Tiger Woods Misses U.S. Open Cut

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Tiger Woods missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.

Woods shot 76 on Friday. This followed a nightmarish Thursday that witnessed Woods comically lose a club on the eighth and top a ball on the final hole. He finished the day at 10-over 80, the onetime phenom beaten by three strokes by 15-year-old Cole Hammer. He ended Friday, and his 2015 U.S. Open, at 16 over.

Friday’s failure marks just the fifth time in Woods’ illustrious career that he has missed the cut at a major championship. Two of those misses came in the three most recent majors in which Woods competed.

Woods last missed the cut at the U.S. Open nine years ago. He won the major in 2000, 2002, and 2008.

The world’s top-ranked golfer for nearly a decade, Woods now finds himself in the 195th spot and falling. Sitting on 14 major championships since 2008, the notion of him winning another, let alone surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18, now appears a long shot.

As of posting time, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, and Patrick Reed shared the U.S. Open lead at five under.