Since his Masters win final yr, Woods has not been a consider majors, with missed cuts on the PGA Championship and British Open in 2019.
SAN FRANCISCO — In the future he could not discover sufficient fairways. The following day he could not make any putts. The third day he could not get shut sufficient to make any putts.
That leaves a fourth day for Tiger Woods, with little to play for within the PGA Championship.
Eight photographs behind going into the third spherical, Woods did not make a birdie till the 16th gap at Harding Park. That was adopted by his finest shot of the day, an strategy from 209 yards to five toes for birdie on the 18th. After which it was time to signal for a 2-over 72 on Saturday, leaving him out of competition at one other main.
“It is identical to yesterday,” Woods stated. “I simply did not get something going, and needed to claw and battle to get my means again, and did not get something going till the previous few holes.”
Woods completed an hour earlier than the leaders teed off, and he was left with one other Sunday at a significant with out a lot hope.
His victory within the Masters final yr was one of the crucial emotional ever for Woods, who endured a significant knee surgical procedure and 4 again surgical procedures since his earlier one 11 years earlier.
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Since then, nonetheless, Woods has not been a consider majors, with missed cuts on the PGA Championship and British Open final yr, and an enormous deficit going into Sunday on the U.S. Open.
Woods stated it would not be troublesome for him to rise up for the ultimate day at Harding Park, which till this week has introduced solely glad recollections in his earlier two experiences as a professional.
“Prepare for the (FedEx Cup) playoffs, and we now have the U.S. Open after that. We have now some large occasions to be performed,” he stated. “And hopefully, tomorrow I can shoot one thing within the crimson and get it to underneath par for the event.”
The PGA Championship is barely his fourth event of the yr, and his second within the final six months due to the pandemic that shut down golf from March to June.
Woods used a brand new putter this week — adjustable weights within the sole and slightly longer to permit him to observe longer with out pressure on his again — however he blamed the final two days on the man utilizing it.
“I used to be annoyed that I did not get something going early,” Woods stated. “Want I might have made the putts I did on the finish. I used to be placing for pars, it appeared like, on quite a lot of the holes.”
It wasn’t solely a repeat of Friday, when Woods had three birdie probabilities of 10 toes or nearer on the opening 5 holes and did not make any of them. On Saturday, he did not have many cheap probabilities.
Woods had solely two birdie probabilities from inside 20 toes on the entrance 9 — a miss from 18 toes on No. 2, and miss from simply outdoors 15 toes from the perimeter on the par-5 fourth. He had solely three probabilities inside 20 toes on the again 9, changing the final two of them.
Woods talked concerning the noise — lack of it, with no spectators — as a brand new regular. One other new regular could be Woods not being a lock to contend each main he performs. His schedule is extra restricted than ever. His again is unpredictable. And he’s 44, an age at which solely six gamers have gained majors.
Solely thrice in 9 majors has he had an opportunity going into Sunday since his return from a fourth again surgical procedure — the 2018 British Open and PGA, and the 2019 Masters that he gained. Age alone would recommend he would not have many majors left to attempt to win at the least three extra to match Jack Nicklaus.
“There’s not as many as once I first began enjoying,” he stated. “The fact is that the golf programs are getting larger. They’re getting longer. The margin between making the minimize and the lead is quite a bit smaller than it was — was typically 12 to 15 photographs. Now we had, what, 9 photographs? It is simply totally different.
“It is getting tighter and it is getting more durable to win occasions.”
Woods will get yet one more day at Harding Park, after which just one month earlier than he will get a cracked at his subsequent one at Winged Foot for the U.S. Open.
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