Saturday 10 December 2016

'I putted awful' - Tiger Woods on missing his third straight Major for first time in his career

Published 15/08/2015 | 16:19

Tiger Woods covers his face after hitting from a bunker on the fourth hole during the second round
Tiger Woods covers his face after hitting from a bunker on the fourth hole during the second round

Former world number one Tiger Woods refused to confirm whether his season was over after missing the cut for the third straight major in the US PGA Championship.

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Woods added a 73 to his opening 75 when the delayed second round was completed at Whistling Straits on Saturday, finishing two shots outside the cut on four over par.

"I hit it good enough to be where I needed to be, but I putted awful,'' said Woods, who was 17th in the Masters in April but is a combined 22 over par for this year's major championships.

"I finally figured something out today on the putting green, but the damage had already been done. Finally rolled the ball coming in and unfortunately it was too little, too late.''

Asked how much it hurt to make early exits from the US Open, Open Championship and US PGA, Woods said: "It's frustrating to miss any cuts because any time you miss a cut, you don't have a chance to win the event.

"Even if you're way out of it, we saw Paul Lawrie come back from 10 shots in one day (in the 1999 Open at Carnoustie). But you have to give yourself that opportunity and I haven't given myself that opportunity in the last few majors."

After a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended on Friday evening, Woods entered next week's Wyndham Championship, the last regular PGA Tour event before the FedEx Cup play-offs.

However, the 14-time major winner would need to win at Sedgefield Country Club to qualify for the first play-off event and said he is not certain to compete in North Carolina.

"I'll go through with my team, we'll talk about it, what I need to do and see if that's the right move or not," the 39-year-old added. "We'll decide in the next couple of days.

"Unfortunately, I'm missing out on...potentially missing out on the play-offs. But I still have a lot of golf left. We have got some other tournaments that I'm going to be playing in, plus overseas events.

"The confidence is growing quickly. That's the fun part. I'm hitting shots and able to hit shots that I haven't been able to hit in years and that's nice again. And to have the control that I need to have going forward, it's starting to come back, which is nice.

"I just need to get more consistent in tournament golf. Only way you can do that is by playing, and as I said, I have a lot of golf to be played around the world."

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