UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Tiger Woods’ brief stay in the Pacific Northwest has come to a close.
Woods showed few signs of improvement after an opening-round 80 at the U.S. Open, carding a 6-over 76 in Round 2. The 36-hole total of 156 is the highest of his career, and it left him ahead of only one player in the 156-man field, Darren Clarke, when he finished his round.
“On a golf course like this, you can get exposed and you have to be precise and dialed in. Obviously I didn’t have that,” Woods said. “Obviously I need to get a little better for the British Open, and I’ll keep working at it.”
This is just the second time that Woods has missed the cut in 17 starts as a professional at the U.S. Open. He also missed the cut in 2006 at Winged Foot. The 14-time major champion is expected to drop out of the top 200 in the world rankings.
Woods opened with a bogey on No. 10, the 10th time in his last 11 rounds that he has started his round with a blemish. While a birdie on No. 1, his 10th hole of the day, brought him back to 1 over for the round, he closed with five bogeys across his final eight holes.
Woods bogeyed each of his last three holes, three-putting each green, and he made only three birdies for the week.
“I hit it a little bit better today, but again I made nothing today,” said Woods, who took 37 putts. “I didn’t make any putts the first two days. I hit it better today, hitting some spots where I could hit some putts. I made nothing.”
Dating back to his third-round 85 at the Memorial, Woods has now played his last 72 competitive holes in 31 over par. Despite his latest struggles, Woods remains committed to his previously-announced schedule of events, and plans to tee it up at the Greenbrier Classic in two weeks followed by the Open Championship.
“I’m playing the same events,” he said. “My schedule is set for the summer, and I’m playing every other week. I’m excited about it.”