Tiger Woods misses the cut at the PGA Championship after dismal second round


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Tiger Woods will not progress in this year’s PGA Championship. The four-time champion at Valhalla shot a 74 in the second round, which put him at 148 for the first two rounds and a total of 15 shots behind the leader, Rory McIlroy. Woods finished Friday tied for 117 place, far off the score needed to continue in the tournament. Only the lowest 70 scores are invited to move on. This is just the fifth time in the 38-year-old’s career that he’s failed to make the cut in a major.

Woods started off okay. He hit a respectable par on his first two holes, but agonizingly missed a birdie opportunity on the next hole when his ball caught the lip of the hole and made a half-circle around the rim before shooting out. He would settle for par. What followed wasn’t pretty. Woods bogeyed on holes four and seven and double-bogeyed on  six, where he burned three strokes on the putting green. The second half of the round was slightly better for Woods, who was able to get two birdies on holes 15 and 18, but he also racked up another bogey on hole 16.

Woods’s problems seemed to start as a mix of bad shots and worse luck, but by the time he finished, Woods was showing signs of pain. He would lean slightly forward after his swings and grimace, while he began to develop a limp on the back nine.

Golf fans on Twitter had mixed reactions to the star’s poor showing, with many extending their well wishes in hopes for a comeback next season and others declaring the Tiger Woods era in golf officially over.

It’s probably safe to say that the Tiger Woods era is at least on pause right now, as the golfer’s chances of making any impact in the 2014 season are just about over. (Although there is a small chance Woods could make the Ryder Cup team still.)

The PGA Championship is set to continue on Saturday and wrap up on Sunday.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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