Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tiger Woods doesn't make cut at PGA Championship

Tiger Woods, heading off the 18th green after finishing with 74, says his back problems surfaced again.

Getty Images

Tiger Woods, heading off the 18th green after finishing with 74, says his back problems surfaced again.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Once the game's most dominant player, Tiger Woods looked old and tired at the PGA Championship. He was overmatched Friday, shooting his second straight 3-over 74 to miss the cut at a major for the fourth time in his professional career.

Not that this was a big surprise.

Woods was playing in only his fourth tournament since back surgery in late March, and he hasn't been a factor in any of them. He failed to make the cut at the Quicken Loans National. He had his worst 72-hole showing in a major at the British Open. He had to withdraw Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational after taking an awkward swing and hurting his back again.

He showed up Wednesday at Valhalla, proclaimed himself fit — and flopped again.

"I tried as hard as I could. That's about all I've got," Woods said. "Unfortunately, I just didn't play well. Consequently, a pair of 74s is not very good."

With the cut at 1 over, Woods, at 6-over 148, wasn't even close to playing on the weekend.

He was effectively done after shooting 4-over 39 on the front nine Friday, including double bogey at No. 6 — where he three-putted from 18 feet — and a really ugly bogey at the par-5 seventh.

Woods said his chances effectively ended when the back problem that left him barely able to bend over last weekend cropped up again on the driving range Friday. "I just had to play through it," he said. "I'm not exactly a nonstubborn person.''

Mr. Grumpy: From declining to participate in an innocuous long-drive competition Tuesday during his practice round — and complaining about it — to worrying about slow play Thursday and moaning about the rain Friday, it's been a strange week for Masters champion Bubba Watson, who was at par 142 after two rounds. Because a PGA microphone was with his group — which included Rory McIlroy — and picking up conversations for a website stream, much of what Watson said Friday could be heard. At one point, he swore — unusual for him — and was generally in a poor mood because of the conditions.

"Water on the clubface, bro … water on the clubface. I've got no chance," he said to caddie Ted Scott at a time Watson was 2 under for the tournament.

After he missed the green at No. 16, he said: "I can't play golf, man. I got nothing."

At the 18th: "It doesn't matter what I do, man. It doesn't matter," followed by expletives.

Watson took a beating on social media for his behavior. On Twitter, sympathy for Scott led to the creation of a #PrayForTedScott hashtag.

more EXITS: Ben Crane (first-round 74) withdrew before teeing off because of back problems. Kiradech Aphibarnrat was 5 over through eight holes when he withdrew because of a knee injury. Boo Weekley stopped after eight holes with a shoulder injury; he was 1 over for his round, 10 over for the tournament. Angel Cabrera also cited a shoulder injury when he withdrew. The two-time major champion, who opened with 82, was 4 over through 12 holes. contributed to this report.

Tiger Woods doesn't make cut at PGA Championship 08/08/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 10:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mikhail Sergachev begins real Lightning audition vs. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The spotlight will remain on Mikhail Sergachev throughout the Lightning preseason.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) on the ice during hockey training camp in preparation for the 2017-2018 season in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  2. Ryan Callahan: Brian Boyle will beat cancer diagnosis


    Ryan Callahan has been friends with Brian Boyle for a long-time, the two veterans playing together for seven years between the Rangers and the Lightning.

  3. Taylor Raddysh among first Lightning camp cuts


    Lightning forward prospect Taylor Raddysh was among the first cuts in camp, the team trimming its roster by six on Wednesday.

  4. Chris Archer, 25,000 Cubs fans and Tampa Bay's painful truth

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest ovation inside Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was not for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who was returning for the first time since managing the Rays.

    "W" flags fly in the stands after the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Rays Tuesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  5. A rendering of the Bucs' indoor practice facility.