For a time it seemed as if Tiger Woods wouldn't even finish his round on Friday at the 2014 PGA Championship.
The limp because of a still-gimpy back began at the end of the front nine and there was a ton of speculation that Woods might just walk to his car after playing the ninth hole (he walked right past it) but he didn't and he was rewarded with an actually solid back nine but an overall 74.
"I tried as hard as I could," Woods said after his round. "That's all I've got."
It wasn't very good.
Here's a look at his card:
That front nine, though, that front nine did him in early on Friday as he would have needed a 69 to move on to the weekend.
Here's a synopsis of his day (and week):
The struggle was real for Tiger all day as this is just the sixth time he's missed the cut at a major and just the fourth he's missed as a professional. The others include:
2011 PGA Championship
2009 British Open
2006 US Open
1995 US Open
It was actually, above everything else, sad to watch Tiger limp around the course making double bogeys and saving bogey. It was like watching Michael Jordan try to go to the well with the Wizards long after it had run dry.
That's not to say Tiger is done but this was never going to be his week.
"I need to get stronger," Woods said. "I need to get stronger physically and get back to where I was."
He'll miss the FedEx Cup Playoffs and likely the Ryder Cup and we probably won't see him again until the 2014-15 season.
That might be for the best, though. If Tiger wants to write the last two chapters of his drama properly -- I'm assuming he doesn't want to flip it to a tragedy -- he needs to get fully healthy and find a swing he can trust that doesn't hurt his body.
Right now he's a long way from that as was evident this week at Valhalla. He finished 15 back of the leader Rory McIlroy after the second day and it honestly didn't even feel that close.
To put this in perspective Tom Watson played his final six round of the major season in 434 strokes and Woods played them in 442 strokes.