Woods Gets Another Weekend Off

By Associated PressOctober 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World ResortLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two carts joined by a rubber hose drove down the 17th fairway to sweep the dew from the grass Saturday morning, making it look as though a path was being cleared for Tiger Woods to escape his mess.
 
He needed two birdies on his last two holes to make the cut.
 
From a sticky lie in the rough under a tree, his first shot wasn't even close to reaching the green.

Ten minutes later, Woods headed for the parking lot and drove his black Cadillac Escalade out of the gates. The only consolation for missing the cut in the Funai Classic at Disney was a short drive home.
 
``I had to play a great shot out of the trees and give myself a putt, which I didn't do,'' Woods said. ``I tried to hole the chip, and I didn't do that. I had to at least try to make a putt so I could eagle the last hole, and I didn't do that, either.''
 
A bogey on the 17th, followed by a par from the fairway bunker on the last hole, gave Woods a 1-over 73, matching his worst score in a tournament he has won twice.
 
He finished at 3-under 141, three shots below the cut. It was only the second time in 10 years on the PGA Tour that Woods missed the cut, and the second time this year.
 
And it was a powerful 1-2 punch at Disney, with Vijay Singh also missing the cut.
 
``Obviously, we both didn't play very well,'' Woods said. ``I can't speak for him, but as I said, I had a two-way miss and couldn't find a fairway that's 300 yards wide. If you're hitting it both ways, it's tough to play.''
 
It was only the fourth time in 184 professional starts on the PGA Tour that Woods failed to cash a check, having withdrawn from the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998 when it was delayed seven months by rain.
 
That started his record streak of 142 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour, which ended in May at the Byron Nelson Championship when he bogeyed the last hole to miss by one.
 
In that respect, missing the cut at Disney was easier to swallow.
 
``It wasn't the streak,'' Woods said when asked to compared Dallas with Disney. ``I was in the middle of the fairway, had an easily little shot, and all I had to do was dump it right of the hole, and I tugged it with the wind into the bunker, the one spot where you can't miss it, and made bogey.''
 
At Disney, he sprayed it just about everywhere but Typhoon Lagoon.
 
There was that tee shot into the trees on No. 5 that led to triple bogey. He went from one bunker to another on the par-3 12th for a double bogey, the first time since the 2000 Masters that he made triple bogey and double bogey in the same round.
 
``I was playing basketball this week -- I had a triple-double,'' Woods said.
 
Woods switched to Nike's new driver at Disney, but abandoned it for his old driver in the second round. He still was wild, not sure which way the ball was going and how to plan for it.
 
``Unfortunately, I just didn't have the swing to make it work,'' he said.
 
The week was not a total loss. Because Singh also missed the cut, Woods clinched the PGA Tour money title for the sixth time, ending Singh's two-year reign.
 
Asked if that was any kind of consolation, Woods shrugged and said, ``Not really.''
 
``If money titles meant anything, I'd play more tournaments,'' said Woods, who has not played more than 21 times since his first full season in 1997. ``The only thing that means a lot to me is winning. If I have more wins than anybody else and win more majors than anybody else in the same year, then it's been a good year.''
 
This was a bad week, giving Woods a rare weekend off and leaving the Funai Classic in dire need of star power. The only golf Woods planned to watch was the Stanford in the Isleworth-UCF Invitational at his home course.
 
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