Tiger Woods shockingly among stars to miss the cut at 2019 PGA Championship
Just one month after winning the Masters, Woods will not play the weekend at Bethpage Black
Tiger Woods will not play the weekend at the year's second major following a disappointing showing at Bethpage Black. After shooting a 3-over 73 in Round 2 on Friday, Woods failed to make the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship, finishing 5-over after 36 holes, a massive 17 strokes behind leader and playing partner Brooks Koepka (-12).
Woods, as you surely have not forgotten, won the 2019 Masters just one month ago, capturing his first major championship since 2008 and the 15th of his storied career. He chose not to play any competitive golf between winning the green jacket and pursuing the Wanamaker Trophy, and he looked a little rusty out in Farmingdale, New York, on Thursday when he shot a 2-over 72 to open play with two double bogeys over his first nine holes.
Woods struggled to find the fairway off the tee on Friday, and it prevented him from ever getting into a rhythm or position where it seemed like he could attack. The four-time PGA Championship champion wasn't totally out of contention following his 72, but it became apparent quickly that the battle was not going to be with Koepka but with the cut line.
Unfortunately, when Woods needed birdies to secure his spot for the weekend he found bogeys. Four bogeys on the back nine left Woods with a 38 on that side, and even as he battled down the stretch hoping for one last birdie to make the cut, it was apparent that his contention effort had run out of gas. A long look from off the green wasn't really close on 18, leaving his 5-foot par save as the final stroke of the championship.
This marks the third time in his last four appearances that Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship; he finished second a year ago after not playing in 2016-17 and falling below the line in 2014-15. Woods had finished T6 or better at his last three majors played, including the Masters, 2018 PGA Championship and 2018 Open Championship.
Woods is not the only big-name golfer going home early. Here's a breakdown of the notable players to miss the cut at the 101st PGA Championship:.
Jon Rahm (+5): While Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth were going low, Rahm was playing an entirely different tournament. Frustrations were apparent as he logged a 28.5 percent driving accuracy and played himself out of the tournament with five bogeys in his first eight holes of the day. After appearing to turn things around with back-to-back birdies in the middle of the round, he settled back into the battle and played his last seven holes at 2-over.
Sergio Garcia (+5): This marks seven straight missed cuts in a major for Sergio, who has yet to come close to contending at a major championship since winning the Masters in 2017. Garcia was better on Friday than Thursday but still never consistent enough -- particularly on the greens -- to break the streak of missed cuts.
Bubba Watson (+5): These fairways and Watson don't seem like a match made in heaven, so to see the two-time Masters champ end up on the wrong side of the cut line doesn't come as a huge surprise. What's frustrating for Watson is that he can't carry over the fine form he displayed in Friday's round of 69 -- 78.5 percent driving accuracy, 88.8 percent greens in regulation -- because he shot a 76 on Thursday.
Bryson DeChambeau (+6): A horrendous start of double-bogey, double-bogey, bogey had DeChambeau grasping for any kind of advantages he could get early in the round, carrying an 8-over championship score into his final nine holes. Credit DeChambeau for a 2-under 33 across his final nine holes, but it wasn't enough to make the cut.
Ian Poulter (+6): Poulter couldn't find the fairways, and it kept him off schedule all day during his second-round 74. When you miss the cut by two strokes, things like two bogeys in the final three holes of the day -- like Poulter had on No. 7 and No. 9 -- are really going to sting as you watch the weekend action from home.
Patrick Reed (+6): We had a breakthrough moment with Reed when he logged three straight top-five finishes in majors and won the Masters -- T2 at 2017 PGA, 2018 Masters winner, No. 4 at 2018 U.S. Open -- but this marks four missed cuts in his last 10 major starts.
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