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A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger (The Associated Press)

Tigers Woods reacts after missing a putt on the fourth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder. A kid tossing an orange onto the green when he was putting.




Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the 'yips' (Reuters)

Jan 30, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Tiger Woods hits his drive on the 17th hole during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic via USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new depths with the worst score of his professional career in Friday's second round. Looking more like a struggling amateur than the greatest player of his generation, and arguably of all time, Woods was out-of-sorts in every phase of his game as he laboured to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 at the TPC Scottsdale. His chipping, in particular, was poor and many pundits are now pointing to Woods, a 14-times major champion once renowned for his magical skills around the green, as being a sufferer of the 'yips' when it comes to that component. Nerves not mechanics." Arron Oberholser, a PGA Tour player who also works as an analyst and commentator for Golf Channel, said: "I think the greatest player that I've ever seen has the yips.




Golf-Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the 'yips' (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new depths with the worst score of his professional career in Friday's second round. Looking more like a struggling amateur than the greatest player of his generation, and arguably of all time, Woods was out-of-sorts in every phase of his game as he laboured to a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 at the TPC Scottsdale. His chipping, in particular, was poor and many pundits are now pointing to Woods, a 14-times major champion once renowned for his magical skills around the green, as being a sufferer of the 'yips' when it comes to that component. Nerves not mechanics." Arron Oberholser, a PGA Tour player who also works as an analyst and commentator for Golf Channel, said: "I think the greatest player that I've ever seen has the yips.

Laird two ahead at Phoenix Open, Woods shoots 82 (Reuters)

Jan 23, 2015; La Quinta, CA, USA; Martin Laird practices on the driving range before the second round of the Humana Challenge at PGA West - Arnold Palmer Private Course.  Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - A bogey at the final hole left Scotland's Martin Laird with a two-stroke lead after the second round at a wet Phoenix Open on Friday. On a day that will be best remembered for the worst single round by Tiger Woods in his storied career, an error-riddled 82, Laird used a series of precise approach shots to card a second straight five-under-par 66 at TPC Scottsdale. American Daniel Berger (69) was alone in second place on eight-under, while another tour rookie Justin Thomas (68) was next on seven-under.




Laird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut (The Associated Press)

Tigers Woods tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

The rowdiest event on the PGA Tour goes into Super Bowl weekend without Tiger Woods, who had the worst score of his career and missed the cut by 12 shots. Also gone is Phil Mickelson, who had his worst round on the TPC Scottsdale in six years. Martin Laird carried on nicely without them.




Phil Mickelson misses cut in Phoenix Open (The Associated Press)

Bubba Watson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open golf tournament, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

''It was a difficult round, I thought, for everyone out there with the weather and the rain,'' Mickelson said. The 43-year-old Australian had a triple bogey and a double bogey in a 3-over 74.




Woods in 'official' slump as experts express mild surprise (Reuters)
The worst round of Tiger Woods’ professional career was a mild surprise rather than a complete shock to most golf insiders. Woods shot an 11-over-par 82 in the second round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, a score that might be stunning to casual observers of the game, but not necessarily to those who have closely observed him. Now for the first time in his career, I am guessing he is concerned in the back of his mind whether he is going to make solid contact, so he is distracted from the target and the execution of the shot." Former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch said it was too early to write off Woods. Woods has particularly struggled with his chipping since switching instructors from Sean Foley to Chris Como in November.

Ko takes lead at LPGA opener, closes in on golf history (The Associated Press)

Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, watches her fairway shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the LPGA's Coates Golf Championship, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Ocala, Fla. (AP Photo/The Star-Banner, Bruce Ackerman)

Lydia Ko is one round from potentially making golf history. ''I really haven't thought about it,'' Ko said. Fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 66 and was two back at 12 under. American Stacy Lewis (70) was 10 under, one stroke ahead of Amy Yang (65), Jessica Korda (69) and Austin Ernst (70).