CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The new and improved Tiger Woods took a test on Friday at Quail Hollow. The guy that swings the club lost, but the guy who is trying to be a better person took a step in the right direction.
For just the second time since 2006 Woods missed the cut, shooting a second-round 79 for a 9 over total that was eight shots clear of the weekend and, perhaps even more concerning, 15 adrift of playing partner Angel Cabrera.
“I get the weekend off,” a surprisingly relaxed Woods said. “I get to watch how it’s done. How real players play golf.”When Woods made the turn he was still within reach of the weekend, but he stumbled with a bogey. He played his next five holes in 6 over to ruin whatever chances remained.
“I didn’t have much at that point in time,” said Woods, who hadn’t missed a cut at a regular Tour event since 2005 at Walt Disney World. “It was pretty much out of reach and I just wanted to stay out of Angel’s way.”
Cabrera said he didn’t pay much attention to Woods’ play on Friday, but fellow playing partner Stewart Cink did do some watching.
“He hit a bunch of crooked shots off the tee and didn’t have that heroic short game,” Cink said.
Woods said he will use the time off to prepare for next week’s Players Championship and may head to TPC Sawgrass early because, “Isleworth’s (greens) are torn up.”