This was the result that many thought was possible when Tiger Woods made his return at the Masters after a five-month long self-imposed hiatus from the game of golf.
The doubters were off by one competition.
After opening the tournament with his lowest first-round score at Augusta National in his career, he went on to finish in fourth place, and was in contention all week long.
So much for rust. Almost.
Coming into this week at Quail Hollow, Woods was established as the betting favorite on Online Sportsbooks, as things were seemingly back on the road to normalcy, with Woods in contention to win events.
However, after a round of 2-over-par 74 on Thursday, Woods found himself nine shots out of the lead. He hit wayward tee shots, poorly judged irons shots, and misread putts.
That theme carried over, and then some on Friday, as Woods misses the cut at Quail Hollow for the first time in his career, and sixth cut ever as a professional. He carded a 7-over 79, that included a 43 on the back nine for his highest nine hole total as a professional.
His last missed cut came at the 2009 British Open. He went on a string from 1997 to 2005 without missing a single cut, and 2006 to 2009.
Woods came off of the golf course on Thursday very frustrated with every aspect of his game.
“I had a lot of issues out there trying to figure out where my balls were going to go,” Woods said after his first round. “I hit a bunch of balls left, I hit a bunch of balls right, hit a few down the middle.”
“I’m trying. But when you’re fighting a miss like this and trying to piece together a round to keep myself in the tournament is pretty tough.”
“I try and be easy on myself, but I know what I can do and I’m not doing it. “It’s just a matter of carrying it to the golf course. And I haven’t done that yet.”
Woods was missing left, and missing right. His irons would fly short, and far. His putts would lip out and roll past.
He made back-to-back double bogeys on No.13 and No.14.
Woods is next scheduled to play in two weeks at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla at TPC Sawgrass beginning May 5.
Woods has a history of struggling at the event, winning once however in 2001.