Tiger Woods plays through pain, makes another major cut at PGA

Tiger Woods tightened his jaw when the pain hit.

He laughed, used the occasional cane driver, and on Friday pushed his rebuilding force through the hills and swales of the Southern Hills with a singular mission: to go to the weekend in the PGA Championship.

And he did it. Woods hit a 1-under 69 in the second round, which put him on par for the tournament’s 3-over, within a shot cut line. He was in danger of missing the weekend before rallying with two birdies on the final six holes.

“You won the tournament if you missed the cut. I’ve won tournaments – not major championships, but I’ve won tournaments in cut numbers,” Woods said after cheering a few steps onto the stage for his next round of interviews. To be able to give it a chance. ”

Some consider the actual scenario the way Woods fights his body to go through a round. A 15-month car accident damaged his right leg so badly that doctors considered amputation.

Woods returned to competition at the Masters last month. They made the cut there and made a spectacular comeback in front of the weekend worship galleries at Augusta National. He never played again until his return to the PGA, a championship he won four times, most recently in Southern Hills in 2007.

Fans in the PGA Championship have pushed him back even when he looks miserable. He started with a 4-over 74. He said his leg was hurting that day before he left for a night of physical therapy and an ice bath.

He recovered enough to tee it up again on Friday, which in itself influenced game partner Rory McIlroy.

“Just incredibly resilient and mentally tough,” said McIlroy, who chatted with Woods frequently during Friday’s round. “He feels it and he feels it on every swing. … Yeah, look, he’s the ultimate pro. When I saw him yesterday, it was me, I was thinking of pulling out and going home. But Tiger is different and he has proved different. It’s just a monument.” It was an effort.

Woods never considered leaving.

“I’m able to play golf again and play in our big championships,” said the 15-time major champion. “I’m not going to play a lot of tournaments anymore. They’re going to be big tournaments. I want to play major championships. I always like to play them.

Even if it takes a full-team effort to get him back on a four-day course.

“Fortunately enough, I’ll be able to do it anyway,” Woods said. “I have a good (physical therapy) staff that has put Humpty-Dumpty back together and we’ll get there tomorrow.”

Woods closed the question of whether his foot was better or worse than Thursday. He had already finished talking about it.

There will be challenges in the next two days.

Friday at No. 1. On the steep slope from the 1 tee, Woods used his driver to sweep his way down the hill. No. The 10 tee stairs were also going slow. The ball in the bunker can mean awkward stance and unstable feet.

But there are times when he clears his mind from pain and suffering.

No. 3 until a bogie flirts with the cut line again after three holes. Birdie of 5 seemed to be straightening her gait in the next few holes. On the ninth day, he was tightening his jaw before hitting an uphill green with a rough.

The real downside came on the par-3 11th when he missed the green well to the left, then angrily hit his club against the cart path. Two bogies followed and they were in danger of ending the week before.

Then a late rally came down. Woods has finally found the cushion he needs. Received with birdie at 16.

Woods completed the Masters with 78 consecutive rounds. He left South Hills on Friday, expecting a good finish in Tulsa if his leg allows it.

“I’m coming back here to a place where I’ve had success playing against some of the best players in the world. We all want to do that,” Woods said.

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