SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Tiger Woods needs to close hard and fast if he’s going to avoid missing the cut in a third consecutive major championship.
Woods was two shots off the cut line with five holes to play when the second round of the PGA Championship was suspended by an approaching storm Friday at Whistling Straits. He had just sailed a wedge over the 14th green when play was halted.
Woods will be back in position at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning to finish the round.
After opening with a 3-over-par 75, Woods said he was in “complete control of the golf ball” but couldn’t get his putter working. He battled to play 13 holes in 1 over par Friday with some waywardness. He hit just two of his first nine fairways, just four of the 11 he played.
Knowing he needed to rally Friday, Woods got off to a strong start, making birdies at the second and third holes, but he gave that away with a double bogey at the fourth.
Woods got up and down at the second, a par 5, for his first birdie, then stiffed his tee shot at the 181-yard third hole to 4 feet to make birdie there. After pushing his tee shot in the right rough at the fourth, he pulled his approach left into an awkward stance in a greenside bunker. He blasted out short there, with his ball trickling down into another greenside bunker. He blasted out to 20 feet and two putted. Woods bogeyed the eighth, muscling a 3-wood out of the rough into a back bunker where he couldn’t get up and down.