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Tiger Woods misses cut at PGA Championship after early struggles

Tiger Woods, the legendary golfer who has captivated fans for decades, faced yet another setback at the PGA Championship held at Valhalla Golf Club. Despite his reputation as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Woods struggled significantly in his second round, leading to an early exit from the tournament. This is the 11th consecutive major championship where Woods has played a round of par or worse, leaving fans and analysts alike wondering about his future in the sport.

Early struggles on the course

Heading into the second round hoping for a strong comeback, Woods quickly ran into trouble. His round started with a par on the first hole, but things took a turn for the worse on the par-4 second hole. Woods’ drive landed in the left rough and his second shot also ended up in the rough. His third shot went into a bunker and then he rolled over the green into another bunker. After chipping out to 20½ feet, he two-putted and triple-bogeyed. This disastrous start set the tone for the rest of his round.

The problems continued on the par-3 third hole, where Woods three-putted and bogeyed. He recorded his second triple-bogey in three holes when he birdied the par-4 fourth hole. After a drive that left him just 75 yards from the hole, he failed to reach the green until his fifth shot. His third shot went into the bunker and he couldn’t get out on his fourth. He hit his ball and two-putted from 11½ feet. At the end of the fourth hole, Woods was 7 over par.

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Historical context and rare errors

It was the first time Woods had multiple triple-bogeys in 1,344 rounds of his PGA Tour career, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information. This statistic highlights the rarity of such mistakes for Woods and underscores the unusual nature of his performance. Prior to this round, Woods had only recorded one triple-bogey in his previous 22 appearances at the PGA Championship, which came during the third round in 2022. the PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thinking about the bike

After a rough start, Woods was able to settle in a bit and made pars on the next two holes. On the par-5 seventh hole, he holed out to 8 feet and made a birdie putt, giving his fans a glimmer of hope. The highlight of his round was the par 3 eighth hole where his ball stopped just 4 inches from the cup and he made another birdie to move back to 5 over par. However, his momentum was short-lived as he recorded back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes.

Woods reflected on his performance and acknowledged the mistakes he made during the round. «Well, I got off to a bad start and the rough got me in 2,» Woods said. “There is also no sand in the bunker. I just made a mistake there. I’ve combined the problem to 4. Just make mistakes and do things you can’t do, not only in tournaments, but especially in majors. And I kept doing them. I hung around most of the day, but unfortunately the damage was done early.”

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Future plans and optimism

Despite the disappointing result at Valhalla, Woods remains optimistic about his golf future. He plans to attend the upcoming US Open at No. 2 Pinehurst in North Carolina, which is scheduled for 13-16. June. Woods believes his game will improve over time as he continues to recover from injuries he suffered in a car accident in February 2021. «It will – in time,» Woods said of the possibility of his game improving. «I have to play more. Unfortunately, I haven’t played many tournaments and I don’t plan to. I hope that everything will come together in my home training and I will be ready for Pinehurst.»

Physical recovery and determination

Woods also addressed his physical condition, noting that he is gradually getting stronger. «Physically, I’m better than I was a month ago,» Woods said. «I still have a long way to go before Pinehurst, I need to improve a lot physically and hopefully my team and I can do it before Pinehurst and go for it.» His commitment to continuous improvement and his belief in his ability to return to top form remain strong.

Resilience and determination

Woods showed his characteristic resilience and determination throughout the round. After a disastrous start, he managed to play the final 14 holes in 1-under par, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. Despite hitting his approach shot into the fans, Woods recovered by holing to 4 feet and making the putt. His fighting spirit was evident as he emphasized the importance of perseverance. «Just fight,» Woods said. «Hold the pedals, fight, try hard and work hard to get the best score I can give today. That’s all I can do. It will be a lot, but I will fight until the end.’

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Other prominent players are missing the cut

Woods was not alone in his early exit from the PGA Championship. Several other prominent golfers also failed to make the cut after 36 holes. Reigning US Open champion Wyndham Clark, Phil MickelsonAdam Scott, Sam Burns, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jon Rahm and Ludvig Åberg were among those predicted not to be cut, highlighting the tough conditions and competitive nature of the tournament.

While Tiger Woods’ performance at the PGA Championship was far from his best, his determination to improve and compete remains strong. Fans and golf enthusiasts alike will be eagerly watching his progress as he prepares for the US Open, hoping that the legendary golfer will return to his best form. Despite his setbacks, Woods’ unwavering commitment to the sport and his resilience in the face of adversity continue to inspire many.

Information is collected from ESPN and New York Post.

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