SAN DIEGO (USA TODAY) - Starting on the back nine in the third round of theFarmers Insurance Open on Saturday and on the edge of contention, TigerWoods arrived at the 18th tee at 2-under par and seven shots behind theleaders. He pumped a 300-yard drive into the middle of the fairway andwas just 254 yards from the green at the par-5.
One solid shot and one or two putts later he would be back in the mix.
Thirty minutes later he was out of contention.
Ninety minutes later he was gone.
Ina shocking result in his season debut, the world's No. 1 player anddefending champion made two double-bogeys in a row, then made fiveconsecutive bogeys en route to a 7-over-par 79 that sent him eastwardback to his Florida home.
Woods, who shot 72-71 to make the cut byone shot, finished at 6-over par -- with a 42 on his front nine in thethird round -- and did not make the secondary cut Saturday. That wasnecessitated by too many players earning their way into the weekend.
Itis the first time Woods made the cut but did not finish the tournament(an MDF in golf speak, which stands for made cut, did not finish). Itdoes not count as a missed cut - Woods has missed just nine in hiscareer.
Woods, who did not give any indication of injury, did notspeak to reporters after the round. But one of his playing partners,Jhonattan Vegas, said the round "proved that Tiger is human."
"Idon't know what was going through his head, but it was really differentto see him play like that," Vegas said. "You don't expect to see thatout of him. But it happens to the best. He's human just like the rest ofus."
Forthe first time in Woods' career at Torrey Pines, the place he owns withseven wins in the Farmers Insurance Open and another in the 2008 U.S.Open, the course owned him. The 79 was his worst score since athird-round 79 in The Memorial last year. His worst score came when heshot 81 in the second round of the 2002 British Open.
He did not make a single birdie on the par-5s this week, going 0-for-12 and finishing 4-over par on them.
His 79 was just the fourth time he was over-par in 57 rounds at Torrey Pines during the Farmers Insurance Open.
AndSunday will be the first time he isn't playing in the final round inhis 14 starts in the Farmers. Last year he won the event by four shots.
His demise started on the 18th (he played the back nine first), whenhe dumped his second shot into a water hazard and eventually madedouble-bogey 7. An errant approach on the next hole and a missed tap-inputt led to another double-bogey. The last time Woods made back-to-backdouble-bogeys was in the second round of the 2011 PGA Championship.
Onhis next hole, the par-4 second, he missed another short putt and madebogey. On the next hole he three-putted for another bogey.
Headded bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes before finally halting hisbogey train with a birdie on the seventh hole. His tipped his cap to thecrowd and took a bow to acknowledge the end of his poor play.
He finished his round by making a 10-foot par putt, which enabled him to break 80.
Woods will play in next week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.