Tiger Woods won’t be around for the weekend at the U.S. Open for just the fourth time in his career thanks to a 7-over 77 in the second round at Winged Foot.
It’s not hard to figure out why he’s leaving early.
Tiger Woods (+10) misses the cut at the US Open after shooting 7-over 77 at Winged Foot pic.twitter.com/c2Jdz8ToFv
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 18, 2020
“On this golf course it’s imperative that you hit fairways, and I did not do that,” Woods said. “The whole goal of entering an event is to win, and when I don’t give myself that opportunity over the weekend, it doesn’t feel good.”
Woods hit just five fairways on Friday, one fewer than he did on Thursday. The 11 fairways in two days ranked 69th in the field. On Friday, as Winged Foot played tougher because of firm conditions and swirling winds, Woods made five bogeys and two double bogeys. Two late birdies, long after the cut line was out of reach, made the final number a little better.
“It was frustrating that I didn’t drive the ball as well as I needed to,” he said. “It’s frustrating that I’m not going to be here for the weekend and be able to compete for this great championship. It feels like the way the golf course is changing, is turning, that anybody who makes the cut has the opportunity to win this championship. I didn’t get myself that opportunity.”
Woods is scheduled to play a charity match on Tuesday with Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose at Payne’s Valley, a course he designed in the Missouri Ozarks.
“After that, take a little break,” he said. “And then refocus and get back after it.”
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