Tiger Woods was back. Just not for very long.
Woods missed a 36-hole cut for only the 10th time on the PGA Tour with a game that showed signs of rust from being out of competition for more than three months.
Right when he was poised to make a run, Woods made four straight bogeys on the back nine at Congressional to end any hopes of playing the weekend at the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Maryland.
He shot a 4-over 75 on Friday and missed the cut by four shots at 7-over 148.
Woods had back surgery March 31 and had hoped to return for the British Open next month. Instead, he played the Quicken Loans National because he felt strong enough, and because it benefits his foundation.
“I came back four weeks earlier than we thought I could,” Woods said. “I had no setbacks. I got my feel for playing tournament golf. I made a ton of simple, little mistakes. Those are the little things I can correct.”
Marc Leishman of Australia turned a potential bogey into an unlikely birdie when he holed out from 127 yards on the par-5 ninth hole on his way to a 5-under 66 and a four-way share of the lead.
Oliver Goss, another Aussie who is making his second pro start, had a bogey-free 66 and joined Leishman at 6-under 136 along with Ricky Barnes (69) and Patrick Reed (68).
Bernhard Langer overpowered vulnerable Fox Chapel for the second straight day, shooting a 6-under 64 to take the lead in the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh.
The two-time Masters champion was at 11-under 129 after 36 holes as he searches for his first victory at the Senior Players after five top-10 finishes.
Former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett has shot back-to-back rounds of 70 and is 11 strokes behind the leader at 140.
Michelle Wie shot a 5-under 66 in her first round since winning the U.S. Women’s Open, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Arkansas.
Sharp, the Canadian ranked 234th in the world, had only 27 putts in her opening 65 at Pinnacle Country Club.
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