* Woods misses cut after second round 79
* Refuses to blame personal problems for failure
(Updates with details, quotes)
By Julian Linden
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, April 30 Another
side of Tiger Woods was unveiled to the golfing world on
Friday. And just like the last time, it was shocking to see.
The private life of the world's richest sportsman had
already been laid bare by the sordid revelations of his
extra-marital affairs. Now his golf game is facing examination.
It is too early to say what, if any, effect his personal
troubles will have on his game but Woods ensured those
questions would be asked after a rare inept performance at the
Quail Hollow championship on Friday.
Woods missed the cut for only the sixth time in his
professional career after rounds of 74 and 79. That alone
should be no real cause for concern but it was the manner of
his early exit that was most alarming.
By his own incredible standards, this was a train crash the
golfing world never expected to see. Woods looked like a man
with the weight of the world on his shoulders but insisted the
distractions in his private life were not to blame.
"Does it test you? Yes, of course it does," he told
"Is that any excuse? No, because I'm out there and I have
the same opportunity as everybody else here in this field to
shoot a good number, and I didn't do that."
Golf is a game that revolves around numbers and Wood's
numbers were not impressive. At times, he looked like any
It was just the sixth time in 241 professional appearances
that he missed the cut. His second round of 79 was the second
worst of his pro career, two behind the 81 he shot at the 2002
Woods took 43 shots to complete the back nine on Friday.
This did match his worst-ever record. For the first time in
nearly three years he made double bogeys on successive holes.
"It does bother me, no doubt," he said.
"But at least I get the weekend to watch and see how it's
done, how real players play golf."
Woods was appearing in only his second tournament since
coming out of his self-imposed five-month exile. No-one really
expected him to start winning tournaments straight away, but
even less thought he would implode as he did on Friday after
finishing fourth at the US Masters.
There were ominous signs after he shot 74 on the first day
and he struggled to get through his first nine holes on Friday
level with the card, spoiling three birdies with three bogeys.
What unfolded on the back nine was like watching a man
bleed on the course. Woods bogeyed the 10th, 11th and 12th
holes to suddenly drop back to five-over-par. He stopped the
rot with a par at the 13th before making a double-bogey at the
14th when he pitched over the green and into the water.
Worse was to come at the next hole when he four-putted for
another double bogey. He closed with three pars to avoid
shooting an embarrassing 80 but that failed to save him from
having to pack his bags and head back home.
"It is what it is," he said. "Whatever it was, it wasn't
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