Tiger Woods shoots worst score as a pro
Graham DeLaet in tie for 10th place
Martin Laird had another 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in a Phoenix Open that will be without Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Super Bowl weekend.
The bigger shock was Woods — not because he missed the cut, but how. Woods made bogey on his last hole for an 11-over-par 82, the worst score in his two decades as a pro.
Mickelson played in the afternoon and wasn't much better. He shot 76 and missed the cut by two shots.
Woods never shot a score this high in his 1,267 official rounds as a pro and he never looked more lost on a golf course.
Woods was in last place when he headed home to Florida to try to fix a game in disarray, even behind Arizona club pro Michael Hopper, who had yet to tee off. It was the first time in his career that he missed the cut in consecutive PGA Tour events, the most recent one in August at the PGA Championship.
About the only thing he didn't lose was his sense of humour.
"I'm just doing this so I don't get fined," Woods said with a smile as he faced the media, repeating Marshawn Lynch's only line at Super Bowl media day.
Even so, this round might have been more painful than getting his tooth knocked out last week in Italy.
His previous worst score was an 81 in the third round at Muirfield in the 2002 British Open, where he caught the brunt of whipping rain in 40 mph wind. There was only a light drizzle in the Valley of the Sun, and Woods hit a low point in his career.
"We all have days like this," Woods said. "Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is, even on bad days like this, just keep fighting. On the good days, you've got to keep fighting, as well."
He scrapped plans to go to the Super Bowl and headed home to Florida to practice before returning next week to Torrey Pines.
DeLaet at 5-under; Taylor, Renfrew make cut
Saskatchewan's Graham DeLaet followed up his opening round of 67 on Thursday with a 1-under-par round of 70 and finds himslef in a three-way tie for 10th place.
After two even-par outings, Winnipeg-born Nick Taylor is part of a large contingent of players tied for 55th.
Cory Renfrew of Victoria B.C. entered the day 1-under par, but after shooting a 73, he is tied for 65th place heading into the weekend.
Canadians Mike Weir (+3), David Hearn (+4), and Adam Hadwin (+7) did not make the cut line of plus-1.
With files from CBC Sports