Originally created 09/06/97

Woods misses Canadian Open cut



MONTREAL (AP) - Rocco Mediate grabbed the midway lead in the Canadian Open on Friday and was upstaged by Tiger Woods, who missed the first cut of his pro career as he once again struggled on a course set up for a major championship.

Mediate, trying for his first victory since back surgery in 1994, was at 5-under-par 135 after 36 holes on a Royal Montreal Golf Club course tailored with the narrow fairways and deep rough of a U.S. Open course.

Phil Tataurangi was one stroke behind at 136 and PGA Championship winner Davis Love III was at 137.

Woods, who started his day with a triple bogey and ended it with three bogeys on the last four holes, shot a 76 and finished at 146, one stroke above the figure needed to qualify for the weekend rounds.

He had made the cut in all 25 PGA Tour events since turning pro, the 1996 British Open as an amateur and three international events going back to his missed cut in the 1996 Scottish Open, when he was still an amateur.

"It had to happen," the composed Woods said. "I can't play my entire career without missing a cut."

Mediate put up his leading score early in the day then sat back and watched as player after player fell victim to the swirling wind that plopped shots into the penalizing rough.

"These are definitely major championship conditions," Mediate said. "It is a national championship. I wore out all kinds of 3- and 4-irons," he said about the six par-4s that measured over 430 yards and played longer than that because of the wind.

Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Fulton Allem and Stewart Cink were at 138.

First-round leader Robert Damron followed his 65 with a 75 and was at 140. And Jim Furyk, who shot a 66 on Thursday, shot an 80 to also miss the cut.

Woods started the day at 70 but made a seven on the first hole when he drove into the rough and then missed the green into the rough behind it. He chipped short, chipped long, chipped on and two-putted.

It was Woods 11th score of double bogey or higher in the U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship and Canadian Open for a total of 27-over-par on just those 11 holes.

He contended in none of those tournaments, all played on difficult driving golf courses.

"I just had a tough time landing the ball today," Woods said. "I hit five drives that landed in the fairway and rolled into the rough by a yard or two."

Woods seemed certain to miss the cut when he made bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16 but in his typical dramatic fashion made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to keep his hopes alive.

"I knew when I saw the leaderboard walking off the 16th green that I needed a birdie," Woods said. "I got it but then I bogeyed 18."

That bogey came when he drove into the left rough and missed the green on the right side. His flop shot rolled 20 feet past the hole and he missed the putt by inches.

When it was clear what had happened, his playing partner, David Orgin, put his arm around Woods, whispered something and shared a secret laugh and then slapped him on the back.

The penalty for hitting into the rough was shown constantly. Furyk made a triple bogey on No. 11 when he went from the rough to the rough to the rough.

Mediate got the lead by keeping the ball in play.

"It feels like an Open - the British Open," Mediate said after a second-round 68 in which he avoided the rough all but twice and time after time threaded the well-guarded greens with accurate long-iron shots.

"The wind was a little more fierce today," Mediate said as the chilly breezes of the first round grew milder but gustier on Friday.

Divots: Mediate, who is 6 feet, has lost 60 pounds in the last 30 months from a peak of 250 pounds. "I've lost one-quarter of my body weight in 21/2 years and gained distance," he said. ... Frank Nobilo, who has had hand problems this year, withdrew after shooting a 77 in the first round. Glen Day withdrew after shooting a 33-45. ... Omar Uresti made a hole-in-one on the 198-yard 12th hole with a 4-iron. It was the first eagle of the tournament. ... Vijay Singh qualified for the weekend to push his consecutive cuts made streak to 45. Byron Nelson has the record with 113. Woods had the second-longest streak on tour. ... As in all of Canada, the flag at Royal Montreal Golf Club was at half staff to honor Princess Diana. ... Glen Hnatiuk was the low Canadian after 36 holes at 140.