Tiger Woods, the legendary 15-time major champion, experienced a tough day on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2. On the 15th hole, Woods was hopeful for a birdie as his putt rolled towards the cup. However, the ball lipped out, dashing his hopes of making the cut at the 124th U.S. Open.

 

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“Yeah, 15 hurt,” Woods remarked post-round. “That was a perfect 7-iron and a solid putt, just a high-side lip out. Making that putt would have changed everything, but instead, I’m fighting to stay in the game.”

 

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With the cut projected at 5 over and Woods at 6 over, he needed a birdie on the final three holes. On the 16th, after pulling his tee shot into the pine straw, he executed a great approach, but his ball failed to hold the green, resulting in a bogey. He narrowly missed a birdie from a greenside bunker on the 17th, settling for par on the last two holes.

 

At 48, Woods posted a 3-over 73 in the second round, bringing his total to 7-over 147, missing the cut by 2 strokes. “It was probably the highest score I could have shot today,” Woods admitted. “I had good shots and putts that didn’t go my way, and I put myself in tough spots with poor lag putting. But that’s golf.”

 

Jun 14, 2024; Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA; Tiger Woods hits on the 18th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2.

Woods has now missed the cut in four of his last five U.S. Open starts, his last successful cut being at Pebble Beach in 2019. This marked his 13th consecutive round of par or worse in a major, the longest streak of his career, and he has missed the cut or withdrawn in five of his last six major appearances.

 

“In order to win, you have to make the cut,” Woods said. “I can’t compete from where I’m at, which is frustrating. I felt I played well enough to contend, but it just didn’t happen.”

 

Woods, who received a special exemption from the USGA for this tournament, was uncertain if this might be his last U.S. Open. “I don’t know if this is my last Open Championship or U.S. Open,” he said. “It might be, or it might not.”

 

Jun 14, 2024; Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA; Tiger Woods on the 5th hole during the second round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Pinehurst No. 2. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the setback, Woods showed improvement from his performance at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club last month. Over two rounds at Pinehurst No. 2, he hit 21 of 28 fairways and averaged 314.2 yards off the tee, but struggled with iron accuracy and needed 62 putts in two rounds.

 

Looking ahead, Woods plans to play in The Open at Royal Troon Golf Course in Scotland from July 18-21, marking his final tournament of the season. “I’ve only got one more event this season,” Woods stated. “Even if I win the British Open, I don’t think I’ll make the [FedEx Cup] playoffs. One more event and then I’ll take a break.”