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Woods struggles badly at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Tiger Woods struggled to his worst round as a professional at the Phoenix Open on Friday.

Woods mixed two double-bogeys, a triple-bogey and six bogeys with a pair of birdies in a round of 11-over 82. He ended 36 holes at 13-over-par 155.

This will be the second straight missed cut for Woods. His last missed cut was also his last official PGA Tour start, the 2014 PGA Championship.

Woods's previous worst round was an 81 in the third round of the 2001 Open Championship on a day in which nine other players shot 80 or worse and just nine players broke par.

"I was more committed to what I was doing on my back nine, hit some better shots, but still have a lot of work to do," Woods stated. "It was not a very good day from the start, until the end, but I fought all day."

After an opening par on the 10th, Woods' drive at the 11th stopped under a tree and he barely moved his second shot 10 yards. He scrambled for bogey from there. At the 14th, Woods took an unplayable lie from a bush.

Woods later left a flop shot short on the same hole and that led to a double- bogey. It got worse at the 15th. His drive on the par-5 found water. He hit the fairway with his second tee shot, then dumped his fourth in a greenside bunker.

He left his sand shot in the rough and later 2-putted for triple-bogey to slide to 8-over par for the tournament. A poor chip on the 17th led to a bogey and he dropped another stroke at 18, where he failed to save par from a greenside bunker.

The opening nine 44 for Woods tied his highest 9-hole score in his PGA Tour career.

Woods settled down with three straight pars to start his second nine, but more trouble loomed. His tee shot flew the green at the par-3 fourth, and he skulled his chip back into the front bunker. After blasting on, Woods 2-putted for double-bogey from 18 feet out.

The 14-time major champion finally got one stroke back as he rolled in a 5- foot birdie try at the fifth. Woods gave that right back as he failed to save par from a greenside bunker at No. 6 and he followed with a 3-putt bogey on the seventh.

Woods drained a 9-foot birdie chance at eight, then missed the green at nine. He played his third to 11 feet and he missed the par putt.

"Its golf. We all have days like this. Unfortunately mine was in a public forum, in a public setting, but we all have days like this. We take the good with the bad. Even on bad days like this, keep fighting because on the good days you have to keep fighting as well," stated Woods.