Well, so much for that. Two rounds into his dramatic return from injury, Tiger Woods is already done at his own Quicken Loans Invitational tournament in Bethesda, Md. After shooting a first-round 74 (three over par) on Thursday, Woods shot a four-over 75 in the second round on Friday to finish at seven over par. That’s not good enough to make the cut and Woods will go home before the weekend begins for the 10th time in his PGA Tour career.
As expected, Woods was rusty after his nearly three-month absence from competition due to back problems. At age 38, Woods has battled injuries more and more over the past few years, especially after his incredible performance in the 2008 U.S. Open on a bum knee. His rustiness was especially evident in his short game at Bethesda as he missed critical putt after critical putt, showing no confidence whatsoever on the greens. That wasn’t the case in 2008, but that was also before his infamous Thanksgiving Day debacle.
Of course, Woods’ lack of confidence on the greens is no surprise after his long layoff, but the amount of drives he hit that landed off the fairway was somewhat alarming. However, he did show some relentlessness on both Thursday and Friday as he finished the first round with three birdies on the last six holes to go along with three pars and then a birdie on No. 16 in the second round to go along with a pair of pars to finish the day. So as rough as the tournament seemed for the host player, he did show a little bit of his old self every now and then to suggest he could rebound in time to compete in the last two majors of the year.