Tiger Woods birdied the 18th hole to cap a round of 69, but it wasn't enough to make the cut.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Tiger Woods’ first trip to The Greenbrier Classic was a short one.
Woods shot 69 Friday to miss the cut by a stroke at The Old White TPC. It was the ninth missed cut of Woods’ career and marked just the second time that he’s missed two cuts in the same season.
He also missed the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship earlier this year.
“I didn’t quite have it,” Woods said. “I just did not have the feel for the distances. The ball was just going forever. I didn’t hit the ball pin high, and that’s one of the hallmarks of my game. I can hit pin high pretty consistently and I just did not do that at all.”
Earlier in the day, Phil Mickelson shot 71 to finish 2 over and also miss the cut. It was the first time Woods and Mickelson missed the cut in the same event as professionals.
The only previous time both failed to make the cut in a PGA TOUR event was at the 1993 HP Byron Nelson Championship. Woods was in high school and competing as an amateur.
“It happens,” Woods said. “We miss cuts out here.”
Everyone but Woods, that is.
The only other time Woods didn’t make it to the weekend twice in the same season was in 2005 when he missed the cut at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort.
It was also just the third time in Woods’ career that he missed the cut in his next start following a victory. In 2005, he won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, then missed the cut at Disney. In 2009, he won the AT&T National, then missed the cut at the British Open.
Woods arrived at The Greenbrier Classic off a victory at last week’s AT&T National, where all facets of his game seemed to be clicking.
Here, they weren’t.
While Woods drove the ball well -- he hit 75 percent of his fairways for the week -- other parts of his game weren’t as sharp. He was in the middle of the pack in greens in regulation and took 59 putts over two days.
“It’s tough to come here for the first time and really trust the numbers because the ball really does go a long ways,” said Webb Simpson, who was paired with Woods and took the overnight lead at 9 under after a 66 Friday.
Even when Woods did find the putting surface, he didn’t give himself many birdie opportunities.
“I had my distance control dialed in [at the AT&T National] and this week I was hitting balls so far,” Woods said. “My sand wedge was going 142, 145, wedges going 160. Those are numbers I don’t normally hit.”
Even when he did, he failed to convert, missing four putts from inside 10 feet on Friday, including a couple par saves on the back nine.
After returning from a 90-minute delay due to weather, Woods faced a 13-footer for birdie on the ninth hole. He missed it and followed with bogeys on each of the next two holes, leaving a greenside chip shot in the rough on No. 10 before missing an 8-foot par putt on No. 11.
He’d also missed from 7 feet to save par on No. 3 and failed in his birdie bid from 6 feet on No. 5.
Woods made three birdies over his final seven holes, but it wasn’t enough.
In his career, Woods missed just four cuts in his first 231 starts on TOUR as a professional. He’s now missed four cuts in his last 41 starts.
“You can see the people, how excited they were,” Woods said about playing in The Greenbrier Classic for the first time. “It’s a fun crowd to play in front of. Unfortunately it was only for a couple days.”