SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – When the horn sounded at just before 7:30 p.m. (CT) to announce the end of the weather-plagued second round at the PGA Championship Tiger Woods was in the depths of a greenside bunker at the sixth hole and spinning his wheels in his attempt to avoid just the second two-year Grand Slam drought of his career.
By the time he was in a van headed back to the clubhouse things weren’t much better, having missed a 3 footer for his first birdie of the day to remain at 1 under for the championship and tied for 36th place.
Although he remained under par, his swing didn’t appear as sharp as it did on Day 1 at Whistling Straits. So far in Round 2 Woods has hit 2 of 5 fairways and 2 of 6 greens in regulation but was again saved by a suddenly resurgent putter.
“That’s the way it was,” Woods said. “Had to hang in there and did a good job with that. You know, unfortunately I missed a short one there at the last one I played but other than that it was all right.”
Through six holes Woods needed just eight putts, with his par at the sixth his first two-putt of the day.
Maybe the bigger culprit in Woods’ stalled bid for his fifth PGA title is his pedestrian play on the Straits Course’s par 5s, which are normally where the world No. 1 makes up most of his ground.
For the week Woods has played six par 5s in even par, including a scrambling par at the second from a cart path and another at the fifth from the hay and the hay late Friday. By comparison, in 2006 at Medinah where he won his last PGA on a par-72 layout he was 8 under for the week.