Tiger Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship, his third straight missed cut in a major.
The 14-time major champion had already missed back-to-back cuts in grand slam events for the first time in his career when he flopped at the US and British Opens.
Woods, one of 57 players who had to complete the second round on Saturday because of a late thunderstorm the day before, carded a one-over par 73 for a four-over total of 148 – two strokes outside the projected cut line as the second round was winding down.
“It’s frustrating to miss any cuts because any time you miss a cut, you don’t have a chance to win the event,” said Woods, who has slumped to 278th in the world.
“Even if you’re way out of it – we saw Paul Lawrie come back from 10 shots in one day,” he recalled of the Scot’s stunning 1999 British Open triumph.
“But you have to give yourself that opportunity and I haven’t given myself that opportunity in the last few majors,” added Woods, whose pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles has remained stalled since his 2008 US Open win.
“I hit it good enough to be where I needed to be but I putted awful,” he said, summing up his performance.
The early exit at a championship he has won four times was just the latest disappointment in a miserable season for the 39-year-old superstar.
He has missed the cut in four of 10 starts and shot an 82 in Phoenix and an 85 at the Memorial for his worst pro rounds, even taking a break from competition early in the year to try to sort out his game.
His tie for 17th at the Masters remains the brightest spot in his season.