- Tiger's quest for back-to-back majors ended in disappointment at Bethpage Black. Woods shot a three-over 73 on Friday to miss the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship.
BETHPAGE, N.Y. — After winning his first major in more than a decade last month, Tiger Woods turned in two disappointing rounds at Bethpage Black and missed the cut at the 2019 PGA Championship.
Woods followed up his roller-coaster round of 72 on Thursday with a three-over 73 on Friday, putting him +5 for the tournament and missing the cut by one stroke.
For the second straight day, Tiger's round got off to a rough start. After making double-bogey on his first hole Thursday, Tiger went way left on his opening drive Friday and had to scramble to make par. It was a sight that would set the tone for the rest of the day.
Unable to find the fairway off the tee and unable to make the putts he drained at Augusta, Tiger was never able to get comfortable and settle into a rhythm in his second round. He would make two birdies on the front, but they were canceled out by two bogeys, leading to an even-par 35. Woods made the turn at +2 and in position to play the weekend, but the wheels fell off from there.
Tiger opened with back-to-back-to-back bogeys on the back nine and would go on to make four in five holes. Woods needed to birdie one of his final holes to squeeze in under the cut line (+4), but he instead he closed with four straight pars on one of the most difficult stretches on the course.
The missed cut is Tiger's first in a major since the 2018 U.S. Open. Woods would finish the day 17 strokes back of playing partner and leader Brooks Koepka (–12).
Scroll down for a hole-by-hole recap of Tiger's second round at the 2019 PGA Championship. For more coverage, check out our leaderboard.
Hole 18, par 4: Par, +5 overall (+3 today)
Tiger had a chance to make a desperation birdie after finding the fairway, but his approach shot wound up short, hitting the front of the green and spinning back into the immediate rough. He took an aggressive run at the birdie he needed to make the weekend, but it went running by leaving him with a five-footer for a par. Woods would make the putt, but not the weekend.
Hole 17, par 3: Par, +5 overall (+3 today)
Tiger has stabilized his round with three straight pars, but it's going to be too little too late unless he can make some magic happen on No. 18. Tiger hit a cut 6-iron to the middle of the green that just made it on after bouncing in the fringe. That left him with a 38-foot birdie putt over a hump on one of the most difficult greens on the course. Knowing he needed a birdie, Tiger hit an aggressive putt that just skimmed the right side of the hole. With a little less pace, it might have dropped. Instead, it left with him a 4-footer coming back which he drained.
Hole 16, par 4: Par, +5 overall (+3 today)
It appeared Tiger was going to hit back-to-back fairways for the first time all day...but it's been that kind of day. Tiger's balled bounce left, just out of the fairway and into the intermediate rough. And as they say, golf is a game of inches. With a little more grass under his ball, Tiger wasn't able to get a clean shot off. From 164 out, his ball came out squirrely before bouncing in front of the green and just making it onto the fringe. His birdie attempt would curl around the hole on the high side, leaving another tap-in par.
Tiger vs. the cut is going to be a close one. He likely needs a birdie on 17 or 18 to make it.
Hole 15, par 4: Par, +5 overall (+3 today)
A rare sight: Tiger in the fairway. Woods chose the right hole to stripe one down the middle—it's pretty much impossible to hit the elevated green at No. 15 from the rough. But Woods had a clean lie from 180 yards out and found the back of the green, about 30 feet away from the flag. Facing a downhill putt, Woods decided not to challenge the hole, lagging a putt gently down the slope and leaving himself around four feet for par. Woods would make the putt to stop the bleeding with a par.
Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka made yet another birdie to move to –11, six shots clear of Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Matt Wallace.
Hole 14, par 3: Bogey, +5 overall (+3 today)
Tiger tried to muscle a 9-iron to the 162-yard 14th, but ended up leaving it short right on the green. His 55-foot birdie putt went screaming by the hole, leaving him another 10 feet coming back. His par attempt skirted by the whole, leading to yet another bogey—his fourth in five holes. The projected cut line continues to fluctuate, but right now it's at +4, leaving Tiger one shot out.
Hole 13, par 5: Birdie, +4 overall (+2 today)
Woods absolutely had to birdie this hole, the last par 5 on the course, if he is to have a good chance of making the weekend. He didn't make things easy for himself, but he accomplished that mission. Woods missed the fairway left—he's still hit just one fairway—and hit a good layup from the fairway bunker, setting up a wedge for his third. Another good one, and the difference here was that he was able to hole the 10 footer he's missed so many times. Tiger is now +4 and the cut line is inching closer to +4, so there's a chance he sticks around.
Hole 12, par 4: Bogey, +5 overall (+3 today)
Three bogeys in a row and Tiger is firmly on the outside looking in. He actually hit this fairway, then was able to find the green with a 4-iron, but ran his approach putt a solid 10 feet by and couldn't hole the comebacker. A whole lot of gas has left Bethpage Black as a Tiger-less weekend becomes increasingly likely.
