2024 PGA Championship: Tiger Woods can’t overcome ‘mistakes’ as he returns early from Valhalla

LOUISVILLE – The warm feelings around Valhalla Golf Club revolved around Tiger Woods. They love winners from their Midwestern hometown, and Woods has long been their adopted son after his thrilling PGA Championship victory in 2000. Unfortunately, Woods could not compare the enthusiasm of the fans with an inspired game.

His explanation after two days of grinding and gross in the 106th PGA: “Unfortunately, I took too many blows.”

Indeed, he did, and that means that Woods will not play in Valhalla for the weekend for the second time in three main performances here. After starting the major with an abysmal 72, Woods exploded on three consecutive holes early in the second round, hitting triple bogeys with sloppy shots on the second and fourth holes and hitting three near bogeys. did. Eliminates the possibility of making cuts. While the sun was starting to sleep, Woods finished applause for a 18 -year -old small gallery, shot 6 out of 77 in birdie, and returned home from 134 to 7 equal. “Just kept making mistakes and doing things that you shouldn’t do, not just in tournaments, but especially in the majors,” Woods said. “And I just kept making them. I suspended most of the day, but unfortunately the damage was caused early. »»

Triple scars were ugly for various reasons. In a second, par-4 Woods went from rude on his way after his approach, then he broke his step in the bunker. After later realizing there was “no sand” in the first bunker, he hit his fourth shot into a bunker on the opposite side of the green. Then, after three-putting on his third shot, Woods found the green bunker again on his third shot, needing two strokes to escape. He then birdied Nos. 7 and 8, and only had two bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12 until the final birdie.

Woods, 48, has four wins at the PGA Championship in his first 11 attempts, but has only finished in the top 10 once in his last 11 starts (2018’s (runner-up at Bellerive). He started shooting 74-74, missed the weekend at Valhalla in 2014, missed the cut four times and was forced to withdraw after three rounds at Southern Hills in 2022 in his last seven appearances, and missed the weekend at Valhalla in 2022. Ta.

Asked if he was stronger than he was a month ago when he last played in the Masters, Woods nodded “yes,” but he added: Go to Pinehurst and go there. ”

It’s a tough trade because Woods has only started three games this year and is now seven rounds into playing some of the toughest lineups on tour. But Woods received a special exemption from the USGA and will get another chance to move up when he plays for second place at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst next month.

“I don’t play a lot of tournaments and I don’t have a lot of tournaments on my schedule,” he said.

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