Woods Consecutive Cut Streak Snapped

By Sports NetworkMay 13, 2005, 4:00 pm
IRVING, Texas -- Tiger Woods saw his streak of 142 consecutive cuts made come to an end Friday as the top-ranked player in the world struggled to a 2-over 72 at Cottonwood Valley and will miss the weekend at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
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Tiger Woods exits the 18th green Friday after missing his first cut since 1998.
Woods had only missed two other cuts since turning professional in 1996. He shot 70-76 to miss the cut by one stroke at the 1997 Canadian Open, then was charged with a missed cut at the El Nino-disrupted Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 1998 when he chose not to return to complete the tournament over six months later.
'I just had a tough day,' Woods said. 'The wind blowing this hard, just didn't quite have the swing where I needed to put it. I made some silly mistakes out there, too.'
Woods' streak began at the 1998 Buick Invitational and he had flirted with the cut line on occasion. He tied Byron Nelson's record of 113 at the 2003 Funai Classic, having already passed the likes of Jack Nicklaus (105) and Hale Irwin (86) along the way.
Of all of Woods' accomplishments, the cut streak exemplified his endurance throughout his PGA Tour career, one that has earned him nine major championships and 43 titles overall.
Woods, who had finished in the top 5 in his last four appearances at the Byron Nelson Championship, began Friday at 1 under par in the wind at Cottonwood Valley. He parred his first five holes before his second shot to the par-4 sixth stopped within 7 feet of the hole. Woods converted the birdie try to move to minus-2, but from that point on he was holding on for dear life.
The reigning Masters champion stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 ninth to make the turn at 1 under. Woods, who was struggling off the tee throughout his second round, had problems on the greens as well, and missed a 5-foot par putt at the 13th.
The cut line moved to accommodate Woods' struggles, but he was unable to take advantage. Woods hit his second shot into a bunker at the par-4 15th and left himself a long chance for par. Woods two-putted for a bogey to drop to plus-1.
Woods responded at the par-5 16th, despite another poor drive. He found the rough off the tee, but hit a remarkable second shot reminiscent of so many incredible shots he has hit before.
Woods' approach rolled onto the putting surface and came to rest 20 feet from the hole. Staring down an eagle, Woods missed his putt and settled for a birdie to get back to even par.
The 29-year-old found the green at the par-3 17th and rolled his putt over a ridge within a foot of the hole. He tapped in for par and seemed to be in control when his tee shot at the 18th found the fairway.
Woods was unlucky with his second shot, however, and watched as his ball carried into a bunker. His third shot from the sand rolled 15 feet past the cup and he left his par try right of the hole to miss the cut for the third time in his career as a professional with a 36-hole total of 1-over-par 141, one shot below the cut line.
'I fight all the way in. That's how I am,' said Woods. 'I think that's indicative to the longevity of the streak. You've got to give it everything you've got.'
The longest current streak now belongs to Ernie Els, who shot a second-round, 2-over 72 to finish 36 holes at minus-4. This will be the 20th straight cut made for the three-time major winner.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.