SAN DIEGO – In the wake of one of Tiger Woods’ worst rounds as a pro, it’s the question on virtually every golf fan’s mind:
How will the world No. 1 bounce back after he missed the secondary cut at Torrey Pines?
Saturday’s 79 here matched his second-worst score as a pro. He needed to chip in for par and make a 9-foot par putt on his last two holes just to stay out of the 80s. Only his third-round 81 in terrible conditions at the 2002 British Open was worse.
Because the Open in ’02 was an extraordinary case – a fluke weather day in what was a five-win, two-major season – Woods dusted himself off, returned to the Tour two weeks later and won the Buick Open.
Woods also shot 79 in the third round of the 2013 Memorial and second round of the 2010 Wells Fargo.
How did he fare in his next start?
Last year, after the Memorial, he teed it up at the U.S. Open at Merion and tied for 32nd. Back in 2010, and clearly not healthy, he played the very next week at the Players and withdrew because of injury.
His bounce backs after missed cuts – just 10 worldwide as a pro – are more telling, however. In a few cases, there were quick fixes.
Last year, after failing to play the weekend in Abu Dhabi, he flew here and won by four shots at Torrey Pines.
Other recent missed cuts, and his follow-up performances:
• 2012 Wells Fargo: the following week, he finished T-40 at the Players
• 2012 Greenbrier: two weeks later, he tied for third at the British Open
• 2011 PGA: didn’t play again for seven weeks, then tied for 30th at the Frys
• 2010 Wells Fargo: withdrew the following week from the Players
• 2009 British Open: two weeks later, he won the Buick Open
• 2006 U.S. Open: three weeks later, he tied for second at the Western Open
Woods won’t have much time to shake off this disappointment, either. He is playing in this week’s European Tour event in Dubai.