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Tiger Woods after carding career-worst 82: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’


Tiger Woods on Friday suffered through a nightmarish day rarely seen from a professional golfer during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. But at least it appears he maintained his sense of humor despite the brutal showing.

Facing the media after the on-course debacle, Woods stepped to the podium and managed to crack a joke.

“I’m just doing this so I don’t get fined,” Woods quipped, per ESPN, managing a laugh about his reference to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s infamous line from Super Bowl Media Day.

Woods carded a career-worst round of 82 that included a horrific 44 on the back nine — also a career-worst — before “rebounding” with a three-over 38 playing the front for the second-half of his round, bad enough to land him in dead-last in the field of 132 players for the tournament.

Suffice to say, with a 73 carded on Thursday for a 13-over, two-round total, Woods missed the cut, making it only the 13th time in his pro career he won’t play on the weekend. His atrocious round was only the second time he has cracked 80.

Woods first nine holes featured a five-hole run that went double-bogey, triple-bogey, par, bogey, bogey. Certainly not a good way to kick off his 2015 campaign in only his second tournament — his foundation’s Hero World Challenge being the first — since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August and injuries derailed the rest of his year.

“We all have days like this,” said Woods. “Unfortunately, mine was in a public forum, a public setting. We all have days like this. We take the good with the bad, and the thing is even on bad days like this, just keep fighting, because on the good days you’ve got to keep fighting as well.”

(photo credit: Allan Henry/USA Today Sports)