Woods misses second straight cut in a major

By Jay CoffinJuly 18, 2015, 7:46 pm

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Tiger Woods slapped it around the Old Course for the better part of three days. Sure, he made it to the weekend in the Open Championship, but only because of weather delays.

Woods now has missed the cut in consecutive majors for the first time. This also marks the first time he’s recorded three missed cuts on the PGA Tour in a season as a professional. He missed only five cuts on Tour from 1997-2009.

Over 36 holes on a benign Old Course, a place Woods made his own personal playground with victories in 2000 and 2005, he collected only three birdies and made 10 bogeys. Woods shot 76-75 for a 7-over-par total and tied for 147th place. He missed the cut by seven shots.

“I hit the ball solid, it’s just that it wasn’t getting through the wind,” Woods said in a comment that left some scratching their collective heads. “I don’t know what was causing that, and it’s something that we’re going to have to take a look at.”

Dustin Johnson didn’t seem to have a problem with hitting the ball through the wind. He leads at 10 under. Neither did Woods’ playing partners Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen, who are both three shots off the lead.

Woods completed 12 holes of his second round on Friday and was well off the cut line when he returned on Saturday. When play finally resumed in the afternoon after a 10-plus-hour wind delay, Woods promptly made three consecutive bogeys. He made birdie on the 16th and appeared to have another one in the bag on the home hole, but he failed to get up and down from just in front of the green.



“I’m just not scoring,” he said. “Every opportunity I have to make a key putt or hit an iron shot in there stiff with a short iron and get some momentum going. I haven’t done that.”

After poor performances at the Memorial and the U.S. Open it seemed like Woods made progress two weeks ago at The Greenbrier, where he tied for 32nd place. But the Old Course was not kind to the three-time Open champion as he looked as rusty, ragged and as uncomfortable as he has at any point since the Masters.

Yet as poorly as Woods is playing, he still contends that he’s looking ahead, even when others continue to wonder if and when he’ll find enough form to contend. He will fall outside the top 250 in the Official World Golf Ranking by the time he tees it up in the Quicken Loans National in two weeks.

His goal?

“Hopefully win that event so I can get into a place that I know very well,” Woods said, referring to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. If not, his next appearance will be the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, a place that will eat Woods alive if he doesn’t play better than he did this week.

As for this week, it was a time of goodbyes for former Open champions Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as both played their finals Opens at the Old Course.

Woods was asked if he’ll be back to St. Andrews the next time the Open returns, which will likely be in 2021 when the championship celebrates its 150th anniversary.

“I’ll probably have less hair then,” he quipped, “and hopefully a little better game.”

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Woods: New putter should help on slower greens

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:35 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods’ ice-cold putting showed at least a few signs of heating up earlier this month at The National, where he switched putters and ranked seventh in the field on the greens.

The mallet-style putter is still in the bag as Woods prepares for The Open, and he’s hoping the heavier model with grooves will prove valuable at Carnoustie.


Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“To be honest with you, I’ve struggled on slower greens throughout my entire career,” Woods said Tuesday. “So for me, it’s going to help on these greens, for sure.”

To combat the slower greens, Woods usually applied a strip of lead tape to his putter. But this heavier model of putter doesn’t need the extra weight, and the grooves on the putter face allow the ball to get rolling faster and hotter.

“You don’t necessarily have to do that with the grooves,” he said of the lead tape. “When I putted with the Nike putter, I didn’t have to put lead tape on the putter to get a little more weight to it. I could just leave it just the way it was. This is the same type.”  

For all of the talk about his putting woes this season, Woods still ranks 56th in strokes gained: putting. More crucial this week: He’s 102nd in approach putt performance, which quantifies how well a player lag putts.

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Woods: Open best chance for long-term major success

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 11:26 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods is more than a decade removed from his last major title, but he said Tuesday that The Open is the major that gives him the best chance for long-term success.

“I would say yes, because of the fact that you don’t have to be long to play on a links-style golf course,” Woods said during his pre-tournament news conference. “It certainly can be done.”


Full-field tee times from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Woods pointed to the late-career success for both Greg Norman (2008) and Tom Watson (2009), both of whom challenged for the claret jug deep into their 50s.

“Distance becomes a moot point on a links-style golf course,” he said.

That’s certainly not the case, however, at the Masters, where bombers long have thrived, or the U.S. Open, which places a premium on long and straight driving.

“You get to places like Augusta National, which is just a big ballpark, and the golf course outgrows you, unfortunately,” he said. “But links-style courses, you can roll the ball. I hit a 3-iron that went down there 330. Even if I get a little bit older, I can still chase some wood or long club down there and hit the ball the same distance.”

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"Vantage Point with Mike Tirico" set to debut Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 17, 2018, 10:15 am

Special Hour Complementing the Network’s Week-Long Golf Central Live From The Open News Coverage; Premiere Scheduled to Include Interview with 2014 Open Runner-Up Rickie Fowler On-Site from Carnoustie

Features Include Tirico and Curtis Strange Re-watching ’99 Open at Carnoustie & Jim “Bones” Mackay Facilitating Exclusive Conversation with Caddies Michael Greller, John Wood Recounting Final Round Pairing at 2017 Open

To help set the table ahead of The 147TH Open at Carnoustie, Golf Channel will premiere Vantage Point with Mike Tirico on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET. An extension of the network’s week-long Golf Central Live From The Open comprehensive news coverage, Vantage Point will revisit landmark moments in The Open’s history, uncover personal stories relevant to the fabric of the week and feature a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year” on golf’s original championship.

“It’s a thrill to be going back to The Open again this year, which is a fitting setting to launch this new opportunity,” said Tirico, NBC Sports host who this week will celebrate his 22nd consecutive year covering The Open. “I love being a part of the Golf Channel team during golf’s biggest weeks, and anticipate contributing to our commitment to great storytelling with Vantage Point.”

Kicking off the premiere of Vantage Point will be Tirico’s exclusive interview with 2014 Open runner-up and 2015 PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler on-site from Carnoustie. One of Fowler’s favorite events, he has missed just one cut in eight previous appearances at The Open. Other highlights within the show include:

  • Jim “Bones” Mackay facilitating an exclusive conversation between caddies Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and John Wood (Matt Kuchar) recounting the final round pairing at The Open last July.
  • Tirico hosting a roundtable discussion with past “Champion Golfers of the Year”: David Duval, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard.
  • A recollection of one of the most unforgettable collapses in major championship golf, when Jean van de Velde surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole in 1999 at The Open. Tirico and Curtis Strange – both on the live tournament broadcast that year for ABC/ESPN – recently re-watched the telecast together for the first time since calling it live.

 

“This is harder to watch than I thought it was going to be. I’ve never seen anything like

that in my life. I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again.” – Curtis Strange

 

“I think I got caught up in the whole deal and felt human for the guy.” – Mike Tirico

 

Vantage Point with Mike Tirico will complement the network’s Golf Central Live From The Open, which will feature nearly 60 hours of comprehensive news coverage from Carnoustie. In total, NBC Sports will dedicate more than 350 hours to showcasing the third men’s major championship of the year, including nearly 50 live hours of the network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage – annually the most live hours of coverage from any golf event – spanning from Thursday’s opening tee shot to Sunday’s final putt.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 17, 2018, 8:40 am

Tiger Woods is competing in his first Open Championship since 2015. We're tracking him this week at Carnoustie.