Tiger Woods just completed his worst round at the history of the PGA Championship – an event he’s won four times in his career – shooting a 7-over 77, which has him tied for 98th place (at the time of this posting). Woods is a staggering 14 shots behind the leader, Steve Stricker (-7
through 16 holes).
We’ll update this post when Stricker’s round is complete. [UPDATE: Stricker finished at -7, so Woods ended the day 14 shots back.]
Woods actually started the day fine, but he was an abysmal +10 over the final 13 holes. Tiger nearly had as many double bogeys (3) as he did birdies (4). As one guy said on twitter, Tiger was in 13 bunkers Thursday, and not even David Hasselhoff spends that much time on the beach. Ernie Johnson, who is leading coverage on TNT, said the network asked Tiger Woods for an interview, but he declined.
It’s too early to say whether or not Woods will make the cut – we get an idea about that until around 5 pm. Let’s assume the worst – Tiger misses the cut. This is how he will have done in the last 14 majors (3.5 years): 4 DNPs, 2 cuts missed, six top-10 finishes, zero victories. Woods turns 36 on December 30th.
One would assume CBS executives are on their knees praying for Woods to make the cut. With all due respect, it seems unlikely that viewers will turn out in droves to see Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Alexander Noren John Senden and Bill Haas – the five guys atop the leaderboard – slug it out this weekend.