Tracker: Tiger shoots 75, misses cut at National

Tiger Woods during the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National.
Tiger Woods during the PGA Tour's 2014 Quicken Loans National. ( Getty Images )

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour ended after two rounds of the Quicken Loans National as Woods shot a second-round 4-over 75 Friday at Congressional.

"I was off," said Woods, who made five bogeys and a double bogey to go along with three birdies in his second round. He made four straight bogeys from Nos. 11-14 and finished at 7 over, four shots back of the cut line.

Newly turned pro Oliver Goss shares the lead with Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed at 6 under.

Despite his struggles, Woods called his performance "encouraging," because he experienced no discomfort in his back despite returning four weeks early from back surgery.

"I had no setbacks, got my feel for playing tournament golf, made a ton of simple mistakes . . . those are the little things that i can correct," Woods said.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in Bethesda, Md.:

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Hole #18: Par 4, 523 yards

Last hole for Tiger, who will miss just the 10th cut of his PGA Tour career.

OFF THE TEE: Nice draw into the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: Another draw with the approach and Tiger will have about 15 feet left for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Two-putt par to end Tiger's tournament.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for the tournament)

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Hole #17: Par 4, 437 yards

Tiger's worst 36-hole over-par score: 11 over, at the 1998 Tour Championship. Good news, though, with that last birdie, he's now four shots better than that.

OFF THE TEE: Good drive here finds the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger sticks this one to about 4 feet.

ON THE GREEN: From short range, Tiger ends up with par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for the tournament)

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Hole #16: Par 5, 579 yards

That last par was Tiger's first since the seventh hole.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger safely finds the middle of the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger hits 5-wood and is just short of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger chips to about 3 feet.

ON THE GREEN: And the birdie putt falls.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for the tournament)

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Hole #15: Par 4, 490 yards

Another bogey and now Tiger is five shots off the projected cut line.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger misses left with his drive.

APPROACH SHOT: The approach is short and right, and he'll have an awkward stance, too.

AROUND THE GREEN: Good shot here from Tiger as he chips to within a few feet.

ON THE GREEN: Par ends the bogey skid.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over (8 over for the tournament)

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Hole #14: Par 4, 467 yards

Tiger has to turn things around quickly if he wants to make the weekend, although he hasn't shown much to suggest that he will.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger opts for 3-wood and finds the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: From just less than 200 yards, Tiger's approach misses a little long and right.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger decides to flop this one and send sit a good 8 feet past.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger leaves another putt short and it results in another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over (8 over for the tournament)

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Hole #13: Par 3, 193 yards

Another bogey drops Tiger even further back. He's 12 shots off the lead right now.

OFF THE TEE: The tee is up about 30 yards, so Tiger goes with 8-iron. However, he leaves his tee ball short of the green.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger chunks his chip a little and just gets it on the green.

ON THE GREEN: From about 12 feet, Tiger runs his par putt by the left side of the hole. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (7 over for the tournament)

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Hole #12: Par 4, 471 yards

Tiger falls back to two shots below the projected cut line. His struggles off the tee today have hurt him, especially at the last hole.

OFF THE TEE: This time, Tiger misses well left off the tee.

APPROACH SHOT: From the rough, Tiger's ball hooks a little too much and he misses the green left.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger's third shot from the rough goes through the green. Then his fourth shot, a chip, is 6 feet short.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger makes the putt, but it's for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for the tournament)

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Hole #11: Par 4, 489 yards

Tiger now has two straight birdies as he heads to the toughest hole on the golf course.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger plays too much of a fade and his ball ends up near a small creek to the right of the green.

APPROACH SHOTS: After having to punch out from a bad lie, Tiger's third shot misses short and left.

