Scottsdale, United States: Former World No 1 Tiger Woods fired his worst score as a professional, an 11-over par 82, to miss the cut at the US PGA Phoenix Open on Friday.
Woods stood last at 13-over 155 for the tournament, his first tour event since last August after recovering from a back injury, and said he was healthy but simply needs more tournament work to try and recover his top form.
Tiger Woods . PIC/AFP
“I’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Woods said. “I’ve got to continue with the process. I’ve got to keep things in perspective. Sometimes it’s difficult. No doubt about it.”
Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, is assured of missing the cut for only the 13th time in his pro career.
He will have missed the cut at least once in each year since 2008, when he won his most recent major title at the US Open at Torrey Pines. Woods is set to play a tour event next week at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times but last year struggled and missed a secondary 54-hole cut.
In his first event since turning 39 last month, Woods opened with a 73 on Thursday but struggled almost from the time he began Friday off the 10th tee. After a bogey at 11, Woods made a double bogey at the par-4 14 and triple bogey at par-5 15, then took back-to-back bogeys at 17 and 18 to make the turn 8-over, the 44 matching the worst nine holes of his career.
“It was not a good day from the very start. I was fighting all day.” His first birdie of the day came at the fifth but he
followed with back-to-back bogeys before a birdie at eight and a closing bogey that made it the worst round of his pro career.