Tiger Woods has dramatically missed the cut at the USPGA Championship at Bethpage Black after heading into the event as the reigning majors champion.
Woods has failed to make it through to the weekend after he missed the cut by just one stroke.
Woods’ struggles were magnified as he played alongside red-hot leaderboard front-runner Brooks Koepka, who continued to light up the fairways.
Koepka finished his second round with a four-under 65, giving him a mammoth seven stroke lead heading into the weekend.
Koepka is 12-under the card, miles clear of the pack at five-under, led by Aussie Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
His round also gives him another entry in the major championship record book.
Koepka birdied three of his last four holes to shatter the 36-hole record in all four majors.
He was at 12-under with 128 strokes across two rounds, breaking the mark of 130 set at the Masters by Jordan Spieth, the U.S. Open by Martin Kaymer, the British Open by Nick Faldo and Brandt Snedeker, and the PGA Championship by Gary Woodland.
Woods meanwhile, was way back at +5 after shooting a three-over round on day two.
Incredibly, he was smashed by 17 strokes across 38 holes playing alongside Koepka — who could easily snatch the No. 1 rankings spot at the end of the week.
The agony and the ecstasy.Source:Getty Images
The defending champion birdied three of the first four holes to stretch his second-round lead.
After nine holes, Koepka was three-under for the day and 10-under for the tournament, five strokes ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood and clubhouse leader Spieth.
Woods, meanwhile, was struggling. He hadn’t found a fairway through eight holes, with bogeys at the second and seventh and a birdie at six.
But Woods sank a dramatic 20-foot birdie putt at nine, leaving him two-over, one under the cut line.
It wasn’t enough.
His miserable round sees him miss the cut at a major in a year where he has also won a major championship for the first time since 2006.
Tiger Woods misses the cut by one stroke.
This is the ninth time he's missed the cut in a major as a pro. pic.twitter.com/GUP1647lix
Woods won last month’s Masters to end an 11-year major win drought and take his 15th major victory, but the 43-year-old US star had not played a competitive round since then until Thursday. It showed.
Woods needed to birdie the 18th to save his bacon. Instead his approach to the green landed short, leaving him needing a miracle chip-in to edge ahead of the cut-off line.
He had to settle for par and a share of 83rd place.
— with AFP, AAP
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