AROUND THE GREEN: Putting from the fringe, Tiger hits the 12-foot putt about 10 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for the tournament)

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Hole #10: Par 3, 218 yards

Tiger needed that birdie and he will need a few more if he wants to make the cut. The current projected cut line is 3 over. Tiger is trying to avoid his 10th career cut on Tour. There are three players currently under age 50 with 20-plus PGA Tour wins. Tiger has nine missed cuts as a pro. Phil Mickelson has 70 and Ernie Els has 55.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger lands his tee ball just over the water and it rolls to about 12 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Tweet, tweet. Back-to-back birdies for Tiger.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (4 over for the tournament)

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Hole #9: Par 5, 636 yards

Tiger left that last putt short, and that's something he's done numerous times through his first 26 holes. He's now tied for 102nd.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger pulls this drive left and into the gallery.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger takes a big hack and lays up into the fairway. He had to hit his ball under a small tree right in front of him, too.

THIRD SHOT: Tiger finds the green and will have about 25 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: There's a birdie! Tiger drains the birdie putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for the tournament)

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Hole #8: Par 4, 354 yards

Tiger still hasn't got anything going. He was two shots worse on Nos. 1-7 today than he was in the first round.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger sends his tee shot down the left side of the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: With just 60 yards left, Tiger is long with his wedge, finding the back fringe.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger chips 8 feet past.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger leaves his par save just short. Bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (6 over for the tournament)

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Hole #7: Par 3, 173 yards

Well, that last hole was an even bigger opportunity wasted. He did birdie the seventh and eighth holes on Thursday, though.

OFF THE TEE: With an 8-iron, Tiger's tee ball carries the flag and finds the back part of the green about 25 feet away.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger's downhill birdie putt has good speed but is a good 2 feet right of the hole. He cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for the tournament)

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Hole #6: Par 5, 555 yards

That double bogey now has Tiger three shots below the projected cut. There is some good news, though, as he now gets a par 5 to get a stroke back.

OFF THE TEE: Needs a big drive here and he does just that, finding the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: Tiger goes for the green in two and finds it.

ON THE GREEN: From about 60 feet, Tiger leaves his eagle putt about 10 feet short. His birdie try also misses and Tiger settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for the tournament)

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Hole #5: Par 4, 413 yards

Tiger played Nos. 1-4 in 1 over on Thursday with two bogeys and a birdie. Today, he was even with four pars, although his missed birdie putt at the fourth was a big opportunity wasted.

OFF THE TEE: With fairway wood, Tiger misses a fairway for the third time already today. This one ends up in the right intermediate rough, so he didn't miss by much here.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger can't find the green and will get his second up-and-down chance of the day, this time from the sand.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger has a plugged lie in the front bunker and can't get out with his third shot. His fourth shot isn't good, either, as he blasts out 30 feet past the hole.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger can't make the long bogey putt and ends up with a double.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over (5 over for the tournament)

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Hole #4: Par 4, 470 yards

Three straight pars for Tiger to start his second round, but he's not looked sharp off the tee so far.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger finds his first fairway of the day.

APPROACH SHOT: After finding the fairway, Tiger sticks his approach to about 5 feet. Best shot of the day so far.

ON THE GREEN: From just outside of 5 feet, Tiger can't convert the birdie putt. Another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for the tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Ricky Barnes is 3 under through seven holes today, and now leads at 7 under. Also, first-round leader Greg Chalmers birdied his opening hole to move to 6 under.

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Hole #3: Par 4, 466 yards

Tiger struggled to convert up-and-down opportunities on Thursday, but he is successful on his first attempt today, saving par at the second hole. He bogeyed No. 3 in the first round.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger's tee shot misses left. That's two fairways missed and none hit so far today.

APPROACH SHOT: From a tough lie, Tiger delivers a good approach to the front of the green.

ON THE GREEN: From about 35 feet, Tiger two-putts for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for the tournament)

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Hole #2: Par 3, 233 yards

Par to start for Woods, who now moves to the second hole, which he bogeyed on Thursday.

OFF THE TEE: A little deja vu for Tiger, who again misses this green left. He failed to get up-and-down for par in the first round.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tiger is short-sided, but manages to hit his flop shot to about 10 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Big par save here as Tiger drains the 12-footer.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for the tournament)

ELSEWHERE ON THE COURSE: Newly turned pro Oliver Goss wraps up a 5-under 66. He's now tied with fellow Australian Marc Leishman for the lead at 6 under.

