Tiger Woods makes crucial birdie to sneak inside cutline
Tiger Woods waited until the final hole in his second round of the Open Championship on Friday to make his first birdie of the day.
Better late than never and it came just in the nick of time.
Woods needed a birdie -- in all likelihood -- to avoid missing the cut, which was projected to fall right at 2-over 164. He had just come off a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th hole after hitting his tee shot out of bounds.
Woods was just right of the green in two shots on the par-5 18th hole, but was faced with a tricky chip shot from behind a pot bunker. He hit a stellar third shot, but still had six feet left for birdie.
After giving the line a good look, Woods dropped the putt in for a 5-over 77 to avoid missing the cut in consecutive starts for the first time in his professional career in a round that also included a double bogey on his opening hole. Woods also avoided missing the cut for just the fourth time in a major.
Even though Woods has struggled this season -- before and after back surgery -- CBS analyst Peter Kostis put Tiger's remarkable career in perspective with this tweet:
For me, the most special Tiger stat? 10 MC's so far and 14 Major wins so far in his career. Who else has fewer missed cuts than Majors!
— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) July 18, 2014
That's incredible when you really think about it -- over a career that's 17 years strong, Woods has four more major wins than he does missed cuts.