Woods Consecutive Cut Streak Snapped


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.
Tiger Woods
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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