*Tiger Woods is out of the Quail Hollow Championship after matching the worst nine-hole score of his PGA Tour career Friday with a 7-over 79 Friday, which wasn’t nearly enough to continue play on Saturday and Sunday.
The golfer had three-putt bogeys on consecutive holes, he hit a flop shot that ran over the green and into the water, and he bottomed out on the 15th green with a four-putt double bogey from just over 30 feet.
“It is what it is,” Woods said when asked if rust or mechanics were the culprit. “Whatever it was, it wasn’t good enough.”
This marks only the sixth time in Tiger’s 14-year career that he has missed the cut. Making the performance even more surprising is that Woods was coming off a tie for fourth at the Masters three weeks ago, a remarkable performance considering it was his first competition since a five-month break after being caught cheating on his wife.
“He’s obviously got things in his mind other than what’s going between the ropes right now,” said British Open champion Stewart Cink, who played with Woods. “You’ve got to learn how to balance what’s going on in your life with your golf. And if you’re not in a great place mentally, then it sometimes shows up out there.”
This was his first time playing at a regular PGA Tour event with public ticket sales, and the crowd was gracious as ever with a few exceptions. Two fans, including a woman, held thumbs-down as Woods walked off the 15th green.
Police also escorted away a fan who apparently heckled Woods as he left the 17th green. A friend of the fan, who declined to give his name, said the fan only said, “No red shirt for you on Sunday.”