Golf

Woods misses Quail Hollow cut

2012-05-05 08:45
Tiger Woods (AP Photo)

Charlotte - Tiger Woods' bid to bounce back from a disastrous Masters ended abruptly Friday as the 14-time major champion missed the cut at Quail Hollow.

Woods carded a second-round 73 for an even-par total of 144, one shot outside the cut line of one-under 143. It marked the eighth time as a pro Woods has missed a cut -- and the second time he has missed it at this event.

Woods struggled with his accuracy off the tee but really suffered on the greens, needing 33 putts in his round.

Long before the cut was official, Woods was resigned to an early exit.

"This is one of my favorite tour stops, and unfortunately, I'm just not going to be around for the last two days," said Woods, who won at Quail Hollow in 2007.

Woods missed the cut here in 2010, not long after he returned to golf in the wake of the sex scandal that rocked his personal life.

American Nick Watney was the halfway leader after a 64 for 12-under 132. Webb Simpson posted a 68 for sole possession of second place on 133.

Woods, whose tie for 40th at the Masters was his worst ever finish at Augusta National as a professional, again could not capitalize on good scoring conditions early in the day.

He failed to birdie any of the par-fives and said that as at the Masters, he allowed old habits to creep in and disrupt the new swing he has put together under the guidance of coach Sean Foley.

"It's just that I get out there and I want to get comfortable, and I follow my old stuff," he said. "I know what I need to do. It's just I need more reps doing it."

In an odd twist to the 14-time major champion's day, Woods was awarded a free drop after a fan apparently walked off with his ball at the par-five fifth, where Woods went over to the gallery as he tried to reach the green in two.

When Woods walked up, his ball was nowhere to be found.

Tour official Mark Russell spoke to several people who saw the ball land and determined that someone took it.

He allowed Woods a free drop at the spot where spectators said they saw it.

"There were about five or six people that ran over to the ball, and the next thing you know, we get down there and there's hundreds of people and no ball," Woods said.

"We looked around for a while, and then Mark came over there and analyzed the situation and what was going on."

Australian Geoff Ogilvy, playing in the same group with Woods and Simpson, agreed with the general consensus that the ball had been taken.

"It got picked up for sure. There can't be any doubt," Ogilvy said. "I guess there's a chance it could roll under the pine straw, but not when 500 people are there looking for it.

"Usually, Tiger's ball, they all circle around and stare at the ball. And it was gone."

Woods is enduring an erratic 2012 season. He withdrew in the final round at Doral with a sore Achilles tendon, then won at Bay Hill to claim his first PGA Tour title in more than two years.

That victory sent him into the Masters on a high, but he was not a factor at Augusta and drew stern criticism for a burst of temper in which he kicked a club after a poor tee shot.

Woods said he would just keep practicing.

"The entire week, I didn't play the par-fives well," Woods said.

"Today I made four pars. You just can't do that, especially when all of them are reachable with irons. I didn't take care of the par-fives, missed a couple other little short ones for birdie, and consequently got no momentum during the round."


Leaderboard:

132 Nick Watney (U.S.) 68 64 133 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 65 68 134 Stewart Cink (U.S.) 65 69

Ben Crane (U.S.) 70 64

D.A. Points (U.S.) 66 68

John Senden (Australia) 66 68 135 Ryan Moore (U.S.) 65 70 136 Hunter Haas (U.S.) 68 68

Heath Slocum (U.S.) 69 67 137 Arjun Atwal (India) 68 69

Rocco Mediate (U.S.) 68 69

Johnson Wagner (U.S.) 71 66 138 Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 71 67

George McNeill (U.S.) 70 68

Rory McIlroy (Britain) 70 68

John Merrick (U.S.) 70 68

Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 66 72

Jonathan Byrd (U.S.) 69 69

Billy Mayfair (U.S.) 67 71

Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 69 69

Noh Seung-Yul (South Korea) 68 70

Martin Flores (U.S.) 68 70 139 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 68 71

David Toms (U.S.) 74 65

Richard Lee (U.S.) 70 69

Ben Curtis (U.S.) 69 70 140 Spencer Levin (U.S.) 72 68

Jason Day (Australia) 70 70

Roberto Castro (U.S.) 68 72

Tommy Gainey (U.S.) 68 72

Brian Davis (Britain) 66 74

Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe) 67 73

Patrick Reed (U.S.) 66 74 141 James Driscoll (U.S.) 71 70

Kang Sung-Hoon (South Korea) 71 70

Andres Romero (Argentina) 70 71

Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 72 69

Camilo Villegas (Colombia) 71 70

Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 69 72

Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 71 70

Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 73 68

Dicky Pride (U.S.) 69 72

Zach Johnson (U.S.) 70 71

Robert Garrigus (U.S.) 69 72

Tom Gillis (U.S.) 73 68

Ryuji Imada (Japan) 69 72

Brian Harman (U.S.) 67 74

Jonas Blixt (Sweden) 68 73 142 J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 71 71

