Bethesda, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Still rusty after a three-month layoff due to back surgery, Tiger Woods failed to make the halfway cut at the Quicken Loans National after firing a 4-over-par 75 at the Congressional Country Club.
Woods, who had microdiscectomy surgery in March to repair a pinched nerve in his back, ended his 36-hole at the tournament he hosts with a 7-over total of 149.
“I’m encouraged by what happened this week,” Woods said on his play. “All little things I know I can fix. As I said, it’s very encouraging.”
The early exit was just the 18th of Woods’ career, which now spans 313 starts. His last missed cut came two years ago at The Greenbrier Classic — a stretch of 103 weeks.
Woods had an outstanding start in the second round with birdies om Nos. 9 and 10 but doomed his chances with four straight bogeys.
Woods only hit 16 of 28 fairways in the two rounds. He missed 16 greens over 36 holes, eight each day, and used a total of 61 putts, including 30 on Friday.
Woods’ next tournament is expected to be The Open Championship, as he resumes his quest to eclipse Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 professional majors. Woods has been stuck at 14 since winning the 2008 U.S. Open.
The Open will be played at Royal Liverpool, which is where Woods last won the Claret Jug in 2006.
Meanwhile, four players finished in a tie for the lead midway through the tournament.
Marc Leishman and Oliver Goss each fired a five-under-par 66 to take the lead together with Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed.