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Tiger Woods surprised at missing cut

By a quirk of fate, Tiger Woods's sequence of 142 consecutive cuts came to an end at the tournament hosted by the man whose record he broke in November 2003.

Byron Nelson made 113 cuts in a row between January 1941 and May 1948 and it was at the championship that bears his name that one of sport's best streaks was halted in Irving, Texas on Friday.

A shocked Woods stopped to talk to reporters after rounds of 69 and 72 left him one-over-par on 141, a total that failed to beat the halfway guillotine by one stroke.

"I think this is more intestinal fortitude than anything else, days when you just don't have it, you don't mail it in, you don't pack it in, you give it everything you've got," said the world number one.

"You grind it out, I don't care what kind of game you have, you somehow try and find a way to get it done. You've seen me do it over the years.

"I should have missed many a cut by now but you just somehow figure out a way. That's part of my attitude and belief, that you should always have the switch on, you can't turn it on and off.

"You've got to give it everything you've got, got to have some good breaks along the way and I've definitely had my share.

"But also I've gutted it out at times."

Perhaps the best measure of Woods's achievement in modern golf is that South Africa's Ernie Els now owns the longest consecutive cut streak, at 20.

It was only the third time in his career that Woods had missed the cut.

The last time he failed to beat the cut mark was at the 1998 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"It's been a nice little, how many years, seven years?", said the 29-year-old American. "That's not too bad.

"It's never a relief when you miss a cut. I've missed three of them so far in my career and none of them feel very good, especially when you bogey the last hole."

Woods was level-par for the event when he bunkered his approach at the 18th. He splashed out to 15 feet but failed to sink his putt for a regulation four.

"It's disappointing any time you miss the cut because you're here for four rounds to try to compete to win and now I don't get that opportunity to win the golf tournament.

"I just had a tough day. It's just one of those days."

 

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