Open.

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