FARMINGDALE, NY -- After not showing up for any practice at brawny Bethpage Black on Wednesday, Tiger Woods probably wishes he could have skipped the first round of the 2019 PGA Championship on Thursday as well. Woods shot a 2-over 72 that left him well back of the early lead in this season's second major championship.
It didn't start well, and it didn't end well either, but there was a crest in the middle that made you think really ridiculous things about Woods winning all four majors this season.
Woods opened with a double bogey at the 10th hole after a slightly off-line drive and notched another one on the par-3 17th after coming up short in the sand off the tee. Those two gaffes led to a 3-over 38 start on the back nine (he started at the 10th hole) before Tiger switched to the front nine and the tide turned.
It began with a blown drive way out to the right off the elevated first tee. Woods was among the trees and in the rough on the harsh dogleg right hole, but he was able to get up and down from there for a three. He made another three on the second hole after a tight approach. A three at the third for par led us to a fourth consecutive three at the par-5 fourth. Woods canned his 31-foot eagle putt after a heroic second from 220 yards away that just cleared the front edge of the green.
His fourth eagle of the season meant that -- in the time it took many New Yorkers to take their lunch break -- Woods went from outside the top 50 to T5 with five holes left to make more hay. The hay was not made as Woods stumbled home with those three bogeys. The first was a 5-footer on the 5th hole, the second an 8-footer on the 7th and the third was a 10-footer on the 8th. Woods closed with a par for the 72.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — There’s no way to sugar coat it. There’s no silver lining. Tiger Woods looked awful once again Friday at the PGA Championship.
Bethpage Black’s lush rough had a tiger’s bite as Woods struggled from start to finish en route to a lackluster 3-over 73 in the second round of the 101st PGA Championship. Woods walked off the course at 5-over and T83, one shot outside the projected cut of 4-over. The PGA Tour announced Woods had officially missed the cut around 7 p.m. ET.