5:50 p.m. This marks just the 6th time that Tiger has missed a cut as a professional. I'm buying time until we hear from him.
5;43 p.m. Thanks for hanging out with me this afternoon. I'm going to sign out after Tiger's interview. By the way, Tiger escaped with a 79. He had a 43 on the back. My boss tells me, Billy P., that there was some heckling of Tiger. So much for your theory about folks from Charlotte.
5:36 p.m. Lookout for Ricky Barnes in the weekend. He could get his first tour win.
5:32 p.m. Tiger is playing the 18th hole and we're all counting the minutes until we hear his post-round interview. Too bad he doesn't have Peter Kostis there to ask him if this is the worst he's ever played.
5:30 p.m. Tiger hit six fairways in 36 holes–the worst of his career at that stretch in a tournament.
5:27 p.m. Mike I think you might be right. Masters was a little honeymoon before the storm.
5:25 p.m. To Traci: You're welcome.
5:24 p.m. Tiger will play the Players. No chance he backs out. That would make him in Billy P's words: "a sissy."
5:21 p.m. To Billy P: Why does a man deserve to play poorly because he's a bad cheat who takes millions from a shoe company?
5:20 p.m. I never thought I would hear those words: Tiger struggling to break 80.
5:17 p.m. To Michael Dew: I'm with you. This is sad and painful. Does Tiger play well next week at the Players or do we see a meltdown of epic proportions after he hits 10 balls into the water at 17th hole?
5:13 p.m. To Michael Dew: You sound like a life coach, giving Tiger all that advice about what he should be doing. I don't know that any of that will help him better than winning golf tournaments. A man has to work to live.
5:10 p.m. To Floyd: YES, it's that BAD. 8-handicapper bad.
5:09 p.m. Jason, I don't know that Charlotte natives have class. I'm sure they do. I think it's more that most of the people just want to enjoy the afternoon. Heckling can be tiring.
5:04 p.m. Golf hasn't produced a great heckler. Most of them are drunk fools. Monty brought them out in droves during his prime whenever he came to the states.
5:02 p.m. Tiger goes to the flash area for a very brief interview and then he heads straight to the car and to the airport. I imagine someone has packed his hotel room already.
5:00 p.m. To Marcos: I'm focusing on Tiger because he is the big story today. Angel Cabrera will be the story on Sunday night if he can hold onto the lead.
4:57 p.m. Billy P. is calling the Charlotte fans "sissies" for their unwillingness to heckle Tiger.
4:56 p.m. Traci, I don't think either one of Tiger's playing competitors were prepared for him to play this poorly. It must be like watching Michael Jordan go 0-20 from three-point range in a game.
4:54 p.m. What does Tiger say in his post-round interview?
4:50 p.m. David wants to know if anyone can challenge Phil this season. I think it's Jim Furyk. He's straight enough, long enough and his short game is solid. He's also a great ball striker with great nerves.
4:48 p.m. Checkout Tiger's back nine. 6-5-5-3-6-7…..he's 7 over on this side and headed toward his highest ever 9-hole score.
4:44 p.m. A guest just reminded me about Tiger playing ahead of his partners on 15 who were back a few hundred yards in the fairway. Says to me he just doesn't give a damn.
4:45 p.m. Traci wants to know Tiger's cuss word count. I think he's kept it under control, either that or they've turned the mikes off. I think he's resigned to the fact that he's not going to play the weekend. No need to act a fool now.
4:39 p.m. What are your thoughts on Tiger's "aura of invincibility?" Is that a thing of the past or can he regain it?
4:37 p.m. Nick Faldo is funny. A minute ago he says that Tiger is getting ready to get the G5 going to take him wherever.
4:34 p.m. Thomas asks rhetorically if Tiger can ever get it together again mentally to be the same old Tiger on the golf course.
Thomas, I don't think it's possible.
4:30 p.m. Tim wants to know if Hank can help Tiger at this point. Tim I don't think so because for that to happen Tiger would have to acknowledge that the way they've been doing isn't going well.
4:27 p.m. Has Tiger quit on this round? At 15 he hit another one to the right.
4:24 p.m. Tiger is 7 over. I don't think I have ever seen him play worse golf in good conditions. No wind, no majors pressure, no knee injury…..
4:21 p.m. Tiger just hit his greenside pitch into the water at the driveable par 4 14th.
4:18 p.m. My colleague Rick Lipsey believes that it's no coincidence that Tiger is playing so poorly the week that the National Enquirer story comes out about Tiger's 100-plus women.
4:17 p.m. Paul raises a good point about the more supple Tiger of 2000-2002. Has all the bulk created more friction and made it more difficult for him to perform that swing that helped him to the Tiger Slam?
4:10 p.m. To Thomas: I wouldn't count on Tiger being gracious after a missed cut, especially when the leaders are at 7 under par.
4:08 p.m. On the golf swing: Angel Cabrera's teacher Charlie Epps told one of the announcers that they were just working on golf and confidence. Not all the swing positions etc. Maybe we can learn something from the simplicity of that.
4:05 p.m. To Tim: How can Tiger make major improvements when he wont' acknowledge the sources of his problems? My advice is that Hank should watch tape of Tiger from 2000 and try to bring him closer to those positions.
