Struggling Woods misses cut at third major in a row

Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:51am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Tiger Woods plumbed new depths when he missed the cut in a third successive major for the first time in his career at the storm-delayed PGA Championship on Saturday.

The former world number one, who failed to advance after 36 holes at the U.S. Open in June and at last month's British Open, exited the tournament after carding a one-over-par 73 in the second round at Whistling Straits.

Woods had left himself with plenty to do after putting poorly on the way to an opening 75 and, despite improved play in the second round, he finished at four-over 148, two strokes outside the cutline.

"I hit it good enough to be where I needed to be, but I putted awful," Woods, who totaled 28 putts in the second round after piling up 33 in the first, told reporters.

"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 a too little too late."

Asked what adjustment he had made to improve his putting on the beautifully manicured greens at Whistling Straits, the 39-year-old replied: "Just my set-up. My lines were off.

"So I got my lines organized, and all of a sudden I was seeing my line again. And not only that but I felt like I could roll the ball on my correct pace."

Still working through the latest swing change of his career after recovering from back surgery, Woods has endured a dismal 2015 campaign featuring four missed cuts, a withdrawal and just two top-25 finishes in 10 starts.   Continued...

Aug 14, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA;  Tiger Woods plays from the sand on the 4th hole during the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports