Flirting with cut-line disaster nothing new for Tiger

Tiger Woods needed a late rally to keep alive his record streak of consecutive cuts made, but his perch atop the World Rankings is in serious danger thanks to the stellar play of Ernie Els. The Big Easy shot 70 Friday to improve to 8-under, leaving him one shot behind leaders Justin Leonard and Vijay Singh at the 86th PGA Championship.

HAVEN, Wis. (AP) -- A look at the 14 times Tiger Woods flirted with missing the cut during his record streak that reached 129 consecutive PGA Tour events Friday at the PGA Championship:

1999 Buick Invitational: Woods had double bogeys on Nos. 10 and 14 and made the cut by two strokes. He closed with 62-65 on the weekend to win by two shots.

1999 Bay Hill Invitational: Woods shot 72 on Friday for a 2-over 146, which left him almost certain to miss the cut. But wait: Matt Kuchar played as an amateur and was at 2-under 142. The cut is for the top 70 "professionals" and ties, so everyone at 146 made the cut. Woods had two more 72s and tied for 56th, his worst finish during the streak.

2000 Buick Invitational: Woods was at even par at Torrey Pines, two below the cut line, until he made five birdies and one great par save on the back nine for a 68. He was tied for the lead Sunday and wound up four strokes back, tied for second.

2000 Canadian Open: Woods was only one shot better than the cut with four holes to play when he went birdie-eagle-birdie-eagle. That gave him a 65, and he went on to win by one stroke over Grant Waite.

2001 U.S. Open: Woods had a 74 and a 71, and at one point was 11 strokes behind Retief Goosen. The U.S. Open cut is top 60 and everyone within 10 shots of the lead. He finished eight back to make the cut, then had two 69s to tie for 12th.

2001 Buick Classic: Woods played 35 holes Friday because of a rain delay. He opened with a 75, but pulled it together in the afternoon. He drove the par-4 10th green and made birdie, holed a bunker shot for another birdie and secured his weekend status with a birdie on his 16th hole. He had a 66 in the second round, had 68-71 on the weekend and tied for 16th.

2001 PGA Championship: Woods was two below the projected cut when he holed a 40-foot birdie putt from off the 15th green, then a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 16. He wound up making the cut by one, had 69-70 on the weekend and tied for 29th.

2002 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Woods was one stroke better than the cut and facing a 15-foot par putt on No. 12. He made his par, added an insurance birdie on No. 16 to make it by two shots. He had 71-68 on the weekend to tie for 12th.

2002 Buick Invitational: Coming off double bogey on No. 17, Woods needed a birdie on the final hole to make the cut. He holed a 6-footer for birdie to make it on the number, then closed with rounds of 69-65 to tie for fifth.

2003 Masters: Woods was on the cut line at 5 over par when he birdied his 16th hole, No. 7, and appeared to be safe with a 25-foot birdie chance on the next hole. Instead, he three-putted for bogey, then hit his drive behind a pine tree. He hit a waist-high shot into the bunker, blasted out to 3 feet and powered the putt into the right side for par. He finished at 5 over and made the cut on the number.

2003 Deutsche Bank Championship: Already two over the projected cut, Woods badly missed the green to the right on No. 16 (his seventh hole) for a third straight bogey to fall 3 over par. With close to a dozen reporters coming out to watch, he responded with six birdies on his next nine holes and shot 69 to easily make the cut.

2004 Players Championship: Woods started the second round in 108th place, but ended the suspense early with a birdie-eagle start. He shot 69 and made the cut by two shots.

2004 Western Open: Woods fell two strokes below the projected cutline after a double-bogey and a bogey on his 12th and 13th holes. But he bailed himself out with back-to-back birdies, holing a 60-footer on No. 6 and a 10-footer on No. 7. Woods gave the two dozen reporters and a Sunday-sized crowd another scare on his last hole when he clipped a tree on his second shot, leaving him 260 yards short. But he saved par to stay at 1 over, and made the cut by a shot. He wound up tied for seventh.

2004 PGA Championship: Woods opened with a 75, leaving him in 104th place out of 155 players. He birdied the first two holes to get on the projected cut line of 1 over par, but then hit his tee shot into the water on the par-5 fifth and had to scramble for bogey, made another bogey at the sixth and was two shots over the cut line with six holes to play. He birdied the 13th and 16th, then holed a 25-footer on the 17th. He made the cut by two shots.

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