4:00 p.m. Tiger is 5 over and on his way back to Orlando tonight unless he gets it in Super Man gear. Fast!
4:00 p.m. Thomas thinks that Brandel Chamblee could help Tiger. And he is right that Tiger would not ever seek out Brandel. Never.
3:57 p.m. Thomas wants to know who is another top teacher who could help Tiger. I'm biased because he's a good friend, but I think Sean Foley, who works with Hunter Mahan, Sean O'Hair and Stephen Ames, has one of the freshest minds in the teaching game. There are more experienced teachers, but Foley is truly innovative.
3:53 p.m. Billy Mayfair just chipped in on 14 and is the new leader at 7 under.
3:49 p.m. Paul has an interesting perspective. He thinks that Tiger will end up back with Harmon and that Hank couldn't improve Romano and Barkley.
Paul, I don't think Tiger's pride will let him go back to Butch. In his mind he believes that he has a better swing than he did with Butch because "I can hit more shots." How many shots do you need when you hit the ball in the middle of the fairway?
3:45 p.m. It's nice to get some love every now and then. Thanks Tim. A lot of us can see that Tiger is missing it right and left. High and low.
3:42 p.m. Tiger is 4 over par now. He needs three birdies to make the cut.
3:40 p.m. There is a 7-way tie for the lead at 6 under par.
3:37 p.m. Tiger is headed toward another bogey at 11 and it appears as if his neck or shoulder might be bothering him.
3:33p.m. Bubba Watson's drive on the 15th was 359 yards!
3:30 p.m. By the way I never said that Tiger should dump Hank. I just think that Tiger has some swing issues that need to be addressed.
3:25 p.m. Justin-Jackie raises a good question: "Doesn't Hank Haney know more about Tiger's swing than Jim Suttie? " Maybe, but can't Suttie and any trained eye see what Tiger is doing in his golf swing?Hank probably knows more about what Tiger is trying to do, but we don't have to know Tiger's innermost thoughts to see what's happening in his golf swing. This isn't psychotherapy. We're watching a golf swing.
3:22 p.m. Tiger had a 31-yard bunker shot on the 10th and barely got it out. Wow!
3:16 p.m. To Justin-Jackie who says that I should stop the amateur swing analysis of Tiger. Let me share the view of a real teacher, Dr. Jim Suttie, a Golf Magazine Top 100 teacher. "I think that Tiger's inconsistency is a result of opening excessively on the back swing and having the club laid off and over using his right side on the downswing causing a slight cut across action. Sometimes with an open face or with a closed face."
3:10 p.m. From Thomas on Tiger: 'What about the new grooves….seems Tiger's short game is off?"
Thomas, the short game is the one place where the rust shows the most. Hitting the ball hard in a full swing is a lot easier to recapture than the finesse shots that require distance control. Still Tiger is so good that this might even be an overstatement. I think we're just seeing a guy not playing with a lot of confidence. More than anything he's playing from memory and know-how than the good feel (practice) swings that he has when he's playing well.
3:05 p.m. My colleague Alan Shipnuck has a nice story about Anthony Kim in our Players Preview. The story told us a lot about Kim's lifestyle, his entourage and his cars. Kim, who is playing this week at Quail Hollow, might be the closest thing the PGA Tour has to a guy who enjoys the bling like the guys do in some of the other sports. It's refreshing.
3:00 p.m. Tiger is a 2 over par and struggling mightily with his driver. Out of flyer lie from light rough he just popped one up short of the green on his approach shot.
2:57 p.m. In my Questions the other day, I asked Ricky Barnes what was so great about Quail Hollow. He told me that it's a good week to play before the Players and that it's a major-quality golf course. I just don't see it. Is it better than Hartford or Colonial or Innisbrook?
2:46 p.m. From Spencer Tracy: Tiger should quit the game and go home and do not return before the season is over. Just too much needless discussion going on. I wonder what the Ryder Cup candidates will live through this weekend!
2:30 p.m. David Duval just had a four-putt. I wonder will he ever be the same guy that shot a 59 and won the British Open. Maybe for one week.
2:22 p.m. Tiger just hit one of those left shots again at the 7th. Does anyone have a cure for his swing problems?
2:20 p.m. Question from Christopher: Jim Furyk was on fire today at Rnd 2 Quail Hollow shooting 65 – will he sustain? Christopher, Furyk has won twice this season and don't see why he won't win another two or three times this year, including this week. 2:15 p.m. Tiger looks off. He just missed short with a six iron into the 238 yard 6th hole. He can't draw the ball to save his life.
2:09 p.m. Phil had an eagle and two birdies for a 4 under 68. He's 6 under for the tournament and he has flu symptoms. I wonder how good he would be playing if he were healthy.
2:07 p.m. Billy Mayfair is the best story right now. He Monday qualified to get in and he's a shot off the lead at 6 under, a shot behind the overnight leader, Bo Van Pelt.
2:05 p.m. Greetings. I'll be talking this afternoon a lot about Tiger Woods and Phil. I hope you join me in this discussion at Quail Hollow.