Round 2: Play-by-play of Woods' round at PGA
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tiger Woods has an uphill battle ahead of him Friday, needing an under-par round to make the cut after his opening 77 at the PGA Championship.
Playing with Padraig Harrington and Davis Love III, Woods tees off at 1:45 EST at Atlanta Athletic Club, where the cut line is expected to fall around 4 over par.
Prior to Thursday's round, Woods had never shot worse than 75 in a PGA. Nor has he ever missed a PGA cut. Woods has missed only three cuts in major championships (1996 Masters, 2006 U.S. Open and 2009 British Open).
Jeff Rude gave a full recap of Woods' first round, explaining that he was doomed by rust and regression in his swing-change process. Read the full story by clicking here.
And it's only fitting that Tiger should hit another fairway bunker. He left his fairway metal out to the right and took a nasty bounce right.
With the ball sitting up above his feet, Tiger pulls his approach into the water and is on his way to one more big number of the day.
From the drop zone, Tiger bounces his fourth shot to about four feet behind the pin. He rolls in the putt to finish off a 3-over 73.
The question now is: When will we see Tiger again, as he will not qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs?
FINAL: 3 over today; 10 over for the week
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No. 17, 207 yards, Par 3: Tiger carries his tee shot long at the 17th, landing in the back bunker, drawing a pretty tame lie in the center.
Woods plays a beautiful bunker shot and rolls it to 2 feet. He sneaks the putt in the right side and saves his par. Off to the last. . .
Through No. 17: 2 over; 9 over
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No. 16, 476 yards, Par 4: Tiger hits another fairway and he knew it as soon as he hit it.
From the center of the fairway (160 out), Tiger two hops it to about 8 feet short of the pin and puts himself in position for another birdie.
Tiger misses just low and taps in for par.
Through No. 16: 2 over; 9 over
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No. 15, 260 yards, Par 3: By a matter of inches, Tiger clears the longest part of the water at the par-3 15th, which derailed his round yesterday.
His ball crept up onto a corner of the green and Woods rolls in an 23-footer for birdie.
Through No. 15: 2 over; 9 over
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No. 14, 468 yards, Par 4: Tiger takes driver off the tee and finds the fairway with a tee ball up the right hand side.
Tiger hits a nice fade that lands and stops 15 feet right of the pin, giving him a look at birdie.
Woods leaves the birdie attempt a few inches high and taps in for par.
Through No. 14: 3 over; 10 over
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No. 13, 372 yards, Par 4: Tiger opts for an iron off the tee and still misses the fairway, hitting another fairway bunker.
From the bunker, he nearly holes his second shot, leaving just a few feet for birdie, which he rolls in.
Through No. 13: 3 over; 10 over
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No. 12, 551 yards, Par 5: Tiger hits it left of left at the reachable par-5 12th with the driver.
With no other play from the trees, Woods punches out straight right and runs it through the fairway about 10 feet. With seemingly nothing to lose, he tries a risky 3-wood shot out of the rough and smother-hooks it left again.
Tiger plays a large hook out of the trees and runs it up short of the green. His next shot is a steep chip that creeps onto the front of the green and leaves him about six feet for bogey.
Woods misses and makes another double bogey.
The bad part is, this is the easy part of the back nine.
Through No. 12: 4 over; 11 over
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No. 11, 457 yards, Par 4: Tiger's fairway streak ends with a Rory McIlroy-esque one-handed follow through. His ball one hops into another fairway bunker, this one on the right side.
His lie in the bunker left a blind second shot to the water-guarded green and Woods pulled his shot well left into. . . you guessed it, another bunker.
Tiger is left with an incredibly awkward sand shot – with one leg bent sideways at the knee and the other in the bunker. Unable to put enough spin on the ball, Woods' shot rolls out and skips over the wooden retaining wall and into the water. Since it is a yellow-stake hazard, Woods will have to drop in the drop zone some 50 yards from the pin.
Woods plays his pitch shot to about four feet and makes the putt for a double bogey, leaving him five shots above the cutline.
Through No. 11: 2 over; 9 over
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No. 10, 432 yards, Par 4: Entering the back nine, it looks at though Tiger Woods will have to shoot 3 under to make the cut, which looks as though it will fall to 4 over.
