BETHESDA, Md. – Tiger Woods never felt so good after shooting a bad score.
Needing two attempts to escape a plugged lie in a bunker put him a hole. Four straight bogeys on the back nine Friday in the Quicken Loans National buried his chances of making it to the weekend. Over two rounds at Congressional Country Club, he missed 16 greens and managed to save par a mere three times.
Woods was back — just not for long.
Playing for the first time since March 9 and returning from back surgery, he had a 4-over-par 75 on Friday and missed the cut by four shots. It was the 10th time in his PGA Tour career Woods missed a 36-hole cut, and perhaps the first time he didn’t sound overly distressed.
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“I hate to say it, but I’m really encouraged by what happened this week,” Woods said. “I missed the cut by four shots — that’s a lot. But the fact that what I was able to do physically, and the speed I had and the distance that I was hitting the golf ball again, I had not done that in a very long time. Felt great today. Then, as I said, I made so many little mistakes … all the little things that I know I can fix.”
Four players are tied for the lead at 6-under 136 — Marc Leishman (66), fellow Australian Oliver Goss (66), Patrick Reed (68) and Ricky Barnes (69).
Michael Putnam (72), who is from University Place, was tied for 21st at 1 under. Former Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (68) was tied for 27th place at even par and Kevin Chappell (72), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 40th at 1 over.
Kyle Stanley (73-73—146) of Gig Harbor missed the cut by one stroke.
Langer leads by 2
PITTSBURGH – Bernhard Langer conquered the Fox Chapel course for the second straight day, shooting a 6-under 64 to take the lead in the Senior Players Championship — one of five majors on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.
Langer, 56, was at 11-under 129 after 36 holes.
Bill Glasson (64) and Doug Garwood (67) were two strokes off the lead.
Kirk Triplett (70), a graduate of Pullman High, was tied for 44th at even-par 140 and Rick Fehr (70) of Seattle was tied for 48th at 1 over.
Wie stays close
ROGERS, Ark. – Michelle Wie shot a bogey-free, 5-under 66 in her first round since winning the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday at Pinehurst in North Carolina, leaving her a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp in the NW Arkansas Championship.
Sharp, a Canadian ranked 234th in the world, needed a mere 27 putts.
Alejandra Llaneza matched Wie with a 66.
Wie spent much of her week on a media tour that included the national morning shows.
“Definitely running on fumes right now,” Wie said.
Jimin Kang (69), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was tied for 25th at 2 under.
Kaymer misses cut
COLOGNE, Germany – Local favorite Martin Kaymer missed the cut in the BMW International Open, his first event since winning the U.S. Open on June 15.
Pablo Larrazabal (63) of Spain, Emiliano Grillo (66) of Argentina, Danny Willett (68) of England and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) of Argentina were tied for the lead at 12-under 132.
Kaymer (71-73—144) missed the cut by four shots.