Tiger Woods failed to qualify for weekend play after rounds of 74 and 75 at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National, his first event since undergoing back surgery.
Woods had five bogeys, a double-bogey and three birdies in yesterday’s second round at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, finishing at 7-over-par 149, four shots beyond the 36-hole cut. It marked Woods’s first missed cut since the 2012 Wells Fargo (WFC:US) Championship, a streak of 26 tournaments.
The 14-time major tournament winner underwent back surgery in March and said he decided to play in the event because it supports his charitable foundation. Woods said his original goal was to return at next month’s British Open, and that he could take some positives from the two rounds.
“The fact that I was able to even play, I came back four weeks earlier than we thought I could,” he told reporters. “I had no setbacks. I got my feel for playing tournament golf.”
Australians Marc Leishman and Oliver Goss are tied with Americans Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed atop the leaderboard at 6 under par after two rounds.
After opening yesterday’s round with a 2-over-par 38 score on his first nine holes, which included a double-bogey on the par-4 fifth hole, Woods had a stretch of four consecutive bogeys from holes 11 through 14.
Woods has dropped to No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking since undergoing surgery on March 31 to repair a pinched nerve in his back. He completed one U.S. PGA Tour event this season, finishing 25th at the Cadillac Championship three weeks before his surgery, and missed the Masters Tournament in April and this month’s U.S. Open.
Woods is four wins shy of matching Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major titles and three away from tying Sam Snead’s 82 PGA Tour victories.
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