Another good-looking 3-wood and another fairway for Tiger, who looks much more confident after a pair of birdies.
From 132 yards, Tiger again hits his sand wedge past the pin, this time about 30 feet.
Woods leaves his birdie attempt out to the left and taps in for par. He needs at least three birdies to make the weekend and you have to think he'd like to get them before the grueling closing stretch.
Through No. 10: Even, 7 over
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No. 9, 426 yards, Par 4: Hitting the driver, Tiger finds another fairway, his fourth of the day.
From 121 yards, Tiger makes a good-looking swing and leaves it 8 feet short of the pin for birdie.
After reading the line of Davis Love III's putt, Tiger stiffly rolls in another birdie to get back to even for the day.
Through No. 9: Even, 7 over
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No. 8, 467 yards, Par 4: After the embarrassing bogey at the seventh, Woods finds the fairway at the eighth with a fairway metal. He has plenty of work cut out for him if he is going to make the cut and he's running out of holes to get it done.
From 171 yards, Tiger again hits it past the pin and will have about 22 feet for his birdie attempt.
Faced with a left to right curler, Woods pours in his first birdie putt of the day.
Through No. 8: 1 over; 8 over
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No. 7, 184 yards, Par 3: After leaving his tee shot about 20 feet left of the pin, Tiger hits what commentators call "one of the worst putts they've ever seen him hit." It appeared he hit it fat and left the ball about five feet short of the hole.
Tiger would miss the ensuing putt and fall to 2 over on the day.
Through No. 7: 2 over; 9 over
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No. 6, 425 yards, Par 4: After making bogey at the fifth, Woods finds the short grass with a fairway metal at the sixth – one the holes that did him in with a double bogey yesterday.
From 121 yards, Woods hits it 25 feet past the hole – one of the problems he was most concerned about at the Bridgestone Invitational. He will have grainy putt coming back to try to erase the bogey at the last.
Tiger hits another good putt, but burns the edge and taps in for par.
Through No. 6: 1 over; 8 over
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No. 5, 565 yards, Par 5: Tiger's tee ball at the fifth fades and fades and ends up in the fairway bunker.
Without much of an option, Woods lays up out of the bunker and will have around 150 yards to the hole.
Wielding a pitching wedge, Tiger flies the green at the par 5, landing his ball plugged in the up-slope of the back bunker.
Woods splashes his bunker shot out onto the green, but with the plug it comes out heavy and without spin, running well past the hole. Woods leaves his 15-foot come-backer a few inches short and right and taps in for bogey.
That's a big blow to Tiger's chances – squandering one of the two par 5s Atlanta Athletic Club has to offer.
Through No. 5: 1 over; 8 over
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No. 4, 219 yards, Par 3: With a 7-iron in hand, Woods hits his tee shot about 30 feet left of the pin and will have a birdie attempt upcoming.
Tiger leaves the left-to-righter a foot short and taps in for another par.
Through No. 4: Even, 7 over
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Hole No. 3, 475 yards, Par 4: Holding the driver, Tiger hits his first fairway of the day, running it up the right hand side.
With a bit of a sawed-off swing, Tiger leaves his approach about 20 feet right of the pin at No. 3. Woods runs his birdie attempt about four feet past the cup and holes his par putt.
Through No. 3: Even, 7 over
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Hole No. 2, 512 yards, Par 4: Tiger hits it wide right off the second tee and gets a big bounce right, leaving him a tricky approach at the long par 4.
From a dirt lie, Tiger hits it through a wide window in the trees to the back of the green and will have about 40 feet for his birdie attempt. Woods hits a good putt, but leaves it two inches high and taps in for par.
Through No. 2: Even; 7 over
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Hole No. 1, 454 yards, Par 4: And we're off. Despite the club twirl that usually signifies a fairway bisection, Woods finds the fairway bunker off the first tee.
Bunker-to-bunker – Woods catches it clean with a 7-iron out of the fairway bunker, but finds the pin-high, left greenside bunker with his second shot. Tiger leaves himself a 12-foot, right-to-left putt to save par and hits it right in the center of the cup for par
Through No. 1: Even for the day; 7 over for the week.
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