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