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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

RELATED: Tiger Woods WITB

Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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  1. Joro

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Lets have a moment of silence for Mr Woods, he needs it. The Golf Channel is devastated, Kelly is thinking suicide, and the Schnoz Rich Lerner can’t even function.

    The former best in the World has become inadequate, but he had his day. He is leaving a legacy though of deflowering Waitrese and Concierges around the world, too bad.

  2. Notah Bengay

    Feb 18, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    I would rather watch paint dry than this old wannabe. I heard he is quite the ladies man though!

  3. Andrew

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Perhaps it’s time for Tiger to call Jay Haas, Fred Funk, Kenny Perry, and Fred Couples to ask them how to be competitive on the regular tour past 50.

  4. BeardedClam

    Feb 17, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t get it. What is so appealing about watching a guy miss fairways, pull irons and miss easy putts? He was a nice player in his time but his time is now over. Tiger is not relevant anymore. There is a new generation of players that are exciting to watch.

  5. Chuckster

    Feb 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Johnny and Fred!!! Thank you, thank you!! Some of these guys can’t let it GO!! DUDE IS DONE! Next thing you know they’ll be clambering for the The Golden Bear’s return to da Senior…..errrrrrr….Champions Tour and crying their eyes out because he can’t make a cut!!! Eldrick….thank you for invading my privacy with your off the course nonsense! I need my privacy to deal with all these WRX Eldrick die nevers!!

  6. Steve Sands

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Sadly Taylor Made pays to put their latest gimic drivers into these guys hands and they suffer with accuracy. Ted Potter was straight and accurate and smoked DJ, Rory and Day last week despite being 50 yards behind them.

    This week you have Patrick Cantlay an average hitter and Ryan Moore with higher spinning drivers leading on a very long course.

    If he went to a Cally, Titleist or Ping higher spinning drivers he would be much more accurate.

  7. Tartan Golf Travel

    Feb 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

    The good news is he appears healthy for now. The bad news is he is not even close to being competitive against these young studs on tour. It is not more reps unfortunately. His swing is flawed. It’s causing a 2 way miss. It might be the swing he has to do to protect his back. To his credit probably only he and Phil could shoot those scores with that swing!

  8. Scarface

    Feb 17, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I’d much rather watch Langer than sicko Eldrick

  9. Paolo

    Feb 17, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Tiger is too talented not to win again . Taylormade should make him a zero iron as a driver replacement . Tiger is amongst the best long iron players of all time .

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Was the best long iron player….

    • Johnny q. Weer

      Feb 17, 2018 at 10:44 am

      Paolo,
      Zero iron = Zero fairways. The guy is done.

  10. Shearlom

    Feb 17, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Still holding out for Tiger, one thing I learned from being there today, why would anyone pay $500 or more for a driver, I watched a lot of the best players in the world missing fairway after fairway using the newest drivers money can buy. If the best players in the world cannot find a fairway with the best drivers (and you can be sure an expert is setting them up not a guy form Dicks) why do we think a driver is going to fit us or be better then the one already in the bag????

  11. FredAlbers

    Feb 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Get a grip folks he is done. I like watching the young guys who can actually hit a fairway and make a putt.

  12. Gerry Mandering

    Feb 16, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hey Gerald, have fun sniffing Tiger’s jock strap!

  13. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    That course looked brutal! I likely would be walking away with a 120 easily. And I am a 90s shooter. Putting and hitting out of the rough humble us all unless we are too proud to admit it!

    • The dude

      Feb 17, 2018 at 7:57 am

      Speak for yourself…..and 90 shooters should not be posting on GWX…..:)

  14. Gerald Teigrob

    Feb 16, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Agreed Dat! Sadly the comment poster above yours has no clue…they need to stop sniffing glue. Don’t tell us we are too old and banged up…prove it with your golf game…go hard or go home!

  15. Chuckster

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Yeah right, more reps’ll do it!! Please…..go tell that to Steve Lowry, Ben Curtis, Vijay Sling, John Huston, and Brad Faxon! When your golf clock is done, u’r DONE!! His high level days are OVA! And then the Tour tries to sugar coat the TV exposure by forcing him into a JT and Rory tee time! Not happening. Lets’s focus on the other kids coming up, dude has his due. NEXT!!!

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Feb 16, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Back atcha! Maybe you should take your own advice! I guess you don’t want me watching the PGA this weekend…good for you…I have better things to do that won’t put me to sleep watching Rory or others…yawn!

  16. dat

    Feb 16, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Just needs to add some more stops to the schedule. You have to play at a high level often to have a shot at doing well.