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Hole #1: Par 4, 402 yards

Tiger Woods, wearing a white shirt, gray pants and white shoes, will begin his second round at 3 over, which is just below the current projected cut line of 2 over.

OFF THE TEE: Tiger's drive lands in the fairway before just rolling into the right rough.

APPROACH SHOT: From the rough, Tiger finds the center of the green. He'll have about 30 feet left for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger starts better than he did Thursday, two-putting for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (3 over for the tournament)

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Update #10: 12:59 p.m. ET

With a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th, Oliver Goss is tied for the lead in just his second professional tournament. He is tied with countryman Marc Leishman, who is on his final hole of the day now.

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Update #9: 12:55 p.m. ET

No. 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings Justin Rose fired a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the second round. He started the tournament with a 74 on Thursday, but has now jumped into the top 10. So far his 65 is the lowest of the tournament. He finished his round on the front nine with a 31.

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Update #8: 12:21 p.m. ET

It's an Aussie takeover at the top of the leaderboard. Marc Leishman has taken the solo lead at 6 under for the tournament. He is 5 under on the day. Oliver Goss, who turned professional just last week, has climbed into a tie for second with first-round leader Greg Chalmers. Goss is bogey-free and 4 under through 14 holes.

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Update #7: 11:53 a.m. ET

Morgan Hoffmann finished his second round with a 3-under 68 on Friday to jump to T-3. The Oklahoma State product finished strong with birdies on two of his final four holes (Nos. 6 and 9; he started on No. 10). Hoffmann is looking for his first PGA Tour win and a possible birth into the Open Championship in July.

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Update #6: 11:17 a.m. ET

It's once again a tie at the top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard, but instead of Greg Chalmers and Freddie Jacobson, its Chamlers and Marc Leishman. Jacobson made bogey at the par-4 15th to drop back to 4 under. The other Australian, Leishman, is 4 under on the day to get to 5 under with his fellow countryman.

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Update #5: 10:50 a.m. ET

Freddie Jacobson drains a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 13, which allows the Swede to get to 5 under for the tournament. That ties first-round leader Greg Chalmers for the lead, although the Aussie doesn't go out until 1:48 p.m. for his second round.

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Update #4: 10:36 a.m. ET

Brendan Steele and Ben Curtis are two players that have reached 4 under for their second rounds. Steele (74) and Curtis (75) are now 1 under and even par, respectively. Players are taking advantage of conditions early.

Before we get any further, the weather today is supposed to be in the low 80s for the most part of Friday. There is about a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms that could move into the area.

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Update #3: 10:03 a.m. ET

Second-week pro Oliver Goss is holding is own at Congressional. Goss, the 2013 U.S. Amateur runner-up from Australia, is 2 under for the tournament. He played in his first pro event last week at the Travelers Championship where he missed the cut with rounds of 70-71. The 20-year-old, who earned low-amateur honors at the 2014 Masters, would have been a junior in the fall at Tennessee.

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Update #2: 9:39 a.m. ET

An early mover in Bethesda, Md., is Matt Every. Every, who is exempt into next month's Open Championship, is 3 under through six holes on Friday with birdie putts within 20 feet. He's 3 under for the tournament after an even-par 71 during the first round.

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Update #1: 9:15 a.m. ET

Defending champion Bill Haas has started his second round on the 10th hole. He started his day par, birdie, bogey, birdie to get to 1 under early on in his round. After a first-round 68 on Thursday, Haas is now only one-shot back of Greg Chalmers at 5 under.

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Thursday's coverage

Blues before rhythm in Tiger's return

You know rhythm and blues. This was blues, then rhythm for Tiger Woods. Predictably rusty in his first competitive round since March 9, he bogeyed seven of his first 12 holes, mainly because of an inferior short game, and then birdied three of his last six, thanks to three short-iron approach shots within 4 feet. That added up to a 3-over-par 74 in the Quicken Loans National first round and the sense he played better than he scored. “I made so many little mistakes,” Woods said.

