Farmingdale, NY — Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka spent the previous two majors trading 1-2 finishes.
That isn’t to happen at the PGA Championship.
While Koepka is holding up his end of the bargain, Woods is pulling his $20 million yacht out of Oyster Bay and heading home a few days early. Playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters in April, Woods repeatedly stumbled over his two rounds at Bethpage Black and will miss the cut.
“Well, I’m not playing the weekend,” he said. “It’s disappointing, and I just didn’t quite have it.”
Woods’ Friday round of 73 left him at 5-over, one shot off the cut line. While Woods struggled with his putter during Thursday’s opening round, his tee shots betrayed him on Friday as he repeatedly missed the fairways.
When he did score, he failed to maintain any consistency. All three of his birdies were handcuffed to bogeys on the ensuing hole.
While no one except that guy who flushed $100K on a Tiger Slam bet expected Woods to win every major this year, this performance still has to rate as a disappointment.
Woods’ failure to make the weekend at the PGA raises three big questions:
1. Should he have entered an event between the Masters and PGA Championship?
2. How bad was the illness that kept him home from Wednesday’s practice round? While Woods insisted he was fine on Thursday, perhaps that was not the case.
3. Will Tiger play a warmup before next months US Open at Pebble Beach? He has not committed to any of the three events in between, which includes the Memorial, a tournament he’s won five times.
The last question may be answered in coming days, but the weekend will belong to Koepka. The defending event champion shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to move his overall score to 12-under, seven shots clear of Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott.
Koepka’s 63-65 start is a new 36-hole major scoring record.
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