Double bogey, triple bogey may doom Tiger
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Moments after the Funai Classic at Disney was suspended because of storms Friday, Tiger Woods unleashed his fury. He reared back and spiked his golf ball onto the cart path in front of the 17th green, sending it 20 feet in the air and into the pond.
Woods made a double bogey and a triple bogey in the same round for the first time since the 2000 Masters, and he was on the verge of missing the cut for the second time this year.
Right when he thought his day couldn't get any worse, it did. The second round was called for the day, meaning Woods will have to return Saturday morning with slim hopes of making the cut.
With 74 players at 6 under par or better -- and 53 players still on the course -- Woods was at 4-under and most likely needed two birdies to make the cut. That looked even more improbable when his tee shot on the 17th narrowly cleared the lake, leaving him in sticky rough under a tree about 150 yards from the hole.
Woods also missed the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship in May, ending his PGA Tour record of 142 consecutive cuts that spanned seven years.
At least this time, it would only be a short drive home. Woods lives about 15 minutes away from Disney.
And he might have company. Vijay Singh twice hit into the water on the sixth hole at the Palm course and shot 71 to finish at 4-under 140, virtually assured of missing the cut for the third time this year.
Tom Pernice Jr. set the pace early Friday with a 10-under 62 on the easier Palm course to reach 15-under 129, one shot ahead of Geoff Ogilvy, who had a 66 at Magnolia.
Woods started his round on Magnolia with two birdies on the first three holes, and there was no sign of trouble. But on the 494-yard fifth hole -- the toughest of the tournament -- Woods hit his tee shot into the trees, took a penalty drop and stumbled to a triple bogey.
He recovered with three straight birdies, starting on No. 9, to get back to 6-under for the tournament. But he pulled an 8-iron into a bunker on the par-3 12th, sent the next shot over the green into another bunker and took double bogey, again putting him two shots below the cut line.
It was a roller-coaster afternoon, a ride he could have just as easily taken across the street at the Magic Kingdom. Woods drove the 337-yard 13th green for a two-putt birdie, but then drove into the woods, chipped out and flew the green with a 3-wood to take bogey on the par-5 14th.
As he stood over a 15-foot birdie putt on the next hole, the electronic scoreboard behind changed pages and showed that the new cut line was 6 under par.
Woods missed the putt, and he was on the ropes.
The only consolation for Woods?
Singh missing the cut means that Woods clinches the PGA Tour money title for the sixth time in his career, ending Singh's two-year stay atop the money list.
Pernice played with Singh and recounted his troubles on the sixth hole -- a 3-wood hooked into the water, an 8-iron that skimmed over more water and into the bank and a 15-foot putt to limit the damage to a triple bogey.
His own round was a blur.
Pernice had three stretches of three straight birdies, including the final three holes for his career-low round. The key was making 10- to 15-footers on the par-5s to keep his momentum going, although he never paid close attention to all the birdies he was making.
"I knew it was going well," Pernice said. "I was just playing golf."
Carl Petterson was also at 15-under with three holes to play on the Palm Course, including a par-5.
Ogilvy, a talented Aussie who picked up his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year in Tucson, was tied for the lead until his tee shot on his last hole, No. 9, went into the face of a bunker and didn't roll back. His only shot was to blast out into the fairway.
Brandt Jobe also had a career-low 62 and was at 13-under 131. At No. 29 on the money list, he already has had his best year on the PGA Tour and would love to top it off with a victory, or at least get into the Tour Championship.
Others who managed to finish their rounds were Charles Howell III, who had a 68 and was at 11-under 133, needing a good week to improve his chances of making the Tour Championship. Howell is No. 30 on the money list.
Nick Price felt better than ever. He finished off his 68 right before the siren sounded to stop play and at 133 was stunned at his position. Price took two months off late in the summer, no longer stands on the practice range for hours at a time, yet found himself in contention.
Woods, meantime, will have the night to consider what awaits at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, when the second round resumes.
He is a two-time winner at Disney and coming off a victory two weeks ago at Harding Park, where he beat John Daly in a playoff for his 10th title in the World Golf Championships.
Woods looked disgusted standing over his ball in the rough on the 17th and then exasperated when the horn sounded. He walked briskly toward the clubhouse, before stopping, snarling and slamming his ball into the cart path.
The rules allow players to change golf balls when a round resumes, which is a good thing. A master diver, Woods says he can hold his breath up to four minutes. That's about how long it might take him to find his ball in the bottom of the pond by the 17th green.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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