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Tiger Woods & Vijay Singh miss cut

World No. 1 Tiger Woods made a rare early exit when he missed the cut at the weather-disrupted 4.4 million-dollar Funai Classic.

Woods was staring at an early departure when a thunderstorm halted play for the day Friday, when he was four-under-par through 16 holes, with the cut projected to fall at six-under.

Woods, who was in the left rough off the tee at 17 on Friday evening, finished with a 73 for a three-under total of 141, with the cut indeed coming at six-under 138.

"I played terrible," Woods said.

"I hit it all over the place. These fairways are about 300 yards wide, but when you're missing it both ways, you can't aim it."

Woods, playing the Magnolia course, the more difficult of the two courses in use for the event at Walt Disney World, had already fallen prey to a triple-bogey seven at the par-four fifth, where he drove into an unplayable lie, and a double-bogey at the par-three 12th, where he was plugged in a bunker.

It was the first time since the 2000 Masters that he has had a triple and a double in the same round.

Fiji's Vijay Singh also missed the cut. Singh completed a 71 on Friday for four-under 140.

Singh's demise was largely due to a triple bogey at the par-four sixth, where he twice found the water.

It also meant that Woods clinched the PGA Tour money title for the sixth time, ending Singh's two-year reign.

"If money titles meant anything, I'd play more tournaments," Woods said.

Woods's missed cut at the Byron Nelson in May ended a record streak of 142 successive events in the money, a feat that impressed some of his peers even more than his 10 major championship victories.

"That's the best achievement he has, I believe, because it's so easy to miss a cut out here," Justin Rose said. "Most guys can play well and miss the cut."

"I'm pretty happy with 17 in a row. Tiger's record, that's pretty ridiculous," added Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who has made 17 straight cuts, the second-best active streak on tour.

Prior to that, the last time Woods missed a weekend on the PGA Tour was in 1998, when he withdrew after two rounds of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am because of a postponement.

His only other outright missed cut was at the Canadian Open in 1997.

Sweden's Carl Pettersson was the halfway leader, completing a 61 on Saturday morning for 127, two strokes better than overnight clubhouse leader Tom Pernice.

Pernice completed a 62 on the easier Palm course on Friday for 129.

October 22, 2005

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