Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods falters late, fails to make British Open cut

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Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods falters late, fails to make British Open cut

2019 British Open

Shot-by-shot recap: Tiger Woods falters late, fails to make British Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ quest for major championship No. 16 got off to a rough start on Thursday at the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush.

The three-time Open champion struggled en route to a 7-over 78 in his opening round, walking off the course T-144 out of 156 players. If Woods has any chance at making the weekend cut, he’ll need some of the same magic he had when he won the Masters earlier this year.

Woods is back on the course Friday for his second round alongside Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed, teeing off at 5:09 a.m. ET. Follow his round with shot-by-shot updates and analysis below.

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Hole 18 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal to end his week and this one finds the rough. It doesn’t look to be a bad lie, but you hate to see the week end like that.

APPROACH SHOT: This one from the rough comes up just short of the green in the fairway. He’s got plenty of green to work with, so an up-and-down par is in play to finish off the week.

AROUND THE GREEN: For the third time, Tiger has come up short of the pin using a putter to get on the green. Just didn’t have the touch.

ON THE GREEN: He had give or take 20 feet left for par, but two-putts from there for bogey to end a disappointing week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 70 (6-over overall).

Hole 17 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: The rains have arrived after a beautiful morning, and the only thing nastier than the weather was Tiger’s tee shot on No. 14. He missed this one big time, finding the left rough.

APPROACH SHOT: This one came out clean but a few expletives and an angry swing means his second shot was even worse than his first. He missed the green and will be in some serious trouble in the rough. That’ll dash the dreams of making the cut, folks.

AROUND THE GREEN: His recovery shot to find the green was great given his lie, finding the green just inside/around 20 feet. Not bad at all.

ON THE GREEN: Two-putt bogey, and the frustration has set in.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 17 (5-over overall).

Hole 16 – Par 3

OFF THE TEE: A solid 4-iron finds the green on the first hole of Royal Portrush’s closing stretch, named “Calamity Corner.” He’s got a little more than 30 feet from there, meaning he’ll probably can the putt like he twice did earlier in his round.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger lags this one to a foot and taps in for par. Par is a good score in any other scenario, except this one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 16 (4-over overall).

Hole 15 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Grip it. Rip it. Twirl it. Beautiful shot from Tiger with a fairway metal finds the short grass.

APPROACH SHOT: Another great tee shot blown by an awful approach. He caught this heavy and comes up short of the green with a wedge from right around 150 yards. Poor effort.

ON THE GREEN: Two-putt par from the fringe/fairway/whatever you want to call it. It’s not a bogey (yay) but he needs birdies.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 15 (4-over overall).

Hole 14 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Another solid stroke off the tee for Tiger here at No. 14. Fairway. Useful.

APPROACH SHOT: Solid shot here from Tiger. He had the right number, just left it a little out to the right. He’ll have, you guessed it, 30 feet.

ON THE GREEN: Birdie putt just slides by and he cleans up for par. The door is closing fast on the weekend (if it’s not shut already).

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 14 (4-over overall).

Hole 13 – Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Not a bad swing here for Tiger, safely on the green, left of the hole. He’ll be the furthest away of the group, but that hasn’t been an issue with any of his other birdie putts today.

ON THE GREEN: Nothing to see here. Casual two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 13 (4-over overall).

Hole 12 – Par 5

OFF THE TEE: Tiger misses a little left here, but it’s left enough that it’s in the trampled-down grass where the patrons stand and not the waist-high grass lining the fairway.

SECOND SHOT: “No, no, no, no, no,” says Tiger. Wasn’t a terrible lie, but it wasn’t the greatest, either. He found the rough further up and to the left. Not too bad from there.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger caught this one pretty clean and finds the green. Wasn’t able to really attack the pin or control his speed from the rough. He’ll have inside 20 feet feet for birdie. He’s struggled to score on par 5’s, and this one would be huge.

ON THE GREEN: No dice with the birdie putt, missing a little left. Taps it in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 12 (4-over overall).

Hole 11 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Driver for Tiger and this one just finds the right rough. Unlucky break from the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: Another great strike from Woods gets this inside 10 feet to set up another solid birdie chance.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger buries the putt for consecutive birdies to make another move towards the cut. Those four missed chances on the front are really hurting now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3-under thru 11 (4-over overall).

Hole 10 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Nine holes to go, five shots outside the projected cut. Tiger has a nice swing here to start his back nine and finds the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT: All three players found the green in two here at No. 10, with Tiger the closest to the pin. He’ll have inside 20 feet with some left-to-right break.

ON THE GREEN: YAHTZEE! That’s his third birdie putt made with some serious movement. What a putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 10 (5-over overall).

Hole 9 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: 3-iron for Tiger and this one is down the middle. Good shot. Five shots outside the cut and this crowd is still riding with the Big Cat like he’s in contention. Patrons have been awesome all week.

APPROACH SHOT: Tiger sticks this one inside 10 feet, his best shot of the day (outside of the two birdie putts). He has to make this or else his weekend chances will officially be deflated.

