Tiger Woods trails leader Jason Day by four shots midway through the U.S. PGA Tour’s Barclays tournament after bogeying four of his final eight holes yesterday.
A day after posting his best round of the year, Woods shot a 2-over 73 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, and had a score of 4-under 138 after two rounds. Woods leads the tournament in driving accuracy at 92.9 percent. He needed 33 putts in the second round, six more than a day earlier.
“I hit the ball just as good today as I did yesterday, but I didn’t putt well at all,” Woods told reporters after his round. “I didn’t have the speed at all on the greens. I was leaving it way short or blowing it by the hole.”
Day, an Australian, shot his second straight round of 67 for a score of 8-under 134 halfway through the tournament. Americans Kevin Streelman and Vaughn Taylor were a shot back at 135.
Phil Mickelson, who has an endorsement agreement with tournament sponsor Barclays Plc, missed the 36-hole cut. He was 4 over for the tournament after a 74 yesterday, and only players at even-par or better advanced to weekend play.
Needing an eagle on his final hole to have any chance of advancing, Mickelson recorded a double-bogey. The No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Mickelson could have surpassed Woods for the top spot with a victory this weekend.
“I didn’t drive the ball very well,” Mickelson told reporters. “I’m disappointed. I’ll try to get this thing worked out over the next five or six days.”
Woods had seven birdies and one bogey for a 6-under 65 in the first round, marking his lowest score of the year in his first event since announcing his divorce. It also marked Woods’s first score in the 60s in his past 12 rounds.
The Barclays is the first of four season-ending playoff events on the PGA Tour, the world’s richest golf circuit. The FedEx Cup winner, which will be determined at next month’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, receives a $10 million bonus. Woods has won the title two of the past three years.
He entered the tournament ranked 112th in the point standings and needs to finish between 50th and 57th at the Barclays to qualify for next week’s playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.