Tiger Woods Cut Streak

Making The Cut 1998 to 2005

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From February of 1998 into May of 2005, Tiger Woods made the cut in every tournament he entered on the PGA Tour; that streak of 142 consecutive tournaments without missing a cut is the PGA Tour's all-time record for the longest consecutive cut streak.

Woods bested the previous mark of 113 straight tournaments without a missed cut that had been set by Byron Nelson in 1941 to 1948, and it's also true that Woods' streak included multiple tournaments that didn't have a cut — but so did Nelson's.

It wasn't until the 2005 Bryson Nelson Championship on the PGA Tour that Woods finally missed the second round a tournament, which is ironic considering Nelson was the previous record holder for most consecutive cuts made by a PGA golfer.

A Rough Start then Smooth Sailing

Woods missed the cut at the 1997 Canadian Open, and then, the completion of the 1998 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was delayed by rain and Woods withdrew rather than return for the second round of the tournament, but those were the only two events in which Woods failed to play beyond the cut before his consecutive cuts streak began at the 1998 Buick Open.

Over the next seven years, Woods played 142 consecutive PGA Tour tournaments in which he went on to the second round, though he by no means won all of them. Still, during that streak, Woods boasted an impressive eight wins in major championship matches including two U.S. Open titles and 36 total victories across all tournaments.

In 2005, Woods made the cut at the Wachovia Championship for number 142 in the streak, but he missed the cut in his next event, the 2005 Byron Nelson Championship. Yes, Woods' streak ended at the tournament hosted by the golfer whose record Woods had broken.

After the Streak, Still A Winner

Still, this loss ending the streak did not stop Wood from going on to win the 2005 and 2006 Open Championships or the 2006 and 2007 PGA Championship and the 2008 U.S. Open — it was merely a bump in the road midway through Woods' illustrious golf career.

Throughout much of the late 90s and early 2000s, Woods dominated the field racking up 79 official PGA Tour victories including 14 major championships, and to this day Woods maintains the lowest score average in PGA Tour history (for the average score of all rounds played through his career).

However, in 2015 Woods underwent major surgery on his back, pulling him from the professional circuit indefinitely. In 2017 he underwent his fourth corrective surgery, and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery, though there is no sure way of knowing yet when or if he will make his return to the PGA Tour for a chance to earn his 80th victory.