Tiger misses cut but possibly not giving up on 2015

 

Tiger Woods is signed up for next week’s Wyndham Championship. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play.

After his second round finished up at the PGA on Saturday, he said he would discuss the plan with his team and decide in the next few days about whether to play next week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Woods is ranked 186th in the FedEx standings. He would need to finish at least second alone to climb into the top 125 and make the FedEx playoffs.

During the post-round interview, Woods sounded like someone who knows he needs to play more golf to get his game in shape. He also sounded like someone whose 2015 season might, indeed, be over.

He said he guessed his PGA Tour season might be coming to a close but that he’s still got plenty of golf to play around the world in exhibition and non-tour events.

Woods finished the PGA at 4 over after playing five holes Saturday at even par.

The second round actually looked somewhat promising on Friday for Woods. He made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3 to briefly get to 1 over.

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Then, he started flailing in the sand.

Standing well below the ball in a greenside bunker on No. 4, Woods took a huge chunk of sand, but instead of flying out, the ball popped up and dribbled into the next bunker down. That led to a double bogey. On No. 8, he did a good job to save bogey after his approach shot came to rest at the back of a greenside bunker and the shot out of the sand traveled only a few feet, into the deep rough.

Woods shot 37 on the front, then made four straight pars on the back and was facing the tough up and down on 14 when the sirens blew to halt play.

His driving was still a mess. He hit only four of 11 fairways. His putting got a little bit better. He needed 20 putts to get through the first 13 greens, a better rate than Thursday, when he putted a total of 33 times and was asking, to no one in particular, "How bad am I putting?" with an expletive thrown in there, too.

He didn’t stop to talk after his rain-shortened stay Friday, though everything he has said up to this point this week has spoken of a player who knows things are broken.

But, he said he enjoys the process of trying to fix his game.

"It’s fun just to compete," Woods said earlier in the week. "And every day is an opportunity to get better. That, to me, is fun. I look at the fact that it’s just another opportunity to get better and try and take myself to the next level and whatever that is, it is."