St Andrews - Tiger Woods missed back-to-back cuts at major tournaments for the
first time in his career at the British Open on Saturday, but vowed to
keep plugging away at his game.
In the latest blow to his flagging
fortunes, the game's former dominant force, mired in the worst slump of
his pro career, carded a 75 in a weather-hit second round that spread
over two days.
That, combined with the 76 he shot on Thursday, saw
him miss the cut by a wide margin, but he at least did manage to play
at the weekend due to the rain delay.
On Saturday it was gusting winds that held up his departure for home, having finished on Friday evening with six holes to play.
players finally got back out again in the evening and Woods needed a
near-miracle to improve from the dire situation he found himself in at
five over par for the tournament.
He never looked like pulling that off as he took bogeys at 14 and 15 to slip further back.
waved weakly to the crowd as he trudged off the 18th green in front of
the iconic St Andrews club house that witnessed two of his greatest
triumphs in 2000 and 2005.
"Well, I think I only made three
birdies in two days. That's not very good. The golf course wasn't
playing that hard. I just didn't get much out of any of the two rounds,"
"You know, it's kind of funny because I hit the ball solid. It's just that it wasn't getting through the wind.
"I don't know what was causing that, and it's something that we're going to have to take a look at."
The former world number one missed the cut at last month's US Open at Chambers Bay near Seattle after rounds of 80 and 76.
He tied for 17th in the Masters in April, but also missed the cut in the final major of last year, the PGA Championship.
His last and only missed cut in 19 previous British Opens came at Turnberry in 2009.
won the tournament three times - in 2000, 2005 and 2006, part of his
haul of 14 major titles, the second best of all-time behind the 18 of
Coming into St Andrews, Woods said he still felt he could close in on the all-time majors record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus.
his last win in a Grand Slam event came over seven years ago at the US
Open. His last win in a British Open was at Hoylake at 2006.
and changes to his swing pattern have dominated his game for the last
two years reaching a nadir this year when he clocked up an 85 at The
Memorial, his worst ever score on the PGA Tour.
His tie for 17th
at the Masters gave him some respite, but the two missed cuts at the
Opens are a huge blow which will raise even more question marks over
whether, five months shy of his 40th birthday, he is a spent force.
remains the final major of the season, the PGA Championship at Whistling
Straits, Wisconsin next month, for him to salvage something from the
wreckage of a year, which also saw him split up in May with longtime
girlfriend, champion skier Lindsey Vonn.
Asked what his next step would be as he seeks to get revive his fortunes, Woods replied: "Keep going. Keep going forward.
play in a couple weeks in (Washington) D.C., so looking forward to
playing the Quicken Loans, and hopefully win that event so I can get
into a place that I know very well."