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Tiger Woods misses cut on PGA Tour comeback at Farmers Insurance Open

Former world number one cards level par second round at Torrey Pines Golf Course but fails to make the weekend

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 7:15am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 January, 2017, 11:13am

Tiger Woods’ long-awaited PGA Tour comeback came to a premature end on Friday after the former world number one missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods had started the day at Torrey Pines Golf Course needing a low second round score to extend his participation into the weekend after a wayward four-over-par first round 76 on Thursday.

But despite perfect conditions on Torrey Pines’ more forgiving North Course, Woods again struggled to generate any momentum, carding a level par 72 which left him four-over after 36 holes.

Woods was left revising his plans for the weekend after a disappointing outing in his first PGA Tour event since August 2015.

“It’s frustrating, not being able to have a chance to win the tournament,” Woods said. “I didn’t make the cut.”

Woods, who now heads to the Middle East for the Dubai Desert Classic next week, took comfort from signs of improvement following his erratic opening round.

“Overall today was a lot better than yesterday. I hit it better, I putted well again,” Woods added.

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“I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn’t go in. But I hit it a lot better today which was nice.

“Playing tournament golf is a bit different to playing with your buddies in a cart. I need to get more rounds under my belt and more playing time and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Woods, who played in the unofficial Hero World Challenge invitational last month, is stepping up his comeback with a demanding series of tournaments as he targets April’s Masters at Augusta.

But the 41-year-old could only reflect on a frustrating outing at Torrey Pines, the picturesque coastal course nestling against the Pacific Ocean just outside San Diego where he has won no fewer than eight times.

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Englishman Justin Rose holds a one-shot lead after carding a one-under 71 on the South Course.

Rose, who was at eight-under overall, now gets two more cracks at the South Course, where the average score for two days was 73.8.

“Everyone has played both courses now, and now we get to play the bruiser for the next two days,” Rose said. “So you just want to basically put yourself within shot.”

Brandt Snedeker was one shot behind as he tries to join JC Snead, Woods and Phil Mickelson as the only back-to-back winners since this event began in 1952.