'Byron has still got Tiger'

Tiger Woods had finished in the money for 142 consecutive United States PGA Tour events until missing the cut in Texas at the Byron Nelson Championship, but in a real sense the event’s namesake golf legend never lost that record.

Nelson finished in the money in 113 consecutive events in the 1940s. Only 111 of Woods’s events during his impressive run that ended in Texas on Friday actually had a cut.

The other 31 events for Woods included reduced-field specialty events such as the Tournament of Champions, events much less common in Nelson’s era.

“If you take away those [no-cut tournaments], I think Byron has still got Tiger,” said South Africa’s Ernie Els, whose streak of 20 consecutive cuts made is now the longest active run on the US tour.

“Still, what Tiger did is unbelievable, seven years without a missed cut.”

Fiji’s Vijay Singh, on the verge of overtaking Woods to reclaim the world number-one ranking before an expected head-to-head showdown at the Memorial, made 53 cuts in a row himself at one stage and called Woods’s run “pretty good”.

“It’s sad the streak comes to an end, but it happens,” Singh said.
“Maybe he was happy the streak came to an end. It takes away all the talk.”—Sapa-AFP

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