ST ANDREWS, Scotland -- In the end, it wasn't even close. Tiger Woods, once invincible on the storied Old Course at St Andrews, Saturday missed the cut here in the 2015 British Open by seven shots.
Only seven golfers in the 156-man field sit beneath for the former world No. 1 on the Open leader board, and for the first time in his career, Woods has missed the cut in the U.S. Open and British Open in the same season. In those two championships that he has won a combined six times, Woods beat only four players at Chambers Bay and the seven at St Andrews.
It will be a solemn trip back to the United States for Woods, a 14-time major winner and twice the Open champion at St Andrews, in 2000 and 2005.
"I only made three birdies in two days. That's not very good," Woods said after his second round, with scores of 76 and 75 putting him 7 even over par for 36 holes. "The golf course wasn't playing that hard. I just didn't get much out of any of the two rounds."
When Woods returned to the course late Saturday afternoon to complete his delayed second round, he needed to make five birdies in six holes to make the cut, which was even par.
He needed his putter to heat up in a hurry, but instead it turned stone cold. Bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 15 were the consequence of missed short putts, and another short one went begging when the grandstand crowd around the 18th green was desperate for Woods to give them the slightest reason to cheer him off the Old Course.
Different parts of Woods' game have let him down at varying times this week, but Saturday on the greens, a sullen Woods was a shadow of the player who used to putt with such will and certainty.
"I'm just not scoring," he said. "Every time I had an opportunity to make a key putt or hit an iron shot in there stiff and get some momentum going, I haven't done that . . . It's frustrating, there's no doubt."
Despite his lack of form, Woods insists he will continue working in the same direction with coach Chris Como.
"I'm going to keep going," he said. "I play in a couple weeks in D.C., so I am looking forward to playing in the Quicken Loans [National], his own event] and hopefully I can win that event and get into a place that I know very well."
Woods will fall out of the top 250 when the next world ranking is published after starting the year at No. 32. He already has had three rounds in the 80s this year after having just one for his entire previous career.
Joining Woods in an early departure from St Andrews Saturday were 1995 Open champion John Daly, who missed the cut by a single shot, and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, who has now missed the cut in four out of seven British Open appearances.
David Duval, the 2001 champion, birdied the 18th hole to make the cut.