Still trying to qualify for Open, Compton cards 68 at Congressional

Erik Compton finished his Quicken Loans National first round with four consecutive birdies. That meant two things. One, it completed a 68 that put him two strokes off the lead. Two, it left him thinking of an evening restaurant. "Dinner,” he said, “will taste great.” Compton missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship, five days after he tied for second at the U.S. Open. He said his putter somehow got bent between the Open and the Travelers. But he sorted that out when playing in the CVS Charity Classic early this week.

Outside Tiger's spotlight, Chalmers takes National lead

Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson after Thursday's first round of the Quicken Loans National. Defending champion Bill Haas, Patrick Reed, U.S. Open runner-up Erik Compton and Tyrone Van Aswegen shot 68. On a day when only 26 players in the 120-man field broke par at Congressional, Chalmers found the lead at 5 under. "I didn't think it was easy at all," Chalmers said.

Tracker: Tiger cards 74, 8 back of leader Chalmers at National

After missing more than three months of play because of a back injury, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour this morning to shoot 3-over 74 in the first round of the Quicken Loans National. Two days after saying he doesn't feel "explosive" yet, Woods got off to a slow start. He was 6 over through 12 holes, but made three birdies coming in and is eight shots off of Greg Chalmers leads after Round 1. Here's how it all unfolded.

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Tiger's return

Woods: If not for foundation, might not play Quicken

Tiger Woods conceded that if the Tiger Woods Foundation were not involved with this week's event, he likely wouldn't be here. "As I said, our goal was the British Open," he said. "I healed extremely fast, thanks to my physios and all my nutrition and all the different things that we did and the protocols. The MRIs and all the different steps that we have done along the way have allowed me to get to this point."

Predictably, Woods feels 'great'; his play will say more

Different injuries, different scenarios. But two things remain constant when Tiger Woods steps into what unfortunately has become the accustomed role of comeback kid: One, it takes mere seconds for you to realize that there’s far more buzz when he tees it up. And two, he seems to have a standard speech, because he sure says the same thing a lot.

Eventually, even expectations for Tiger must change

This wasn’t a typical Wednesday pro-am for Tiger Woods. This one was more about tuneup, about refining, than usual. When you haven’t played a competitive round since March 9, when you are coming back from March 31 microdiscectomy, an 18-hole walk with amateur partners can be about trying to scrape off a layer of rust. Pro-ams generally aren’t something to get excited about.

Woods has made cuts in previous returns

This week's Quicken Loans National won't be Tiger Woods' first return from an injury-induced layoff, but it will be his first after back surgery. Here's a look at previous returns from injury.

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Tournament preview, Tour news

Notes: FedEx Cup picture; British Open tickets punched; more

True, there’s time to make a move and one big week – a victory, perhaps – will take care of a lot of problems, but as we creep toward July 1, there are three notable names who can’t exactly pencil the Tour Championship into their schedules.

Hunter Mahan sits 73rd in the FedEx Cup standings, Phil Mickelson 86th and Steve Stricker 124th.

Quicken Loans National offers British Open qualifying spots

Another designated International Final Qualifying event will be held this week, at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. Up to four spots for next month's Open Championship are available for players not already exempt should they finish in the top 12 and ties.

Dusek: Players like kids in a candy store during White House visit

Regardless of how they might have voted in the past two presidential elections, members of the 2013 U.S. Presidents Cup team wandered wide-eyed through the White House on Tuesday evening.

OWGR: Streelman climbs to 36th; Tiger Woods drops to fifth

Kevin Streelman birdied his final seven holes – a PGA Tour record – en route to winning the Travelers Championship and moving into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking with the victory. His triumph Sunday at TPC River Highlands moved Streelman from 58th to 36th, which equals the highest ranking of his career.

Judge limits Singh's discovery in case against PGA Tour

Vijay Singh's attempt to look behind the curtain of the PGA Tour's drug policy will be limited, according to a recent court ruling. In Singh's lawsuit against the Tour, Judge Eileen Bransten of New York's Supreme Court granted part of a motion to compel documents and answers from the Tour but denied other parts of the motion, notably regarding specific questions about the Anti-Doping Program.