Needing to get up and down from the back of the 14th green, he hit a flop shot to about 20 feet and raced his par putt 7 feet past. The bogey dropped him to 5 over par, three off the cut line, and essentially eliminated any chance of continuing to play this weekend at Whistling Straits.
Though he played his last four holes in 1 under, it was too little, much too late. His two-round total of 4-over 148 meant he was heading home early for the third consecutive major.
Woods was a combined 22 over par in the majors this season. Jordan Spieth is 43 under.
To put Woods’ slide in perspective, consider this: He has missed more major cuts in the past two years (four) than the rest of his pro career combined (three).
“I hit it good enough to be where I needed to be,” he said after signing for a second-round 73, “but I putted awful.”
It’s unclear if this marks the end of Woods’ season.
He has committed to play next week’s Wyndham Championship, the regular-season finale, for the first time, but he said Saturday that he will determine over the next few days whether “that’s the right move or not.”
Woods would likely need to win in Greensboro to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. If he doesn’t add the event, he will have missed the postseason three of the past five years.
Woods said his biggest issue remains round-to-round consistency. One day, he’ll strike the ball well but putt poorly; the next day, it seems, the opposite would be true.
“I haven’t been able to put both consistently together for an entire event,” he said. “Maybe for a day or two, but not for an event.”
In 10 starts this season, he has only a pair of top-25s and four missed cuts as his world ranking has plummeted toward the 300s. He has earned less than $320,000.