2018 Genesis Open: Tiger Woods misses cut at Riviera after 5-over 76 in Round 2 play
Woods missed the cut on Friday following a miserable performance in Round 2
Tiger Woods missed the presumed cut at the 2018 Genesis Open on Friday after shooting a 5-over 76 to follow his 1-over 72 in Round 1. Woods' 36-hole total of 6-over 148 will likely be four strokes over the cut line when players finish up Round 2 on Saturday morning (the end of the round won't be completed on Friday because of darkness).
Woods struggled again off the tee -- as he's done all year -- but this time his putter didn't save him. Woods finished outside the top 125 in strokes gained driving on the week. His misses on Friday weren't as extreme as they were on Thursday, but he only hit five of 14 fairways (and 13 of 28 on the week).
After Woods shot a 37 on the front nine Friday, he needed something well under par on the back nine to find the weekend. Instead, Woods rode the bogey train for three straight holes after making a birdie at the par-4 10th. The first two bogeys in that three-bogey stretch were 3-putts, which is uncharacteristic of how he's played so far this season. He shot a 39 on the back to touch off the 76.
There were certainly some positive moments on Friday. Woods hit two astounding shots on the tough par-4 18 to finish his second round before missing a makeable birdie putt. But he wasn't close to sharp enough, and Riviera Country Club will expose you in a hurry. Woods just wasn't able to grind like he did a few weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open. For the week, Woods finished in the top 25 in birdies made (which was also good news), but he finished outside the top 130 in pars and bogeys.
That's not going to get it done against an elite field like this one. Hitting just 16 of 36 greens in regulation isn't great, either, and you saw what Woods is going to look like if the putter isn't straight magic (like it had been for most of his first five rounds on the year).
next week near his home in Florida as he plays consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour for the first time since the end of the 2014-15 season. Ultimately, it's a win for Woods that he's walking away from Riviera with his health intact (and boy, did he take some hacks on Thursday and Friday), but his return to this event for the first time in 12 years ends in just the 17th missed cut of his career on the PGA Tour.
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