Tiger misses prick by 1 shot at PGA Championship

Tiger misses prick by 1 shot at PGA Championship

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  • Bob HarigESPN Senior Creator


    • Senior golf creator for ESPN.com
    • Lined golf for greater than 20 years
    • Earned Evans Scholarship to encourage Indiana College

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — There was disappointment, to ensure that. A tinge of frustration. The rules that golf is an ever-evolving sport and work stays to be finished.

However after lacking the prick on the PGA Championship on Friday, Tiger Woods did not seem all that broken up about it, particularly coming off a Masters victory closing month that left him emotionally spent.

“Correctly, or now not it’s a nice notify to salvage,” Woods mentioned after taking footage 73 at Bethpage Dusky to overlook the 36-hole prick by one stroke. “You understand, I’ve beloved being the Masters champion once more and the PGA was a rapid turnaround, and sadly I supreme did not play effectively.

“I did not methodology the entire small points I should methodology precisely to publish right rankings and assign myself in station to shoot right rankings.”

It is the primary time in his occupation that Woods ignored a prick at a predominant after worthwhile the sooner one. Pointless to coach, in worthwhile his first 14 majors from 1997 to 2008, Woods ignored supreme a single prick in predominant championships — on the 2006 U.S. Inaugurate.

He is the primary reigning predominant champion to overlook the subsequent predominant’s prick since Zach Johnson gained the 2015 Inaugurate and ignored the prick on the PGA Championship.

After taking the closing month off, Woods by no means appeared interesting at Bethpage, the place he gained the 2002 U.S. Inaugurate. He hit supreme three of 14 fairways Friday and took 61 putts for the two days. He had two double-bogeys Thursday.

And Woods was fighting an sickness that saved him from practising Wednesday.

A scuttle of three straight bogeys to start up the encourage 9 doomed him to a weekend off for the primary time because the 2018 U.S. Inaugurate at Shinnecock. He shot 145, 5 over par, and was 17 strokes on the encourage of match chief Brooks Koepka, who association a predominant championship 36-hole scoring file of 128.

Woods beat Koepka by a shot on the Masters however was clearly lacking the identical firepower right here. The month off with out competitors and a steady-weight comply with agenda this week resulted in an absence of sharpness that doomed him.

“You miss fairways, it will decide up with you,” mentioned Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava. “It wasn’t like he was hitting it in every place. However on this route, 6 toes off the golf inexperienced and you might be screwed. And clearly his really feel was off on the greens.

“He did not practice the rest about being harm, however he got here out of that 9-iron [approach] on 14 and the sand wedge on the closing gap. Which is amazingly now not like him. I create now not mediate he is hurting, however these are photographs the place he had good yardages on each. That’s now not in sort Tiger.”

Woods had supreme 112 yards in on the 18th gap for a birdie that may salvage made the prick on the quantity. However he hit a depressed shot to 44 toes. “The par putt I figured he’d salvage for birdie,” LaCava mentioned.

For Woods, 43, it’s supreme the 19th ignored prick of his professional occupation on the PGA Tour (20th worldwide). For perspective, Koepka, 29, has ignored 18. It was Woods’ ninth ignored prick in a predominant.

After a gap-spherical 72, Woods wished to shoot no worse than 2 over par to assemble the prick and regarded in first rate form after a birdie on the ninth gap. However Woods hit supreme one fairway over the primary 9 holes, and that inaccuracy off the tee imprint him as he continued to overlook them on the encourage 9.

Woods would now not communicate skipping a match between the Masters and PGA as an excuse.

“No, no, no. Indubitably now not,” he mentioned. “I am the Masters champion and 43 years historic, and that is the rationale a gleaming right accomplishment.

“I supreme wasn’t transferring the style I wished to. That’s the method it goes. There’s going to be days and weeks the place or now not it’s supreme now not going to work, and on the current time was one among nowadays.”

Woods, ranked sixth on the earth, is anticipated to play the Memorial Match in two weeks sooner than subsequent month’s U.S. Inaugurate at Pebble Sea lumber.

“There is no such thing as a the rationale why I can now not resist the hint once more and crank it encourage up,” Woods mentioned. “I’ve bought to start up feeling fairly bit higher first sooner than that happens. We’re going to methodology that first after which starting up cranking it encourage up once more.”


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Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship
Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship
Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship
Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship
Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship

Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship

Tiger Misses Prick By 1 Shot At PGA Championship