Tiger Woods showed promise early in his second round Friday, but by the time he walked off the course at Royal Portrush there was only disappointment.  Woods shot a 1-under 70 for his second round, a stark improvement from his plus-7 78 on Thursday, but not enough to make the weekend.  At +6 for the tournament Woods will miss the projected cut (+2) for his second missed major cut of the year.  He also failed to make the weekend at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.  It is the first time in his career that Woods has won a major and missed two other major cuts in the same season.  He made the weekend in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach where he finished tied for 21st (-2).

Tiger was battling backs soreness after his opening round and had an early tee off time Friday, limiting his recovery time.  Tiger said after his round two press conference that he will not play next week at the St Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., opting to get some rest.

The 43-year-old and 15-time major champion will wait to compete in the Fed Ex Cup playoff.  Irishman Shane Lowry leads the field at 10-under par as weather starts to roll in…

 

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