By Mary Cunningham
Tiger Woods missed the cut in the British Open and heads back to America with his game and boddy in tatters.
A 1-under-par 70 that included bogeys on the final two holes at Royal Portrush on Friday meant a disappointing end to the British and the major season for Woods, who after the jubilation of winning the Masters in April has played just four tournaments with little success.
The back problems that led to four surgeries in the past five years resurfaced, seemingly worse than at any time in the past two years that saw a resurgence to No. 5 in the world and two victories, including his 15th major championship.
“I just want some time off just to get away from it,” Woods said after finishing at 148, 6 over par, well off the 36-hole cut number. “I had a long trip to Thailand [for a family vacation after the U.S. Open], and then trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it’s been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything. I just want to go home.”
Woods said he didn’t feel much better than he did Thursday, when he made a single birdie and shot his highest first round in The Open (78) and his worst overall since an 81 at the 2002 Open. But he played far better, hitting 14 greens in regulation and several excellent longer shots.