ON THE GREEN: Nope. Misses right. That par stings.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under 35 on the front nine (6-over overall).

Hole 8 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: TW pulls driver from the bag here and this one finds the fairway. He desperately needs to bounce back here if he has any sort of prayer of making the cut (currently at 1-over).

APPROACH SHOT: Another miss to the left for Tiger here. Had a clean lie, just not a good shot.

AROUND THE GREEN: He didn’t have a great lie but he hit a fantastic recovery shot. A nice little bump-and-run chip rolls just past the cup by a few feet, setting up the par save.

ON THE GREEN: Nothing to see here, cleans up for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 8 (6-over overall)

Hole 7 – Par 5

OFF THE TEE: B-e-a-utiful tee shot here from Tiger. He definitely has a little more spring in his step today. Tiger’s drive went 335 yards and he’ll have 260 to the hole. Go time.

APPROACH SHOT: 5-wood here and he pulled it. Hard. Left. “No” and “(expletive)” came out of his mouth right away. That’s a great drive for nothing now.

THIRD SHOT: He kicks this one from the rough just short of the green. Time to scramble to get up-and-down for par.

AROUND THE GREEN: Putter here for Tiger again off the green and leaves it short once again. Lot of meat left on the bone there for par.

ON THE GREEN: Tiger misses the eight footer for par and taps in for bogey. No. 7 is playing as the easiest hole so far today and Tiger just gave up two strokes on it. That’s a momentum-killer.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 7 (6-over overall).

Hole 6 – Par 3

OFF THE TEE: 189 yards here on the par 3 and Tiger is pin-high to the left of the cup. He’ll have a slope to deal with on the birdie putt, would be surprised if he makes it from there. Then again, he is Tiger, so, who knows.

ON THE GREEN: Of course he makes that one. Perfect pace. Perfect line. Tiger’s not done yet, folks.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2-under thru 6 (5-over overall).

Hole 5 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Driveable par 4 here for the boys and the Big Cat has the Big Stick in his hand for the first time today. He’s just off the right side of the fairway, close to the green. Might be a tricky shot to the pin from there.

AROUND THE GREEN: Tough pin location was made more difficult with where Tiger’s tee shot ended up. There was a downhill slope on the green before the pin, but Tiger was able to flop this shot to the perfect landing spot. It’s not close to the pin, but from there, anything inside 20 feet is good work.

ON THE GREEN: Let’s say 15 feet for birdie, and Tiger hit his put 14.5 feet. It just checks up before the cup. That’s a second missed birdie putt that needed to fall. He could be in the midst of making a run for the weekend but he’s running out of holes he can score on. Disappointing par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 5 (6-over overall).

Hole 4 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Another fairway metal and this one cuts down the middle of the fairway, catches a ridge and runs to the flat part of the fairway. Perfect spot.

APPROACH SHOT: Center of the green here from Tiger, about 20-some feet to the right of the pin. Solid swing there, probably could have attacked the pin a bit more but after yesterday’s round, a green-in-regulation will do just fine.

ON THE GREEN: Scratch that: 18 feet for birdie. Woods gave this putt some serious pace and really went after it, but had too much speed for that line. He cleans up the three-footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 4 (6-over overall).

Hole 3 – Par 3

OFF THE TEE: Center of the green here on the first par 3 of the day for Tiger. Nice, safe shot.

ON THE GREEN: From just outside 30 feet Tiger lags this one within a foot and taps in for par. Not much to say about that hole. Efficiency at its finest.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 3 (6-over overall).

Hole 2 – Par 5

OFF THE TEE: Fairway metal again off the tee on the par 5 for Tiger and this one finds the left side of the fairway. Safe and sound.

SECOND SHOT: Hybrid here for Tiger and he misses the green, pin-high left. The green is elevated, so he’ll have a decision on how to play his third to set up an up-and-down birdie attempt to really jump-start this round.

AROUND THE GREEN: He goes with putter here and leaves it well short. He didn’t give the putt enough pace and his ball just stays up on the ridge. He’s got 20 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN: This one was left the whole way and now he’s five feet past the cup. What looked promising is now going to have to be a par save. He cleans up and converts for par, but that’s a big opportunity missed.

Oh, and fun fact: Jordan Spieth just took a share of the lead after going birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie. So that’s cool.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 2 (6-over overall).

Hole 1 – Par 4

OFF THE TEE: Well … it can’t be as bad as yesterday, right? British Open second round, let’s go. Fairway metal for Tiger off the tee here on No. 1 and he tugs it a little left in the rough. We’re off.

SECOND SHOT: His lie from the rough wasn’t too bad as Tiger gets this one out of the thick stuff and up on the green. Pretty decent result from there and we’ve got a birdie putt on No. 1.

ON THE GREEN: BANG! Inside 30 feet and Tiger plays a big break here absolutely perfect into the bottom of the cup. Tiger puts the marinara on the pasta early here with a birdie on No. 1.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-under thru 1 (6-over overall).

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