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5 things we learned on Sunday of the 2018 U.S. Open

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Opportunity knocked for so many golfers, yet it was the 2017 champion who seized the moment when it was his. Brooks Koepka fired his second sub-par round of the week on Sunday to separate from playing partner Dustin Johnson, and enter the pantheon of multiple major champions. He became the 7th player to defend his title, joining old-school legends like Willie Anderson and John McDermott, mid-century icons like Ralph Guldahl and Ben Hogan, and the last man to accomplish the feat, Curtis Strange. With that introduction, let’s move to the main event, the 5 things we learned on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

5) The USGA gave golf a chance

True to its word, the USGA pulled out all the stops in the wee hours of Sunday morn. The course set-up team ensured that enough water was distributed to putting surfaces, that worthy shots would not be punished. Hole locations were assessed and confirmed, also ensuring that multiple opportunities for success were available. As a result, 15 golfers turned in scores under par of 70, highlighted by Tommy Fleetwood’s 7-under stunner. Although many fans, writers and players were quick to assault the organizers for losing control of the course, the USGA reminded us that it always had control of the conditions at Shinny, and that its only mistake was to soar too close to the sun.

4) Captain America ran out of gas

If Patrick Reed had been able to sign his card on the 9th tee, when he stood 5-under on the day and 1-over for the tournament, he would be in a playoff with the eventual champion as I type. Unfortunate for this year’s Masters champion was that 10 holes remained. Reed promptly bogeyed the 9th, added 3 more bogeys on the inward half, and summoned just one birdie toward the end. His fourth-place finish was his best in a U.S. Open, but knowing that victory was in the cards will sting for a while.

3) DJ and Finau gave it a run

Where to begin? How about this: DJ had four bogeys on Sunday. He totaled that many on Thursday-Friday combined. He had birdies, too, but couldn’t find the game that possessed him over the opening 36 holes. Oddly enough, this type of experience won’t be a setback for the 2016 champion. After all, he came back from a career-killer in 2015, when he 3-whacked his way out of a playoff with Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay. As for Milton Pouhau Finau, aka Tony, the Utah native had never before been in the final group on any day of a major professional championship. He acquitted himself well, standing even on the day and 3-over for T2 at the 18th tee. Knowing that he needed eagle for a playoff might have taken the final winds from his sails, and he limped home with double bogey and solo third. Looking ahead to the final August playing of the PGA Championship, Bellerive near St. Louis might just be his type of course.

2) Tom Terrific nearly made his own U.S. Open history

I’ll write this cautiously, as I’m certain I would have intimated in the 1980s and 90s that Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood would have been major champions by now. Tommy Fleetwood ought to win one of these things soon. His record-tying 63 was a short putt away from a record-breaking 62. Eight birdies against a single bogey was the stuff of legend, and if only he had trusted that final putt a bit higher on the break … that’s not fair. Fleetwood right now is the fellow to watch at Carnoustie next month. Bet a few quid or bob or whatever on the Southport native, as he should contend for the title.

1) Brooks cooks up a winning broth

It’s easy to look back and see all the great shots that the defending champion hit over the four days of the 2018 U.S. Open, shots that would win him his second consecutive trophy. Remember that 60-feet bomb to save par on Saturday? Shades of Costantino Rocca. How about the approach shots to within mere feet that earned him 5 birdies on Sunday, including a competition-killer on 16? Koepka was the guy we thought Dustin Johnson would be. Perhaps it was the time off for wrist rehabilitation early this season that gave him the burning desire to win. Out for nearly 4 months, Koepka had plenty of time to ponder what he achieved last June in Wisconsin, and what might lay ahead for him. The begged question is, does the most recent, two-time major winner have the game to acquire more of the game’s cherished trophies?

Related: Brooks Koepka’s Winning WITB from the 2018 U.S. Open

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (par 70; 7,440 yards) in Southhampton, New York. The U.S. Open returns to Shinnecock for the first time since 2004 when Retief Goosen won (he failed to qualify for the 2018 event).

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Phil Mickelson, who has two top-5 finishes at Shinnecock Hills, will seek to fill out his career Grand Slam with a win this week. Also, it’s Tiger Woods’ 10-year anniversary of winning the legendary 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines — that was his most recent major championship victory.

Also in the field are headliners Dustin Johnson (now ranked No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings), Justin Thomas (No. 2), Justin Rose (No. 3), Jon Rahm (No. 4) and Jordan Spieth (No. 5).

Brooks Koepka (No. 9) is the defending champion; he won last year by four shots for his first and only major so far in his career.

Check out our photos from Shinnecock Hills below!

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Spotted at Shinnecock: #RVLife, superb staff bags, stellar stampings

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We’re on the famed grounds of Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the second major of the year. With the U.S. Open returned to such a visually and historically rich venue, it may be a bit tough to focus on equipment.

Nevertheless, we spotted some cool stuff, Tuesday, as the players move ever closer to the second major of th eyear.

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#RVLife propronent, Jason Day’s putter cover is incredible.

Michael Greller displays an essential caddie skill…

Face of Tiger’s wedge. Do these look like standard TaylorMade MG grooves to you?

Greatest side panel on a bag ever?

Who isn’t happy to see “Woods” on USGA tournament signage?

Shintaro Ban’s unique dot stamping is, well, money.

A look at the Bridgestone U.S. Open staff bag and headcovers.

Kenny Perry: Still gaming R7 irons.

Scott Gregory with some solid wedge stamping.

What is this lead taped and war torn beauty?

All our photos from Tuesday

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