SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tiger Woods’ first start of the year was brief.
Woods carded an 11-over 82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his worst score as a professional on the PGA Tour. At 13 over, he was in last place among the 132-man field when he finished his round.
“We all have days like this,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, you know, mine was in a public forum, in a public setting.”
Woods needed a sub-par round to have any chance of making the cut, but things unraveled quickly at TPC Scottsdale. An unplayable lie led to a double bogey on No. 14, his fifth hole of the day, and he followed with a triple-bogey 8 on the 15th after hitting his drive in the water.
Woods’ final tally: two birdies, six bogeys, two double bogeys and a triple bogey.
As was the case in the opening round, Woods was plagued by poor chipping which, again, he attributed to the transition in mechanics he is making under the tutelage of new swing coach Chris Como.
“I was caught right between patterns, just old pattern, new pattern,” he said. “And I got better, more committed to what I was doing on my back nine and hit some better shots, but still got a lot of work to do.”
Woods went out in 44, tying a career-high for nine-hole score that he set at the 2013 Memorial. The 18-hole score of 82 surpassed the 81 that he shot during blustery conditions at the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield.
Woods won’t have much time to try to find his form. He is scheduled to play next week at the Farmers Insurance Open, an event he has won seven times, most recently in 2013.