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2014 PGA Championship: 'Stubborn' Tiger Woods plays on, but misses cut

Sunday, 10 August 2014 - 6:35am IST | Place: Valhalla | Agency: dna

This is one year that Tiger Woods would like to forget in a hurry. And to make matters worse, this could even be his last round for the season, which ends in October.

Woods shot his second straight 3-over 74 and was not even close to making it into the Saturday field.

Woods didn't sweet coat his words, saying, "It was a long day. I tried as hard as I could. That's about all I got. Unfortunately, I just didn't play well. So consequently a pair of 74s is not very good."

Playing in pain, Woods played the front nine in 4-over 39, double-bogeying No. 6. His wayward tee shots on No. 6, No. 7 and No. 10 went into the crowd.

He might even have been tempted to pull out after nine, given that his courtesy car was just a stone's throw from the ninth. However, probably realizing that pulling out two weeks in a row may not be a good thing, he stayed on and finished the back nine with two birdies, a bogey and six pars.

Asked if his body was telling him not to play, Woods said, "It was telling me on the range (it) probably wasn't a good idea, but I'm not exactly a non-stubborn person."

"It was sore. No doubt about it," Woods said after totalling a 6-over 148 to miss the cut by five strokes. "It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it."

Woods made just three birdies in the two rounds and often hit into the crowds and visited part of Valhalla that he may not have even known existed before this week. The missed cut was only fourth time Woods had missed the cut as a professional in a major.

Playing in his 20th Majors since the last one he won at US Open in 2008, Woods added, "I couldn't make a back swing. Coming through is fine. I can't get the club back. And that throws everything off. I can't get anywhere near the positions that I'm accustomed to getting to or any of it. I can't do it."

In this form and considering the state of his injury, it is difficult to imagine Tom Watson taking Woods as one of his Captain's Picks. Many believe that even if a desperate Watson does do that, Woods should decline and simply tend to his injuries and get better for 2015.

DID YOU KNOW?
Tiger Woods missed the cut at a major championship for only the fourth time in his professional career




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