Brandt Jobe (U.S.) 72 70

David Hearn (Canada) 70 72

J.J. Henry (U.S.) 73 69

Chris Kirk (U.S.) 75 67

Martin Laird (Britain) 72 70

Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 71

Marc Leishman (Australia) 75 67

Harris English (U.S.) 70 72

Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 70 72

Josh Teater (U.S.) 69 73

Kevin Stadler (U.S.) 68 74

Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 69 73

Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 69 73 143 Gavin Coles (Australia) 72 71

Cameron Tringale (U.S.) 69 74

Alexandre Rocha (Brazil) 68 75

Troy Matteson (U.S.) 74 69

Will Claxton (U.S.) 71 72

Ken Duke (U.S.) 72 71

Chad Campbell (U.S.) 72 71

Brendan Steele (U.S.) 71 72

Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 71 72

Lee Westwood (Britain) 71 72

Kevin Chappell (U.S.) 72 71

Gary Christian (Britain) 73 70 144 DNQ Chris Couch (U.S.) 73 71

Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 72 72

Angel Cabrera (Argentina) 71 73

Matt Bettencourt (U.S.) 77 67

Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 74 70

Mike Weir (Canada) 71 73

Tiger Woods (U.S.) 71 73

Mathew Goggin (Australia) 75 69

Greg Owen (Britain) 71 73

Patrick Sheehan (U.S.) 72 72

Pat Perez (U.S.) 73 71

Chris DiMarco (U.S.) 69 75

Charlie Wi (South Korea) 74 70

Chris Stroud (U.S.) 73 71

Trevor Immelman (South Africa) 74 70

Nathan Green (Australia) 73 71

Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 70 74

Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 72 72 145 DNQ Michael Thompson (U.S.) 71 74

Vijay Singh (Fiji) 68 77

Scott Brown (U.S.) 75 70

Ted Potter Jr. (U.S.) 74 71

Kyle Thompson (U.S.) 71 74

David Mathis (U.S.) 75 70

Steve Flesch (U.S.) 75 70

J.J. Killeen (U.S.) 73 72

Stuart Appleby (Australia) 72 73

Bill Haas (U.S.) 73 72

Kyle Stanley (U.S.) 70 75

Colt Knost (U.S.) 73 72

Steve Wheatcroft (U.S.) 71 74 146 DNQ Stephen Gangluff (U.S.) 74 72

Chez Reavie (U.S.) 71 75

Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 70 76

Joe Ogilvie (U.S.) 71 75 147 DNQ Blake Adams (U.S.) 74 73

Stephen Ames (Canada) 74 73

Retief Goosen (South Africa) 72 75

Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 77

John Huh (U.S.) 76 71

William McGirt (U.S.) 74 73

Jamie Lovemark (U.S.) 75 72 148 DNQ Hank Kuehne (U.S.) 73 75

Vaughn Taylor (U.S.) 75 73

Edward Loar (U.S.) 78 70

Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 77

Troy Kelly (U.S.) 74 74

Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 70 78

Tim Clark (South Africa) 73 75

Lucas Glover (U.S.) 72 76

Kris Blanks (U.S.) 75 73 149 DNQ Jason Bohn (U.S.) 76 73

Marco Dawson (U.S.) 77 72

Brendon Todd (U.S.) 79 70

Tommy Biershenk (U.S.) 76 73

Jeff Maggert (U.S.) 70 79

Bill Lunde (U.S.) 71 78

Derek Lamely (U.S.) 76 73

Kevin Na (U.S.) 73 76 150 DNQ Mark Wilson (U.S.) 77 73

Cameron Beckman (U.S.) 72 78

Erik Compton (U.S.) 75 75

Mark Anderson (U.S.) 73 77

David Duval (U.S.) 76 74

Russell Knox (Britain) 77 73

Charles Howell III (U.S.) 71 79

Miguel Carballo (Argentina) 74 76

Jason Kokrak (U.S.) 74 76 151 DNQ Bobby Gates (U.S.) 73 78

Scott Stallings (U.S.) 77 74

Tom Pernice Jr. (U.S.) 76 75 152 DNQ Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 77 75

Frank Adams (U.S.) 76 76 153 DNQ Rick Lewallen (U.S.) 76 77

Nick Flanagan (Australia) 73 80 154 DNQ Nick O'Hern (Australia) 77 77 155 DNQ Bryan Bigley (U.S.) 80 75 74 WDW Anthony Kim (U.S.) 74 78 WDW Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 78 78 WDW Charlie Beljan (U.S.) 78 WDW D.J. Trahan (U.S.) 148 DSQ Danny Lee (New Zealand) 69 79

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