In order to accomplish his stated goal of playing himself back into competitive shape after returning from back surgery, Tiger Woods needs to ensure that he actually plays. The 14-time major winner came perilously close to missing out on the final two rounds of the 2014 Open Championship on Friday before salvaging the weekend with his very last shot of the day.
After 35 uneven holes, Woods needed to sink a six-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Royal Liverpool get inside the cut line (+2) at the Open Championship. He found himself in danger of missing the cut at a major for just the fourth time in his career after a triple bogey on the 17th hole. After carding a solid 3-under 69 in his first round, Woods opened his second round with a double bogey and a bogey. As he stood over his fourth shot on the Par 5 18th hole, Woods had yet to record a birdie all day.