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Big disaster for Tiger Woods after worst ever round

By Robert Jones

Tiger Woods recorded the worst round of his career as he shot an 11-over-par 82 in the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open yesterday.

Woods' previous worst effort had come at the Open Championship in 2002 when, in horrendous conditions, he shot 81 in the third round at Muirfield - but he went one worse than that in Arizona.

That left Woods 13-over, last in the 132-man field, and certain to miss back-to-back cuts for the first time in his career.

The Phoenix Open was Woods' first event of the season and his first outing since he finished joint last at the World Hero Challenge in December.

The 14-time Major winner had missed the cut at the US PGA Championship in August, his last official Tour event, and then withdrew from contention for Ryder Cup selection as he continued to recover from back surgery.

Woods had cut a positive figure in the build-up to play in the desert, stating that he was "ahead of schedule" and expressing optimism in the work he had done on his chipping with new swing consultant Chris Como.

But his short-game problems returned with a vengeance at TPC Scottsdale and he may now have to go back to the drawing board in the search for a first Major Championship since the 2008 US Open.

Woods began on the 10th with a routine par but his drive on the 11th landed next to a tree and resulted in a bogey.

Among the numerous other low points to follow, he racked up a double-bogey six on the 14th.

Worse was to come with a triple bogey on the par-five 15th.

He managed to get a hold of some drives and made a few pars, but he kept recording bogeys and worse. On the ninth, his last, he found the rough before his 11-foot putt missed left and left him with an unwanted record.

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