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Woods adds another chapter to stunning downfall; Former No. 1 headed toward missed cut at PGA
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) ' Tiger Woods' stunning downfall was about to have another chapter added to it ' missing the cut at the PGA Championship.
The player who once dominated golf had little chance of making it to the weekend after a brutal stretch of shots Friday at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Scott Verplank surged into the lead as first-round leader Steve Stricker faltered with the putter. But this was shaping up as another day epitomizing Woods' collapse.
Coming off a 7-over 77 ' his worst opening round ever in a major ' Woods' main priority was making sure he didn't get sent home. He had only missed the cut in two other majors as a pro: The 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, shortly after the death of the his father, and the British Open at Turnberry two years ago.
Woods had glimmer of hope after closing the front side with back-to-back birdies, pushing him back to even-par on the day and three shots off the projected cut line.
But it all fell apart at the 11th hole, which Woods played like an average duffer. He put his tee shot in a bunker. He knocked his approach into another pit of sand left of the green. From an awkward lie, he put his left foot sideways on the grass and tried to pull off a delicate shot with water looming on the other side.
Woods got too much of the ball, which sped across the green and plopped into the pond. He wound up making double bogey, pretty much finishing off his hopes.
After that, he didn't appear to care anymore.
His drive at the 12th sailed into the trees left of the fairway, forcing him to punch out. Then he unleashed a wild, one-handed shot with a wood from the first cut, letting go of the club as the ball whizzed right back into the trees.
Woods wound up with another double-bogey, his fifth in two days ' the first time he's ever made that many doubles in any professional tournament. His overall score climbed to a staggering 11 over.