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Tiger Woods misses cut at Farmers; Rose holds lead

By The Sports Xchange
Professional golfer and tournament host, Tiger Woods, answers questions about his event and his health from the media during a press conference at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament on June 22, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI
1 of 3 | Professional golfer and tournament host, Tiger Woods, answers questions about his event and his health from the media during a press conference at the Quicken Loans National golf tournament on June 22, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI | License Photo

Tiger Woods' return to competitive golf after a 17-month injury hiatus won't include a weekend on the links.

The 41-year-old Woods shot even-par 72 on the Torrey Pines North Course on Friday to complete two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-over total of 148, four shots over the cut.

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Woods has won eight professional tournaments on the course in La Jolla, Calif. -- including the 2008 U.S. Open -- but was unable to get into a groove in his return from multiple back surgeries.

"It is frustrating not being able to have a chance at winning the tournament," Woods said in his post-round interview. "I didn't make the cut.

"Overall, today was a lot better than yesterday. I hit it better, I putted well again."

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England's Justin Rose is the leader at 8-under 136. Rose shot a 71 on Friday after opening with a blistering 65.

Defending champion Brandt Snedeker (69) and Canada's Adam Hadwin (71) are one shot back. Ollie Schniederjans (69) and Keegan Bradley (69) are two shots behind.

Meanwhile, Woods missed a cut at Torrey Pines for the first time in his career.

Woods shot a 4-over 76 on Thursday while playing the tougher South Course. That round included five bogeys and one double bogey.

Woods made fewer hitting mistakes on Friday when he limited the bogeys to two. But he had just two birdies and couldn't put together a run at reaching the cut.

It marked the 16th time Woods has missed the cut in his PGA Tour career and seven of them have occurred since 2014. He admitted that the long layoff was a factor in his sluggish play in this tournament.

"Playing tournament golf is a little bit different than playing with buddies at home on a cart," Woods said. "I need to get more rounds under my belt and more playing time."

Woods' birdies were both on par-5 holes -- Nos. 5 and 10.

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Woods' star playing partners, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, also missed the cut.

Day shot 74 for a 3-over 147. The Australian had three bogeys and one birdie. Johnson had five bogeys and three birdies while shooting 74 for a 2-over 146 total.

Rickie Fowler (75 on Friday, 147 total) also missed the cut.

Phil Mickelson is sticking around for the weekend after making the cut by one stroke. He was all over the course on Friday as his even-par 72 included five birdies and five bogeys.

Rose posted three birdies against two bogeys in Friday's round on the South Course. It wasn't as smooth as his first-round effort on the North Course but he was satisfied that he was able to retain the lead.

"I'm happy with that today. I hit my first 10 greens, I was playing lovely," Rose said. "Made a great save at 11, parred the tough 12th hole, had a birdie opportunity at 13 so things were going really well.

"I felt like I was in control but this golf course is tough. ... Might be my perspective more than anything, but as we turned into the winds, the greens got bumpy."

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Snedeker is trying to join Woods and Mickelson as the only two golfers to win this tournament in back-to-back years. He had six birdies on Friday but also had three bogeys.

"It would be something to check off," Snedeker said of possibly repeating as champion. "It would be really impressive to come back and do it again, but there's a lot of golf to go.

"One thing about Torrey Pines is there is always a packed leaderboard. Normally there are a bunch of guys on Sunday with a chance to win so you have to stay in the game and keep grinding."

Hadwin registered four birdies and three bogeys while shooting his 71.

Next up for Woods is the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai next week as he tries to re-develop a tournament routine.

At the forefront of his mind is the Masters at Augusta.

"I'm trying to get ready for that first full week in April," Woods said. "That's where I eventually want everything to come together. That's the plan. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to win this golf tournament on the weekend but I have next week."

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