August 14, 2015

Tiger’s second round suspended by inclement weather

Tiger Woods will need a Saturday charge to survive the cut in the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

The four-time winner was a 4-over par for the tournament when play was suspended at 6:28 p.m. ET on Friday due to inclement weather. Shortly after the horn sounded and spectators were cleared, severe thunderstorms and 50-mph winds descended on the area.

Second-round play will resume Saturday at 8 a.m. ET. Woods is playing the par-4 14th hole, where he hit his second shot over the green. After opening with a 3-over-par 75 on Thursday, he was 1-over through 13 holes on Friday. The projected cut is 2-over.

A late starter Friday with Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer in hot, humid conditions, Tiger came out strong with birdies on two of the first three holes. After a par at the first hole, he two-putted from just off the right portion of the green at the par-5 second for his first birdie, then flagged his tee shot four feet at the 181-yard, par-3 third.

But he gave both shots back at the par-4 fourth, where he drove into the right rough, pulled his second shot into a left greenside bunker and drew a terrible lie, blasted into another bunker, splashed out to 20 feet and two-putted for a double bogey.

Woods had a good chance to regain a shot at the par-5 fifth, where he smashed a big drive and hit his second shot just over the back of the green. Electing to putt, he left his third shot 10 feet short and two-putted from there for a disappointing par.

Following a nice par-save at the par-4 sixth, Tiger parred the seventh hole, then bogeyed the par-4 eighth. He drove into the left rough, hit a fairway wood over the green into deeper rough, gouged his third shot short of the putting surface, then hit a nice chip to save bogey.

Woods recovered from a poor drive at the par-4 ninth by making a nice up-and-down to save par and made the turn in 1-over 37.

Tiger two-putted the par-4 10th from 20 feet for a par. At the par-5 11th, he pushed his tee shot way right, slashed his second shot about 50 yards into the rough, then hit a good third shot just inside 20 feet and two-putted for a par.

Woods parred the 12 and 13th holes, making another nice par-save at the latter.

Jason Day and Matt Jones share the lead at 9-under, but have yet to complete their rounds. Day has played 14 holes and Jones 12. David Lingmerth is the clubhouse leader at 7-under 137.

Also on Friday, it was announced that Tiger has entered next week’s Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. He did so with the intention of trying to qualify for the upcoming FedExCup Playoffs but still has the option of withdrawing.