Tiger Woods missed the two-round cut at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship, his first event since last month’s Masters Tournament.
Woods finished two rounds at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, at even par, one shot outside of the cut line of 1 under. He tied for 75th place. The top 70 players, plus ties, advanced to weekend play.
The former No. 1-ranked golfer in the world began yesterday’s round on the 10th hole following a 1-under-par 71 in the first round. After a birdie on the 11th hole, Woods made bogeys on the next two holes. He followed another birdie on the 17th with a bogey on the 18th. With nine holes to play, Woods needed to make at least one birdie to have a better chance to continue playing. He was unable to.
“It was frustrating,” Woods told reporters. “I’ve missed my share of cuts in the past and they don’t feel good.”
The 36-year-old Woods, seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking, had last missed a cut at the PGA Championship in August -- where he finished two rounds at 10 over par, six shots beyond the cut line. He has missed the 36-hole cut seven other times in U.S. PGA Tour events as a professional.
Woods tied for 40th at last month’s Masters at 5 over par, his worst performance in golf’s first major tournament as a professional.
A lot of his current struggles are the result of swing changes Woods said he is still in the process of making under new swing coach Sean Foley.
“It takes time to get rid of old patterns,” Woods said. “It takes hundreds of thousands if not millions of golf balls, but eventually it comes around. We’ve changed a bunch of different things, and every now and again I fall into the same stuff, old stuff. That doesn’t work with a combo platter of old and new. I’ve had my share of successes, and I know it’s coming.”
Fan Takes Ball
On the par-5 fifth hole, Woods’s 14th of the day, his second shot landed far to the left, leading to an extensive search for the ball. After the ball couldn’t be found, a rules official allowed Woods to drop another ball, without penalty. He went on to par the hole.
“Based on the evidence I received, we determined that the ball was picked up by a fan,” Mark Russell, the tour’s head rules official, said in a statement.
Woods missed birdie putts on his final two holes, including one from about four feet on his 17th.
Nick Watney leads the tournament heading into weekend play at 12 under, one shot ahead of Webb Simpson and two in front of Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, D.A. Points and John Senden.
Woods is next scheduled to play at the Players championship, beginning May 10.
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