PGA Championship: Tiger Woods will miss the cut

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.

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FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States prepares to play his shot from the rough on the first hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 18: Jordan Spieth of the United States falls to his knees after his shot out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the third round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 18, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Brooks Koepka of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th green as Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Tiger Woods of the United States peers over a deep bunkers lip as he watches his third shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark plays a shot from the sixth tee during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from the rough on the third hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 19: Brooks Koepka of the United States celebrates holing the winning putt to secure his one shot win in the final round of the 2019 PGA Championship on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on May 19, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays a shot from the rough on the third hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
FARMINGDALE, NEW YORK - MAY 17: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2019 PGA Championship at the Bethpage Black course on May 17, 2019 in Farmingdale, New York. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick, of England, lines up a putt on the second green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Friday, May 17, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
John Daly drives up to the first tee in a golf cart during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, hits out of the bunker on the fourth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Alex Noren, of Sweden, checks his lie in the rough on the 16th hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Brooks Koepka putts on the 16th green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
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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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