Tiger Woods was aiming for a 66 second round to make the half cut in the 150th Open after struggling to a 78 opener at St Andrews.
Returning to the scenes of two of his three Open wins, Woods carded three birdies, five bogeys and two double bogeys in a round that lasted six hours and eight minutes.
The 15-time Major winner never recovered from a nightmare start where he hit his approach to first from a fairway divot into the Swilcan Burn off the green.
“Probably the highest score I could have scored,” said the 46-year-old. “I hit a good tee shot, landed in the middle of a fresh divot and hit a good shot. Gusts of wind hit it, ending in the burn and starting with a double.
“I think I had maybe four or five three-putts today. Just wasn’t very good on the greens. And I missed every putt. I struggled to hit the putts hard enough.
“The greens were very firm but slow and it’s an interesting combination. And we weren’t exactly speed demons out there either. The whole round took a long time and we were waved. And it’s been a long, slow day.”
Woods praised the unwavering support of the crowd and admitted it was “very, very meaningful” to be able to play the Old Course again after the serious injuries he sustained in a car accident last February.
“All in all I was hoping to play at this event this year,” he added.
“Earlier this year, late last year, when I was in rehab trying to see if I could make it, I sort of managed to play two of the big championships between then and now, which has been great.
“But that was always on the calendar to hopefully be good enough to play it. And I am. And just didn’t do it very well.
“Looks like I’ll have to turn 66 tomorrow to have a chance (to make the cut). Obviously it’s done, the guys did it today and tomorrow it’s my responsibility to go ahead and do it. Gotta do it.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/tiger-woods-pga-tour-phil-casey-b2123607.html Tiger Woods accepts a huge improvement required to make Open Cut