Woods crumbles to 82, Laird leads in Phoenix

Second Round — PGA Tour — Waste Management Phoenix Open — TPC Scottsdale — Scottsdale, Arizona —

While Scotland’s Martin Laird leads the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open at 11-under, the story has been Tiger Woods.

The 14-time major champion limped through his worst round as a professional stumbling to a second-round 11-over-82 at TPC Scottsdale. Perhaps, Tiger wanted to end his week fast to spend more time participating in the National Football League’s Super Bowl festivities.  Woods is last in the field with a few players still finishing up second-round action.

Laird leads Daniel Berger by three shots as play was suspended due to darkness and weather issues in the Phoenix area. Rain drizzled over the players for most of the day.

Justin Thomas and Robert Streb are T-3 at the moment at 7-under. Masters champions Bubba Watson, Angel Cabrera and Zach Johnson headline a group at T-5 and 6-under. Ryan Moore and round-one leader Ryan Palmer (who shot 64 Thursday) are also at 6-under.

Both Woods and Phil Mickelson (69-76) will miss the weekend.

Other Golf News:

  • Woods is in jeopardy of missing the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in early March at Trump National Doral in Miami. A seven-time champion at the event, Woods needs to work his way inside the Top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings in either the Feb. 23 update or the March 2 list. He entered Phoenix at No. 47, but should slip out after missing the cut. 
  • Lydia Ko is off to a fast start at the LPGA Tour 2015 season opener. Ko shot 65 in round three of the Coates Golf Championship to assume the 54-hole at 14-under overall. She leads Ha-Ha Jang by a shot. Na Yeon Choi trails by two shots, while Stacy Lewis is four back.
  • Rory McIlroy (8-under) has a one-shot advantage over Marc Warren through two rounds at the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Graeme McDowell is T-3 and two back.