SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Tiger Woods will likely have the opportunity to spend more time on his yacht this weekend after another poor round at the U.S. Open on Friday means he is headed toward a missed cut.
Woods, who opened the tournament with a 78 on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, was in position to play the weekend through 9 holes of the second round before again making a mess of the par-4 first (his 10th), where he made a double-bogey 6 after making a 7 there on Thursday.
That one hole, a 400-yard par-4, cost Woods 5 shots, which is ultimately the difference in him playing the weekend.
Woods shot 72 and finished at 150,10 over par. The projected cut when he finished was at 7 over, although it could go up. He finished 14 strokes back of leader Dustin Johnson.
A missed cut would be the second of the year for Woods in 10 events and his eighth overall as a pro in major championships. It would be his third at the U.S. Open, after missed cuts in 2006 and 2015. For his career, Woods came into the U.S. Open having missed just 18 cuts worldwide, 17 on the PGA Tour as a pro.
The 14-time major champion who was playing his first U.S. Open since 2015 due to back problems, has his yacht, Privacy, parked at a nearby marina. His next tournament is in two weeks at the Quicken Loans National outside of Washington, D.C.
This is the 40th major championship since Woods’ last major title at the 2008 U.S. Open, and he’s played in just 26 of them due to injury. He’s had nine top-10s and now seven missed cuts. Woods last contended at a major during the 2003 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.