Tiger Woods' fate at the 2015 British Open appeared to be sealed Thursday when he shot a 4-over 76 during the morning wave despite many players dipping well into the 60s during that time. Woods was going to need a low second round to have a shot to make the cut, and while it took two days to complete, Woods wasn't able to muster up a serious run at the cut line.
His second round was split between Friday and Saturday thanks to a weather delay and suspension in play. In the end, he followed his opening round 76 with a 75 in the second round to finish at 7-over. The cut projects at even par, so Woods finished well off the pace. Following a missed cut at the U.S. Open, Woods has now missed the cut in back-to-back major championships, the first time that has ever happened in his career. Woods has now missed three cuts this season, the first time he's done that as a professional, according to Justin Ray of the Golf Channel.
While various aspects of Woods' game have faltered in recent months, it was a complete struggle for him at St. Andrews. He struggled to hit fairways or greens in regulation. And when he did get to the putting surface, he didn't make many putts. The effort to correct some issues remains a work in progress, or at least one that he is still struggling to take from the practice range to the golf course.
The continued struggles have to be a point of frustration, but playing so poorly at St. Andrews may be even more disappointing. The famed course is the site of two of Woods' three Open Championship victories. He dominated the course in 2000, running away from the field to finish 19-under. He won comfortably by five strokes in 2005, finishing at 14-under. After racking up 33-under in his two wins, Woods struggled to make more than one birdie per round in 2015. He didn't make his first birdie until the 14th hole on Thursday. His second came on the 10th hole on Friday, and he finished with just three birdies for the tournament.
Following another missed cut in a major championship, there is speculation as to what is next for Woods. While he could take another break away from competitive golf to get his game straightened out, that doesn't figure to come for at least a few weeks. Woods is scheduled to play in the Quicken Loans National at the end of July, which is hosted by his foundation. Barring an injury, it would seem highly unlikely that he doesn't tee it up then.
For now, it's another missed cut in a major and back to the range to try and regain his form.
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