Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tiger Woods doesn't make cut at PGA Championship

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.

Espn.com contributed to this report.

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