Nightmare round for Woods

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Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Tiger Woods equalled his worst nine holes as a professional as he slipped into a share of last place during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The 14-time major winner took 44 shots after starting on the back-nine at TPC Scottsdale to match his record in round three at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in 2013 when he ended with a 79.

That left him eight over for the day, 10 over for the tournament and joint last with Michael Hopper, who was yet to tee off.

Woods was also on course to miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his career, with the projected cut at par on a rainy day in Arizona.

Woods’ problems began after a routine par on the 10th.

His drive on the 11th landed next to a tree and, after he barely advanced his second shot, he fired over the green, chipped on and holed his putt for bogey.

Pars followed on 12 and 13 but Woods was in further trouble on the next as he hooked left and had to take a drop after finding an unplayable lie.

What was now his third shot was short of the green and so was the following chip as he racked up a double-bogey six.

Worse was to follow as his drive on the par-five 15th found the water and he found himself in a bunker after four shots. His fifth went over the green and a duff chip and two putts followed to put the 39-year-old six over after six for his round and eight over for the tournament.

The bearpit that is the par-three 16th would not have been the place Woods wanted to head next but, after finding the bunker with his tee shot, he got up and down for par to delight the watching galleries.

Woods managed to get hold of a drive on 17 and had a short pitch to the green but once again his short game let him down and he needed two to find the green. His 10-foot putt lipped out and he dropped to seven over after eight holes.

Another good drive on 18 offered some hope but his second shot found the bunker and Woods could not get up and down, needing two putts from eight feet to turn in 44.

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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