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Tiger Woods Withdraws From Farmers Insurance Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:11 Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:59

by Alfie Lau
 

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A two-and-a-half hour fog delay was a key factor in Tiger Woods withdrawing after only 11 holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines during the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open Thursday.

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Mickelson Thinks Woods Will Have ‘Last Laugh’

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 20:01 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:56

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One player not concerned about Tiger Woods and his golf game is his longest rival — Phil Mickelson.

Woods is coming off the worst score of his PGA Tour career — 82 — last week in the Phoenix Open. He missed the cut by 12 shots, and it was the first time in his career that he missed the cut in two straight tour events, though they were played six months apart. Most disconcerting was how badly his short game looked.

With analysis on overdrive, the immediate chatter has shifted from whether Woods will match the Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors (Woods has 14) to whether he can win three more regular PGA Tour events and match the record 82 won by Sam Snead.

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Tiger Already Thinking About Augusta

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:56 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:46

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The tournament that Tiger Woods used to dominate now feels more like a big practice ground with splendid views of the Pacific.

Woods always says he doesn’t enter a tournament unless he thinks he can win, and he has done that 79 times on the PGA Tour. There was nothing Wednesday to suggest he felt any differently at Torrey Pines, even though he is coming off an 82 at the Phoenix Open, the highest score of his career.

But while he is playing at Torrey Pines, where he is an eight-time winner as a pro, his mind was clearly on the Masters.

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Tiger Drops to No. 56 in World Ranking

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:34 Wednesday, 04 February 2015 19:23

Tiger WoodsSAN DIEGO, California (Helen Ross/PGATOUR.COM) — Used to be, you never had to look past the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking to find Tiger Woods. He occupied that spot for 683 weeks, in fact.

After surgery, swing changes and last week’s missed cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, though, Tiger Woods now clocks in at No. 56 — sandwiched between Tommy Fleetwood and John Senden.

If he doesn’t work his way back into the top 50 as of March 1, after The Honda Classic concludes, Woods will miss the following week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Woods has only missed one other event in the global series — the 2011 HSBC Champions.

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Woods Out of Top 50 for 1st Time in More Than 3 Years

Last Updated on Monday, 02 February 2015 03:04 Monday, 02 February 2015 02:51

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Tiger Woods, coming off an 82 for his worst round as a pro, will be out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in more than three years.

And if he doesn’t turn his game around quickly, he will be ineligible for a World Golf Championship for only the second time in his career.

Woods was No. 1 in the world eight months ago. But after missing most of last year recovering from back surgery, and playing poorly in the few times he did play, Woods made his 2015 debut in the Phoenix Open at No. 47 in the world. He missed the cut by 12 shots.

Woods will be no better than No. 53 next week, and could fall even farther depending on what happens at the Phoenix Open and Dubai Desert Classic. Woods has not been lower than 58th in the world since winning the first of his 79 title on the PGA Tour at the Las Vegas Invitational in October 1996.

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