Tiger Woods Misses Cut for First Time in Seven Years

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship a few minutes ago by one stroke. It was the first time since 1998.

Tiger’s cuts-made streak ends (ESPN)

Tiger Woods finally has a weekend off, missing the cut Friday at the Byron Nelson Championship to end his record of 142 consecutive cuts made over the last seven years on the PGA Tour. Needing a par on the 18th hole at Cottonwood Valley, Woods hit a 7-iron left into the bunker and could get no closer than 15 feet. The putt hung on the right lip and stayed there, as his shoulders slumped ever so slightly. He turned his putter perpendicular to tap in for a 2-over 72, leaving him at 1 over par for the tournament. The cut was even par. “I just didn’t quite have it,” Woods said.

The streak dated to the 1998 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where Woods withdrew instead of returning nearly seven months later to complete the third round in the rain-delayed tournament. The cut was made after 54 holes at Pebble because it was played on three courses.


“Just the streak in itself is amazing,” said Kevin Sutherland, who played with Woods and Peter Lonard the first two days. “I don’t think people realize how difficult it is to make that many in a row. That shows how hard he plays every time he tees it up.”

Perhaps the best measure of his streak came shortly after he missed the cut. Ernie Els, playing two groups behind him, birdied the final hole to finish at 4 under par. Els now has the longest active cut streak on tour — 20 tournaments.

Simply staggering.

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