A disappointing opening round at the Women's British Open put Cheyenne Woods in danger of missing the cut. Those fears were likely realized Friday as she shot a three-over 75 in the second round at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, which left her three shots below the projected cut line.
Golfers had to finish inside the top 65 in order to remain alive for the weekend, but Woods was off the pace in a tie for 98th place when she left the course Friday.
Here is a look at the leaderboard at the time of Woods' departure, courtesy of LPGAScoring.com:
|Position||Player||To Par||Round 1||Round 2|
|1||Mo Martin||-5||69||Thru 11|
|T2||So Yeon Ryu||-3||71||70|
|T4||Amelia Lewis||-2||72||Thru 8|
|T8||Julieta Granada||E||72||Thru 14|
|T8||Meena Lee||E||73||Thru 8|
Woods' second-round scorecard broke down as follows:
Woods put herself behind the eight ball in the first round and she was unable to recover in the second. Although Woods is still trying to establish herself on the LPGA Tour, there is certainly some added pressure due to the fact that she is Tiger Woods' niece.
At the same time, it has given her some publicity and opened plenty of doors. Despite all of the potential distractions, Woods' main focus has been on improving her game, according to Lisa D. Mickey of The New York Times.
You can't play mediocre golf if you want to play on the LPGA Tour. I feel like my game is definitely getting closer to where I want it to be, so I just have to stay at it and grind it out. ... I know I will be out on the LPGA competing some day. It's a matter of getting my game together, having a few good tournaments and finishing the season strong.
Woods has seemingly made improvements with each passing tournament, but that didn't carry over to the British Open. Her second round got off to a poor start as she bogeyed the par-four first and was unable to recover for the rest of the day.
She followed that up with bogeys on the fifth and seventh holes as well, which put her at three-over par on the front nine and nine-over par for the tournament.
Woods was finally able to get some positive momentum going on the back nine, though, by virtue of a birdie on the par-four 10th. She still faced an uphill climb in terms of reaching the cut line, but the birdie gave her something to celebrate for the first time in the round.
That birdie allowed Woods to move to eight-over par for the tournament, which was actually just a couple shots behind reigning Women's U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie, per Golfweek Magazine:
Woods definitely stabilized after that as she rattled off seven straight pars before ultimately posting a bogey on the par-five 18th. Unfortunately, she needed to shave off a few more strokes in order to continue playing.
Now that Woods' tournament has likely reached its conclusion, the focus shifts toward the LPGA Championship in August. Woods will almost certainly be invited to play, but she needs to refine her game significantly in order to be any type of factor.
She will have about a month to compete in lesser tournaments and round into form, so time is on her side. Also, the LPGA Championship will take place at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, so Woods might feel more comfortable with the layout of an American course.
No avid follower of women's golf will expect Woods to compete for a major title next month regardless of her bloodlines, but she is fully cognizant of the fact that she has a big name to live up to.
Woods didn't necessarily play to the best of her abilities and accomplish her goals in England, but she has another major under her belt and that experience should serve her well moving forward.
What started out as a promising opening day at the Women's British Open gradually declined into a wholly forgettable one for Cheyenne Woods, who finished Thursday's action at six over par.
The 23-year-old began her climb out of Uncle Tiger's shadow earlier this year with her first major victory at the Australian Ladies Masters but was unable to summon the same consistency on Day 1 in Southport.
|Position||Player||To Par||Round 1|
For a look at the complete leaderboard, visit the official LPGA website.
Woods tied for an early lead with Michelle Wie after making birdie at the third, but both would slip down the order after failing to follow up their bright starts as the cloudy conditions took over at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
At the time of Woods' initial boom, Matt Cooper tweeted the score with a subtle nod to Tiger's British Open hopes next week:
Woods leading the Open. Cheyenne Woods and the Women's British Open, but still.— Matt Cooper (@MattCooperGolf) July 10, 2014
(And with that someone else makes birdie and Woods no longer leads)— Matt Cooper (@MattCooperGolf) July 10, 2014
Cheyenne's troubles began at the eighth and ninth, where she bogeyed back-to-back holes. Partners Erina Hara and Brittany Lincicome fared far better, managing just one bogey between them.
The back stretch looked as though it might bring Arizona-born Woods more fortune thanks to her second birdie of the day at the 10th, but the worst was yet to come. She lost her stride, ruling out any possibility of climbing back to the top of the leaderboard, at least on Thursday.
Bogeys followed at the 11th, 13th, 14th and 15th, with only a par on the 12th to provide Woods with any sense of confidence coming into the closing stages of her first round.
Will Woods make the Cut after Round 2?
Per her official LPGA scorecard, Woods' driving distance stood out as one of her more impressive statistics, as she maintained an average of more than 250 yards through 15.
However, accuracy was not a reliable factor, as she consistently failed to find the fairway off the tee.
Significantly, this was an area in which the likes of high-flying Ayako Uehara and defending champion Stacy Lewis did not struggle to the same extent.
The par-four 16th left Woods in even more of a quagmire. A triple-bogey seven did significant damage to her overall score, leaving her to face a mountainous Day 2.
The day's action was slightly buoyed by a birdie on the 18th, but for Woods to claw her way back into the reckoning on Friday, she will require an almighty surge in form.