Tiger Woods Posts Worst Round of Pro Career, Misses Cut at 2015 Phoenix Open

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2015

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Tiger Woods teed it up in competition for the first time in 2015 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but the tournament has come to an abrupt end for the 14-time major champion.

Woods was rusty and failed to make the weekend. He posted scores of 73 on Thursday and a career-worst 82 on Friday at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Golf Central noted the second-round disaster:

Golf Central @GolfCentral

Tiger Woods posts a second round 11-over 82 at the @WMPhoenixOpen for his highest score as a professional. http://t.co/Wxem4rz3MR

It was clear from the start that Woods wasn't yet in midseason form. He started the tournament by shooting a four-over 39 on the front nine Thursday, though he showed some signs of life on the back nine by firing a two-under score.

Even so, it was far from a vintage Woods performance, according to CBS Sports' Kyle Porter:

Kyle Porter @KylePorterCBS

Tiger Woods (somehow) shoots 73 in first round of Phoenix Open. Felt like 83.

As GolfChannel.com's Jason Sobel noted, the opening round was a lowlight in Woods' career:

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Tiger Woods opens with 2-over 73. That's his highest opening score in first PGA Tour start to a season in his entire professional career.

The poor showing was especially surprising, as Woods appeared to have faith in his game prior to his return, encouraged by the work he'd been doing with new swing coach Chris Como:

Tiger Woods @TigerWoods

Happy to have Chris Como consulting and working with me on my swing. I’m excited to be back competing.

There was some hope that things would get better for Woods in the second round, but that simply wasn't the case. Tiger started on the back nine and shot a miserable eight-over 44 to start his round, which crushed any chance of surviving the cut, per Golf.com:

GOLF.com @GOLF_com

That moment you shoot a 44 on your first nine and sit in last place at +10: http://t.co/gqLbigGv9f http://t.co/W85EjDTE5n

Things didn't get any better over the final nine holes. Any positive vibes he seemingly had coming into the week have been immediately eliminated as he heads home early.

Sobel noted that a round as bad as his second one happens very rarely for Tiger:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Tiger Woods has now played 1,109 career PGA Tour rounds. This was just the second one in which he failed to break 80.

As poorly as Woods played this week, the fact that he got back on the course and into active competition is the first step toward making measurable progress.

He just played two rounds of golf he will undoubtedly want to put behind him, and the good news is that there is nowhere for him to go but up at this point.


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