Tiger Woods (+3) shoots 1-under 69 in second round to make cut at PGA Championship

TULSA, Okla. — Tiger Woods will probably be round for the weekend on the 104th PGA Championship at Southern Hills Nation Membership.

Needing to keep away from a bogey down the stretch to remain on the precise facet of the reduce line, the 15-time main champion did higher than that, with a birdie on the sixteenth gap. He shot 1-under 69 within the second spherical on Friday, which pushed him to three over via 36 holes.

Whereas Woods is not positioned on the leaderboard the place he in all probability desires to be (he was tied for 52nd when he completed), he is nonetheless sticking round for the ultimate 36 holes, which is greater than what PGA stars comparable to world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Daniel Berger can say after lacking the reduce. Woods has made the reduce in 18 of twenty-two begins on the PGA Championship.

“You can’t win the tournament if you miss the cut,” Woods mentioned. “I’ve won tournaments — not major championships, but I’ve won tournaments on the cut number. There’s a reason why you fight hard and you’re able to give yourself a chance on the weekend. You just never know when you might get hot. This weekend I’m going to have to go low. It’s going to be different. The wind is going to be coming out of the north. It’s going to be cooler.”

Woods is enjoying in simply his second official tour occasion since he was critically injured in a automobile accident outdoors Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2021. He gave the impression to be extra snug and engaged on Friday than he was within the first spherical, when he shot 4-over 70. He performed within the morning wave on Thursday and appeared to learn from a later tee time on Friday.

When Woods was requested to explain his stage of discomfort after Friday’s spherical, he mentioned, “All of that.”

Woods was additionally on the precise facet of the draw by way of the climate; he did not need to battle wind gusts as much as 25 mph that plagued different gamers on Friday morning. The wind had largely died down by the point Woods and his enjoying companions, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, began their spherical.

Whereas Woods limped and grimaced at occasions, he battled and fought via ache in his surgically repaired proper leg as soon as once more. There have been glimpses of the previous Woods, too. The par-4 sixteenth gap, the third hardest this week, was an ideal instance. He hammered his tee shot down the center of the green, leaving him 209 yards to the outlet. He hit his ball to 4 toes with a 5-iron, which was in all probability his greatest iron shot of the event. Woods’ birdie was simply the ninth on the 521-yard gap.

After struggling a double-bogey on the par-3 eleventh, Woods obtained again on the precise facet of the reduce line by sinking an eight-foot birdie on the par-5 thirteenth. He grimaced badly after hitting a layup shot on that gap. He made one other huge par save on the par-3 14th, sinking a 14½-footer after a poor chip shot from simply off the inexperienced.

Even with Woods trailing chief Will Zalatoris by 12 photographs, he is nonetheless holding out hope that he can someway climb again into rivalry. It could in all probability take a few rounds like what Bubba Watson did on Friday, capturing 7-under 63.

“I’m hoping I can shoot a number like Bubba did today tomorrow,” Woods mentioned. “That’s where my mind is at right now. I’ve got to do some things physically to get myself there tomorrow and it will be a quick turnaround. That’s the reward you get for just making the cut. You get to tee off early the next day, and hopefully I can get it in.

“The climate is meant to be slightly harder and be slightly extra testy, and hopefully that is the case. If that is the case, hopefully I can publish a great spherical and no less than transfer up the board, get myself inside hanging distance on Sunday. I am fairly far again, however you simply by no means know. Main championships are onerous to win. We have seen guys with huge leads or have made huge comebacks, so that you simply by no means know.”

Woods gave the impression to be in fine condition for the reduce after he made a 10½-foot birdie putt on the par-4 tenth gap, which moved him to 1 below within the spherical. However on the following gap, the par-3 eleventh, he badly pulled his tee shot to the left. He knocked his second shot right into a greenside bunker, after which could not stand up and down from eight toes. The double-bogey 5 dropped him to five over for the event.

It may have gotten worse for him on the par-4 twelfth. After knocking his tee shot into the green, Woods hit his second shot into one other bunker. After chipping out, he made a 14-footer to avoid wasting par.

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