Tiger Woods continued his opening Round 74 at the 2022 PGA Championship with a 1-under 69 in Round 2 on Friday and slipped into the 4-over cut line to end the weekend for his second straight Major since returning from a serious car accident to see . While Woods is 12 strokes behind leader Will Zatoris with 3 overs after 36 holes, it wasn’t a competition but an improvement expected from Tiger this week.
Woods’ 69 stood for the 11th best round of the day by the time he entered the clubhouse. He teetered through a muggy second lap with another strong start, similar to Thursday’s. Tiger shagged the fifth after throwing a dart to heel on his approach, part of a 1-under start through seven. But he gave one back in eighth place before busting out by the same amount.
The rollercoaster continued down the back with a birdie on 10 followed by a double bogey on 11. But as usual, Tiger held on, birdied on the par-5 13 and stayed just yards at 16 for another on his approach. An impressive up and down on the 17th right next to the green almost officially pocketed his weekend ticket.
Woods underplayed the last seven holes at 2, and with the pressure of the cut looming, he was just good enough to play 36 more holes.
“I knew what the number was. I just had to go out and do it,” Woods told ESPN after the round. “…I had to grind and go to work and I did it and made it and hopefully I can get a hot weekend this weekend. You never know with some difficult conditions.”
A quick start and a slump on finish was the theme of Woods’ performance at last month’s Masters, and he carried that into Thursday’s PGA Championship. But despite a pronounced limp at the end of the first round – and despite continuing to use a racquet as a stick both days – Woods was not only good enough to endure the tough conditions, but seemed to improve as day turned into night . Physically, however, this is clearly not the case.
“There are many things [I can’t do]’ Tiger said, laughing, after being asked about his recovering leg and general physical limitations. “It’s just the way it is. Luckily I’ve used my hands quite well throughout my career. I relied on the feeling of hitting shots. … I know it wasn’t exactly what I wanted; it wasn’t pretty… but I hope I can [play prettier] this weekend.”
Of the previous seven major championships hosted at Southern Hills, all seven eventual champions have held the lead at the 36-hole mark – including Woods in 2007 – leaving his chances 12 strokes off the pace of the lead are admittedly low at weekends . Still, to make another big championship cut and get a chance to be at the top of the sport is a huge accomplishment, regardless of how the next few days unfold.
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