ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Tiger Woods' fifth trip to the Home of Golf is all but over.
He has to post a score and sign his scorecard Saturday morning to make it official, when it all but certainly will go down as his sixth missed cut in a major championship. That three of those have come in his past four major attempts is another nod toward his poor play over the past year, which has included recovery from back surgery and another swing change that has yet to yield any results.
Woods came into The Open with high expectations after a positive result two weeks ago at the Greenbrier Classic and some good form in practice at the Old Course at St. Andrews, where he has won twice. But he never had it during this tournament, his two opening bogeys Thursday an ominous sign that set the tone for another lost major.
Woods was on the 12th hole Friday when the second round was suspended. He was 1 over for the round and 5 over for the tournament, which had been delayed for more than three hours in the morning because of heavy overnight rain and standing water on the course.
Woods didn't tee off until 6:10 p.m. local time, making it virtually impossible for him to finish. Had he been able to get off to a decent start on the front nine, he perhaps could have made his remaining holes on Saturday morning interesting -- at least as far as making the cut. But for the second straight day, Woods failed to make a single birdie over the first nine holes. His first of the day came at the 10th hole, just his second of the tournament. That got him to 5 over, with the projected cut coming at even par.
When play was suspended, there were 83 players at even par or better, with the top 70 and ties advancing to the final 36 holes. A missed cut would be his third of 2015 -- the most he's ever missed in a year -- the 14th of his PGA Tour career and his 15th worldwide. When he won the last of his 14 major titles in 2008, he had missed just four cuts.
Woods will have six-plus holes remaining when play resumes at 7 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET, ESPN). This is his seventh event of the year, with his best finish a tie for 17th at the Masters. He's since finished near the bottom of those making the cut at both the Players Championship and the Memorial, where he shot a career-worst 85. A first-round 80 at the U.S. Open last month led to just his second missed cut in that tournament.
Woods tied for 32nd two weeks ago with three rounds in the 60s at the Greenbrier, including a bogey-free final round that had him confident coming to a place where he's had so much success.
"I'm very excited,'' Woods said Tuesday. "Very excited to be back here at the Home of Golf. I've always loved this golf course, from the first time I played it back in '95, so it's just something special about it. It's nice to be out there on the course and see it and feel it again, to be able to hit all the shots.''
Unfortunately for Woods, he has hit too many of them.
Next up will be the Quicken Loans National, a tournament that supports Woods' foundation, in two weeks, followed two weeks later by the PGA Championship.
At 241st in the world and dropping, and well outside of the top 125 in FedEx Cup points, Woods could see his PGA Tour season end with those two events.