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Woods misses Quail Hollow cut as Watney leads the way

May 4, 2012 -- Updated 2324 GMT (0724 HKT)
A disconsolate Tiger Woods on his way to a one-over 73 in the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina.
A disconsolate Tiger Woods on his way to a one-over 73 in the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tiger Woods struggles to second round 73 at Quail Hollow
  • Woods misses cut at PGA Tour event in North Carolina
  • Nick Watney sets clubhouse pace at halfway on 12-under
  • World No.2 Rory McIlroy six shots back after a 68

(CNN) -- Tiger Wood missed the cut at Quail Hollow in his first tournament since a disappointing showing at the U.S. Masters.

A second round one-over 73 Friday left him level par 144 for the PGA Tour event, one outside the cut line.

The former world number one was left to rue a routine four-foot birdie putt on his penultimate hole and he took 33 putts in total in a disappointing showing on the greens.

Woods happier with swing ahead of return

It was only the eighth time in 267 starts as a professional that Woods will have failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

This is one of my favorite tour stops, and unfortunately, I'm just not going to be around for the last two days
Tiger Woods

"This is one of my favorite tour stops, and unfortunately, I'm just not going to be around for the last two days," he told gathered reporters after his round.

Coming off a 40th place finish at Augusta after going into the first major of the season as favorite, Woods was also wayward off the tee.

One drive on the par-5 fifth hole could not be found but Woods received a free drop after a ruling.

Latest leaderboard from Quail Hollow

According to the official PGA Tour website a fan had reportedly pocketed the ball.

While Woods struggled, fellow American Nick Watney charged into the clubhouse lead at 12-under after a superb second round 64 in North Carolina.

Webb Simpson, second on last year's money list, was a shot back after a 68.

World number two Rory McIlroy, playing his first event since the Masters, also prospered among the morning starters, shooting a four-under 68.

It left the Northern Ireland star on six-under overall and still well-placed to claim the top seven place which would see him leapfrog England's Luke Donald to top spot in the rankings.

McIlroy won the 2010 edition with closing rounds of 66-62 after just making the cut.

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