Hole 11, par 4: Bogey, +4 overall (+2 today)
Tiger is officially in big danger of missing the cut after his fourth bogey of the day. Woods missed the fairway again—1/9 there—and had to hack out a 5-wood from 194 yards. It wsa actually a pretty good shot but rolled through the green, and he chipped up to about 10 feet. He again couldn't convert, and he'll need to play his last eight holes, on Bethpage's more difficult nine, to stick around for the weekend.
Hole 10, par 4: Bogey, +3 overall (+1 today)
Tiger badly missed this fairway to the left, and the ball found a terrible spot in thick rough. For the fourth time today, he had to punch back into the fairway and take his chances with a wedge. He hit another good one to about 10 feet but missed on the low side—a theme today—and that bogey drops him back onto the cut line.
Hole 9, par 4: Birdie, +2 overall (E today)
Woods finally hit his first fairway of the day at 9, which put him in good position to attack a front pin. He hit a mid-iron directly over the flag, into the fat part of the green, and poured the birdie putt right in the center. It's pretty remarkable that he was able to shoot even par on that 9 holes despite hitting only one fairway...
Hole 8, par 3: Par, +3 overall (+1 today)
The 8th is the only hole at Bethpage with water in play, but Tiger played safely over it with a rifled 6-iron to about 20 feet. Quality shot there. He was aggressive with the birdie effort but ran it by the left side, leaving about three feet. He brushed that one in without incident and moves to the 9th after a par.
Hole 7, par 4: Bogey, +3 overall (+1 today)
You simply can't play Bethpage Black well without hitting a fairway, and Tiger is now 0/6. This one went left again—that's been a theme—and he couldn't advance this one to the green, instead punching one out to about 80 yards. He judged that wedge shot nicely, leaving a relatively straighforward six footer, but it slid by on the right and he's back to over par for the day. He is also right on the cut line.
Hole 6, Par 4: Birdie, +2 overall (E today)
A much-needed birdie, but it didn't come via a fairway hit. He missed this one to the left again—now 0/5 on that front—but muscled a wedge to about 18 feet, right no the back edge. He poured the birdie putt right in the center, giving the massive assembled crowd something to cheer about, and he's back to level par for the day.
Hole 5, Par 4: Par, +3 overall (+1 today)
Another missed fairway—this one left—and he had to hack out from 161 yards. Woods actually did well to advance his ball close to the green, in a fairway bunker short, but it plugged into the face of the sand. That left a terrible lie, but he managed to plop one out to about 10 feet and holed the par effort. That's a good save, but he needs to figure out the ball striking in a hurry if he's going to get anything out of this round.
Hole 4, Par 5: PAR, +3 overall, (+1 today)
The 4th hole is the only reachable par 5 on the course, but you absolutely need to hit the fairway to have any chance of going for it in two...and he didn't. This one was pulled left, and Tiger is now 0/3 in fairways to start the day. That forced a layup, which he executed fine, but his wedge checked up a solid 30 feet short. He gave the birdie run a good effort but it slid by, and that's a disappoint par and a very disappointing start.
Hole 3, Par 3: PAR, +3 overall (+1 today)
We have arrived at Tiger's first good shot of the day. With the tees moved slightly up, Tiger found the green on the 221-yard third with a towering 4-iron, leaving himself a makeable 10-footer for birdie. But Tiger's putt would clip the left edge of the hole and had too much pace to drop, leaving a tap-in par. It's worth noting Tiger was +3 on the par-3s yesterday, a rare sight for arguably the best irons player in the world.
Hole 2, Par 4: BOGEY, +3 overall (+1 today)
Missing fairways is a recipe for disaster at Bethpage Black—and Tiger is cooking all the wrong things. Woods hit an iron off the tee but blocked it right of the fairway. With the rough so deep, he was forced to layup, leaving himself about 82 yards on his approach. His third shot landed closer to the pin, but spun back hard, leaving a 20-foot attempt for par. His attempt fell short, leaving a tap-in bogey. Going +1 on the first two holes is a pretty big setback—they're two of the easiest on the course.
Hole 1, Par 4: PAR, +2 Overall (Even today)
Tiger started the tournament with a double-bogey on No. 10 yesterday—and Woods got off to an equally ominous start on No. 1 today. Woods appeared to slip on his drive and yanked the ball hard left, deep into the Bethpage fescue. After needing about 10 minutes to clear the insane gallery crowding his ball, Woods chopped out to a greenside bunker on the right side. From there, he was able to get up-and-down after draining a five-foot putt. Deep sigh of relief.
The projected cut right now is +3, meaning Tiger is toeing the line. Brooks Koepka also made the first hole look like a pitch-and-putt, getting to –8 (10 strokes ahead of Tiger).
Tiger has arrived at Bethpage and is warming up. He's set to tee off in about 45 minutes. Friday could prove to be a more challenging day on the Black Course than Friday. Only 12 players are under-par at the moment, with Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson making up some ground on Koepka.