DUBLIN, Ohio, USA (AP) – Despite dragging five months without competing, Tiger Woods rescued the crucial blows, including Friday’s big putts at the Memorial. Neither was as outstanding as the seven-footer on his last hole.
It just saved him from the painful need to go home earlier than planned … for now.
Woods missed two three-foot putts at the start of the round, which left him stray for a long time. He failed to put a couple of shots on the green from the undergrowth and had to close with birdie, birdie, and par in order to salvage a round of 76 shots, four above par.
This was just enough to make the cut, with a cumulative 147, three over par. This is his worst total after 36 holes on the Muirfield Village course, where he debuted at the Memorial in 1997.
The Memorial, Masters, and Arnold Palmer Invitational are the only tournaments Woods has played at least 15 times without missing a cut on one occasion.
Woods said his back felt a little stiff as he warmed up. He said that he could not swing as he would have liked.
Thus, the warm and calm morning became a torment for the star.
But when asked if the discomfort would sideline him from the weekend activity, Woods replied, “I wish I had a chance to play tomorrow.”
When his round was over, Woods was below the border that allowed him to pass the cut. He received help from another pair of Californians.
Max Homa finished with two bogeys, while Bryson DeChambeau incurred a disastrous 10 at 15, par five. This raised the cut limit to three over par.
Ryan Palmer (68) and Tony Finau (69) share the first place, with a cumulative of 135 hits, nine under par. A blow behind marches the Spanish Jon Rahm.